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2017년 3월 26일

Review on Hye-Ja Moon Solo Exhibition

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[Soyoung Cho (art critic)]

*Review on Hye-Ja Moon Solo Exhibition- Harmonielehre 2008-2010 at Jean Art Center

*For two weeks from the 24th of August to the 4th of September the paintings by Hye-Ja Moon were displayed in Jean Art Center.  In this exhibition the works were named after the title of the albums of World’s End Girlfriend that is a Japanese post-rock group since Hye-Ja Moon the artist has been inspired by the musical group for her works which were made between the year 2008 and 2010.  World’s End Girlfriend is famous for their musicianship of improvising compositions and arrangements, and of harmony and earnestness between electronic and classical music.  This musical group has a sustained influence on the art works by Hye-Ja Moon in that both seriously construe arts as improvisation and boundlessness between abstraction and representation.

*I could have a look at her works on the last day of the exhibition due to the hectic schedule of mine. I often listened to the music that the artist Moon had portrayed on her canvas.  However, the music did not need to be heard because they were already on her canvas and her works became the music.  Her paintings were breathing and singing on the canvas.

*Series paintings, Music for Dream’s End Come True are the paintings reminding me of Singing under the rainbow by World’s End Girlfriend.  Such images as birds, bells, figures running forwards, blooming flowers, blue sky and fluffy clouds imply bright and hopeful future with sound spirit, and the images of boxes that could possibly contain startling wonders imply further expectation and excitement for the future.  Rhythmically dancing musical notes on the waves of musical paper around the edge, and ships passing along the river that traverses the screen are the metaphors of the artist’s yearning for the unknown world.  I was watching the series Music for Dream’s End Come True with a pleasant excitement during the whole hours.

*Series Music for Enchanted Landscape Escape could be compared against the series Music for Dream’s End Come True in that the latter sings blooming flowers and bright morning while the former shows fallen petals and reverie at night.  Petals flutter down on the canvas and figures fall asleep under the tranquil starry light.  Ironically her autograph Moon is signed around a sleeping figure, which made me wonder if it is moonlit night or starry night.  In the series Music for Enchanted Landscape Escape the paintings are filled with motions both kinetic and serene at the same time. Such motions are arranged according to the logic of dream where unrealistic incidents occur consecutively and irrationally.

*Series Music for Mass Murder Refrain were made while she listened to the collaborative album  Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain by World’s End Girlfriend and Mono which was planned after their watching the Holocaust by Nazi Germany in 2003.  WEG took the parts of orchestra arrangements and string compositions, and Mono filled it with destructive noises.  From darkness and sadness to hope the epic album inspired Hye-Ja Moon the artist while she worked long hours with being immersed in the music.  In her works the souls are comforted and led to peaceful places by hands and songs around them and the eye in the center of the canvas accords a new order to all the chaotic sweeping.  The whole screen found the eye as a pivotal figure and all the things conform to the eye of justice and get harmony.  

*Hye-Ja Moon showed us how to play a pictorial variation of music through this exhibition at Jean Art Center where her paintings made during the period of 2008 to 2010 were displayed.   – written by Soyoung Cho (art critic)

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  • Admin
    7월 17일

    *The latest works by Hyeja Moon can be considered as the landmark that shows her long thoughts in her mind have reached to the starting point of her painting career all the way again. That is “Matisse’s colors and Mondrian’s abstracts geometric.” She titled the works <Compositions of Two Light Sources>. And the two light sources are, of course, Matisse and Mondrian who have long occupied her heart ever. What influences on Hyeja Moon’s work did those two great artists have? Matisse and Mondrian respectively. *First, according to Matisse, sound is granted its unique characteristic by music, and colors get their beauty by the composition of visual arts. Matisse also had an effort to revive the beauty of pure colors and to limit pictorial details so that he was able to focus on his themes. *As mentioned above, Hyeja Moon influenced by Matisse also shows a similar usage of colors and composition: using pure colors without mixing them on the pallet and leaving out details to focus on the themes. Especially, in the series of <Composition of two light sources> 2019 she expresses her dynamic energy with the least pictorial elements like lines, faces, and colors. The two light sources are not drawn or painted, but they can be inferred by the composition. On the canvas the undrawn light sources are composed with the lines, colors, and faces. The two light sources let the light rays go anywhere forward even though they are not drawn. *Secondly, the artist’s notes are going to be cited to see how Mondrian’s abstract geometric influenced Moon’s upcoming series. Mondrian expressed the idea that we were able to get to the essence when we analyze and simplify something through the creation of the De Stijl movement. In fact, Hyeja Moon the artist, in her note in 2015, mentioned that she was greatly influenced by Mondrian’s <Broadway Boogie-woogie>. She was startled to the work of art by Mondrian because the straight lines and dots and colors that separates the screen seemed to be dancing for music. Moon in her note in 2015 wrote that she wished the viewers to have such free feeling of fullness through her works as if she experienced through the work of Mondrian. In conclusion, Matisse and Mondrian are the two light sources (the motives) through the world of her work. The decorative and dynamic energy she has analyzed, observed and implemented for a long time is represented solely in lines, faces, and colors in the upcoming series of her work <Composition of two light sources>. This work is the result of her always agonizing over “how to draw the most liberating painting without being tied to everything” (artist note April, 2000). – Critic Soyoung Cho, April 8, 2019
  • Admin
    1월 1일

    *1. The artist Hyeja Moon considered the philosophy of off-loading as something meaningful in the composition series (2018) and she still pushes it forward. She has split the image in some ways without putting the light source in the center while being obsessed with the light source. Recently, however, she left the center of the canvass unpainted, where she used to paint the light source. Instead, after drawing the radiative lays of the light source, she draws a few dotted circles multi-layered. These circles remind of waves. The latest works are two types. One has the layers of dotted circles around the center which is left with the background color. The other has a little dark colored center and a distinct circle around it. Also, the latter has many layers like annual rings or light waves. *2. Her previous works showed the intense light source in the center which was considered as the origin of dynamic power in the context. Therefore, by leaving the center alone is quite new. Also, by leaving the center with the ground color the radiative rays change their direction toward the center not out-going, convergence not diffusion. The previous works of the light series represented giving off the light, energy, and dynamic power etc. On the other hand, in the recent paintings she changed the direction of the power and energy toward the center. Emitting the light turned into collecting and focusing the lays like the eye, photoreceptor. That is very intriguing change. *3. Through her established works, she tried to give off her creative energy with impromptu dynamism. Now, all the changes of her paintings taken together, her attitude of life may have been changed into something like contemplation and meditation. The music the artist always keeps at hand while painting changed. The album full of beautiful songs is produced by her own daughter, Young-im Lee, and the several song lyrics are written by Bub-hueng, a Buddhist monk. The meditation music she listens to while working backs up my speculation above. Artist Hye-ja Moon equipped with such meditation music will walk on and on until she found nowhere to go. 2018-12-29 by Soyoung Cho
  • Admin
    2018년 5월 14일

    *The attachment on <Composition – The philosophy of offloading> (2018) * The philosophy on light dug into by Hyeja Moon through her paintings as <Music for charms of the night sky 005> (2016), <The Sun> series (2017), and <Composition> series (2017) _ Soyoung Cho, Art Critic, 2018. *Over the past three years, Hyeja Moon has spread out various points of view and colors on the canvas for a theme, light. Year by year, it has been a challenge for me to follow the trace of her toil on light. Hyeja Moon’s recent work <Composition – the Philosophy of offloading> (2018) is the quiescence and ensemble of her previous works into which she wanted to put the thrill and joy that she got on the way home from her studio a few years ago when a light of street lamp hit her eyes and quickened her heart beat. *The artist Moon has a peculiar aptitude for the pictorial composition, and makes a new work by adding or subtracting pictorial elements with dexterity. The latest work of hers, <Composition –the Philosophy of offloading> got its subtitle on account of her attitude of light source, one of her main themes. First of all, she puts all the ideas on the light and colors on the canvas. Then, she paints the light source out of it. It was the most impressive part of all. She has occupied herself by filling elements on the canvas for some time. However, this time she beautifully filled the elements of light with the canvas, but no described the light source. That is, the artist tells nothing about the light source, but it reveals itself by not describing. *In 2016, Moon painted her intensive passion about light which was shown through her work <Music for Charms of the Night Sky 005>. In 2017, serial works <The Sun> and <The Light> demonstrated the nature of light: 1) Light travels in straight lines. 2) Light particles vary. She experimented how different effects were resulted according to the ratio of the two composing elements in the small sized <Composition> series in 2017. *After years of studying, she filled <Composition – the Philosophy of offloading> (2018) with all the elements of past works such as <The Music for Charms of the Night Sky 005>, <The Sun>, <The Light> and <Composition> series (2017). The light source that had captured Moon’s heart in a moment positioned in the center of <Composition – the Philosophy of offloading> (2018). Now, it is ready to capture the viewers’. Whereas the spatial effect of convergence and spread out in the work <Composition – the Philosophy of offloading> (2018) seems alike with <The Light> (2017), linear division in <Composition>series (2017) changed into circular in <Composition – the Philosophy of offloading> (2018). * This way, Moon collected all her toils about the theme of light for the last three years into this work. Nonetheless, she put all the stories and explanations away. Colorful plastic episodes hide themselves. The artist does not say, “The light is there”. She just says, “Let it be”. This is the part where her sagacity and experience appear.