Seekee Chung, Kim Hospers, Justin Wijers
drawings, work on paper
19 February through 19 March 2017
All three artists deal with questions concerning the meaning of life in their work.
Kim Hospers (1982) addresses the pursuit of fame and immortality by portraying himself as a star in a reality or life style TV show. He, for instance, poses as a sausage-making chef in a cookery show or dressed in a smart suit while completing a survival task somewhere in the woods. The fleeting nature and casualness of the TV formats contrast sharply with the drawings that were meticulously created in a time consuming process of months. Justin Wijers (1981) expresses his dismay and powerlessness with regard to war and crime violence. Instead of commenting on the atrocities directly, he draws and paints the victims carefully and precisely. With attractive colors, hidden details and texts, he seduces the viewer to inspect the violent images from up close.
Seekee Chung (1979) produces highly detailed pastel drawings of ghosts and demons with which she refers to a life after death or a parallel spirit world. In Japan, Chung became acquainted with old folk tales about the so-called Yokai, malicious spirits that haunt the living. After dying, ill-treated cats may return as Nekomata, cat spirits with two tails that harass their masters. Another variation the Rokurokubi are ghostly appearances of women or girls whose heads can become detached from their bodies and start to float around freely.
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