Hyo-Seok Jin is a Korean artist who has been living in France for nearly twenty years. Two cultures meet in his artistic practice, where questions of mental images, spaces and forms converge.
The pure image can only be approached through the reflection, which does not mean as a reflection. Hyo-Seok Jin has understood this and has been able to give consistency to the empty reflection, that is to say here to a conception of space as not yet generated, from games of overlapping or sliding from one surface to another. The colors on its panels allowed him to make exist the reflection without image and the panels them, could give to make exist a surface which incarnated the abstract mental image. (…) The « broken » image revealed itself to be the bearer of another, even more essential dimension, that of the fold. The superimposed surfaces revealed by the play of the reflections of the lacquers on the industrial woods a mental depth and not only a « narcissistic » trap. But they were also the inscription on the surface of the drawn part of the work. The hand showed itself here through the line. It could henceforth appropriate the line to reveal it as a fold.
The space can then be apprehended from a dynamic point of view. It does not pre-exist anything, it is what manifests itself in the « unfolding » which is the action to pass from the mental form to its plastic incarnation. To unfold is the gesture by which the art by inventing the space allows the thought to come world by exposing itself and, exposing itself to become space.
Jean-Louis Poitevin, critic and editor of art review TK21
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Two cultures meet within his artistic practice, where questions of mental images, spaces and forms converge.