Subsidiary Construction 부차적 구성

- On the Ethical Politics of Material 물질의 윤리적 정치성에 대하여

This project since 2008 is about political attitude and ethical politics of art occurred by materials and forms of art.

One day Gimhongsok has stared at a state of his wrapped artworks and realized that it is another subjective object as like the unwrapped ones. Objects we encounter can be equal in value or meaning as existence, but all objects are decided and judged by political and social nature as like artwork is the subject in an art exhibition. In both cases of the implicit politics of materials, such as stone, metal, wood, and canvas as artistic materials chosen by artists traditionally and the politics of manner which appear in everyday objects chosen by contemporary artists, all boundaries indicate the explicit subjective object. Gimhongsok made peripheral materials as subject to reserve this hierarchical situation, i. e. the dualistic confrontational situation of subject and periphery.

Objects which subsidize subjective objects such as plastic bags of shopping goods, cardboard box which contains products, expanded polystyrene installed behind the office walls, or wrapping materials to protect artwork become to be located the main subject of Gimhongsok’s artwork. Plastic bags, PVC fabric, lumber, plywood, expanded polystyrene foam, so-called subsidiary materials expand to Gimhongsok’s sculpture through form, structure, arrangement.

“Trash bags which can be seen commonly on the street are mostly the result of cooperation by the multitudes. The form of existence and the meaning of a trash bag thrown away by someone can be changed by a pedestrian who was walking by. For example, when a pedestrian crumples a bottle of beverage in a trash bag on the street or when another trash bag is put on the top of a trash bag thrown on the street, the form generates abundant fables. This kind of cooperation is spontaneous because a certain consensus was not premised among the cooperators. This kind of spontaneous result, however, can be true social consensus.”

Gimhongsok, Artist statement in 2006

2008년부터 진행된 이 프로젝트는 재료와 형태에 의한 미술의 정치적 태도와 윤리적 정치성에 대한 것이다. 김홍석은 자신의 스튜디오에 있는 포장된 상태의 작품을 보고 그것은 실제 작품과 동일한 또 다른 주체적 대상임을 깨닫는다. 우리가 대하는 사물이나 물건은 존재로써 가치나 의미가 평등하다 할 수 있으나 미술 전시에서 작품이 주된 주체이듯 모든 개체는 정치성과 사회성에 의해 판단되거나 결정된다. 전통적으로 미술가로부터 미술적 재료로 선택된 돌, 금속, 목재. 캔버스가 내포한 재료의 정치성과 현대 미술가들이 선택한 일상적 오브제에 나타나는 태도의 정치성에는, 두 경우 모두 경계가 명확한 주체적 대상을 지시한다. 김홍석은 이러한 위계적 상황 즉, 주체와 주변이라는 이원적 대치상황을 역전시키기 위해 주변적 재료를 주체화한다. 미술작품을 보호하기 위한 포장재, 사무실의 벽면에 뒤에 설치된 스티로폼, 상품을 담은 종이상자, 쇼핑 물품이 담긴 비닐봉지 등과 같은 주체적 대상을 보조하는 사물들은 김홍석의 작품의 주된 주체로 자리하게 된다. 부자재(副資材, subsidiary materials)를 불리는 비닐봉지, 종이박스, 비닐천, 각목, 합판, 스티로폼은 형태, 구조, 조합을 통해 김홍석의 입체 작품으로 확장된다.

paintings & sculptures
Gravel Cube
Acrobatic Straight Line
Lumber Construction-Barrier
Oval Construction-bomb
Human Order-priming
Untitled(short people)
A Study on Slanted & Hyperbolic Constitution
Noise of Sense (ACT)
One Breath
Solitude of Silence
10 Breaths (M)
10 Sizes of Breaths
8 Breaths
AMBIGUOUS(Social Dust Lazy)
15 Breaths
A Man who Timidly Asks for a Handshake
Bearlike Construction-629
DIN A series
Lounge (Vientiane version)
A Pair of Slippers
Bearlike Construction
Better Future
Lady Construction
Mr. Kim 
People Construction
A Fire
A Star
Stairs Constructuon
The Thinker-Regarding and attitude intending to intellectual equality
Canine Construction
Rabbit Construction
Bunny's Sofa
Bremen Town Musicians
This is Coyote
This is Rabbit
jesus, i'mrestless

Fear Begotten by Adiaphora-KIOSK

Structuring Shadows

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