Last year I opened a show titled A Thing is a Hole in a Thing It is Not. This essay, written in 18 March 2016, will convey the ideas I developed in my studio prior to the end of the show.
The title of the exhibition is a quote from American minimalist artist Carl Andre. It refers to his concept of the object as a ‘cut in space,’ which examines the traditional notion of positive and negative space. I used the quotation to hint at the basis of my work in two ways. First, my work examines the phenomenological experience in the working process where sensible qualities become perceptible in between their differences. This is a fundamental structure of the occurrence of a thing, because we cannot see anything in a homogeneous field. Second, I try to chase after such ongoing experiences by the way the drawing elements – point, line, and face – meet one another.
What remained behind after the show is a studio. In this seemingly still studio, I concentrate on the present phenomenon that happens to be now and here. It seems that here is nothing particularly manifested in experience. However, I soon find myself unfolded into random sensory data, such as ever-changing light or velocity of atmosphere. Only then there is more. In this busy studio, many-fold temporal traces of each moment accumulate and are repeated, and thereby blurred, waiting for the archival gesture to become a thing.