Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Photo Finish

From now, continuing until November 19, check out SCAD Gallery's Mechanics of Invention exhibition by Korean artist Yeondoo Jung. The documentary-style photo series "incorporates simple set design, props and studio lights at an outdoor location to make images that slip between both the real and the imaginary." The design university has already hosted exhibitions from this artist at its Georgia-based campus galleries, and now brings the collection to Hong Kong, having added more pieces for an even more three-dimensional showing of his body of work.

The hyper-vivid tones are evident even in these low-res jpegs (click to enlarge), so you can only imagine what they'll look like in person. And I'm a firm supporter in the rising prominence of photography as an art medium, and the manipulation of what was once a purely documentary medium to achieve a new form of expression. It just feels more real, more tactile. So Picasso can paint a person in circles and squares... but can he exploit a lens to create the same aesthetic significance? Of course, I know it isn't as simple as that, but when you're looking at the beauty of these landscapes, whether urban or deserted, you actually feel like you're seeing through the eyes of the artist. And not just pretending to understand why the nose is just a triangle.

The exhibition and a public reception, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, 6-8 p.m., are both free and open to the public.

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