Slade 2012

Beomsik Won

Benjamin Andreas, Promethus, 2012 Benjamin Andreas, Exaltation, 2011 Benjamin Andreas, Self portrait, 2012 Benjamin Andreas, Mother study, 2012 Benjamin Andreas, Naomi, 2012

Archisculpture 001, 2010, photograph, 100 x 100cm
Archisculpture 008, 2012, photograph, 100 x 143cm
Archisculpture 009, 2012, photograph, 100 x 143cm
Archisculpture Project
René Descartes claimed that on the whole, the design of the architecture built by one master is more beautiful and perfect than that of buildings by many architects. However, the purpose of the Archisculpture Project is to make a gigantic sculpture with a variety of building design characteristics by many different architects. This project could be described as a collage of a ‘Phantasmagoria’ that was discovered by Flâneur’s view of metropolis.
If there is the Punctum on photography, parts of architectures I chose here would be my real Punctum, and the fabrication of these forms artworks of the Archisculpture Project. Within this project, a variety of architectural elements are reborn as a gigantic and historic new sculpture. Therefore, this project is quite symbolic. The Archisculpture Project makes new stories, connecting every meaning of architecture, or makes a suggestive comment or proposal by dismantling a cityscape, rather than just being beautiful as an artwork.

Crumpling 006, 2011, photograph, 50 x 50cm
Crumpling Project
When a writer is dissatisfied with a manuscript, he or she may crumple writing paper up then throw it away. Considering a crumpling action, two meanings could be revealed. One is the negation of value or substance, while the other is hiding perspectives. A writer crumples up paper as a negative meaning. At that instant, flat surfaced writing paper is transformed into a three-dimensional structure and the texts on the paper are mixed, hiding its original meaning. Furthermore, leaflets, newspapers, banknotes, and so on around us normally have their own value as a piece of paper, as well as additional value from the prints and images printed on their surfaces. However, this kind of value is lost during the crumpling process. In reality, crumpled beauties' face photos show the limitation of beauty and crumpled prints reveal the degeneration of knowledge. It also indicates that there are no eternal theories. Here, the crumpling action is rather explosion-like, bringing not only changes in essentials but also transforming its shape and texture. It is not like a long-term process, such as the oxidation of a metal; it is more like a short-term instance, such as igniting oil. Thus, we could say that every social revolution is similar to crumpling an old system. The value is constantly changing as time goes by.
The Crumpling Project is a process of expressing the meaning of negation visually and it is also the work based on a spirit of defiance.

Formula 001, 2011, photography 50 x 70cm
Formula Project
Sometimes, the completed picture of a jigsaw puzzle can end up being an incomprehensible image, when the pieces are assembled incorrectly by mistake. Although the final image is supposed to be a perfect apple shape, it could appear to be a fragmented and wormy apple. If the original image was a landscape with a small tree, and if the very piece showing the tree was lost, the final scenery would be entirely different. An incorrectly assembled jigsaw puzzle may not need to be reassembled, as it may have an element of novelty. Thus, assembling a puzzle, ignoring the original image could produce a surrealistic result. It is similar to studying genetically modified plants and animals, or oddly developing mathematics. The Formula Project is based on a transformation of images or objects with various plans. Also, it is a work of analysing the original, before dismantling something and applying a variety of formulas in the assembly process, not being limited a fixed Signifier or Signified of images or objects.
Likewise, transformed results obtain values through breaking up stereotypes that we unconsciously have, in order to provide a chance to think afresh about the hardened structure, old clichés or simulacra that our society has held so far.