Escalator over the Hill (By Oh Hyung-joo, Gallery Sun and Moon Curator)
It is so wondering there are paintings and drawings done in music. It is also rare for an artist to be inspired by music because music itself reflects the subjectivity and individuality of its creator. Demonstrating a particularly strong affection and concern with music throughout her thirty years-long artistic career, Moon Hye-ja has developed her taste for music from Korean traditional and classical music to jazz.
A music Escalator over the Hill, simultaneously adopted as the theme of the show, is extremely difficult and experimental, and representative of avant-garde music. Her preference for such an intricate, fastidious music is considered as the culmination of her musical taste after a long journey for the wide variety of music. The work inspired by avant-garde music is like food that has a unique, distinctive flavor and exudes an exotic aroma.
Her work is full of energy and vivacious, but on the other hand it is quite rational. While listening to music, she always maintains the height of tension, rather than relaxation. It explains her work seems full of reason. The 27 minutes-long music sounds like a machine and has a monotonous tune. By an innumerably repetitive listening she comes to be familiarized with the music, understanding it with her reason as well as sensibility. Unlike automatism her work is likely based on, Moon Hye-ja puts her work under the constraints of reason. Without any prejudice and technical expression she seems to render her work under the state of unconsciousness.
She diversely varies the music and color in her own way, adding a meditative quality to her work. It is expected through the exhibition, the sound of color that lies deep in the heart of Moon Hye-ja is to be felt by viewers ears and eyes as well.
By Oh Hyung-joo, Gallery Sun and Moon Curator