Interviews | October 26, 2022 |

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Interview: Jb Yun
Luca Curci
talks with Jb Yun during the 11th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.

As time passed, I wanted to regain the sense of when I first started painting. It was a time when I got closer to the computer while choosing the design department, but it was only getting farther away from the brush. Design has helped me a lot to lead a realistic life. There were times when I was satisfied and there were times when I felt skeptical about the work on the screen made with pixels and mouse. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the design on the screen. However, I just started to miss the touch of the analog brush. It was a simple, uncomplicated beauty. Working with a computer requires a lot of calculations. Even the color that is simply painted has a certain value, and the same color comes out even if only that value is copied. Design work, which was the result of many technical factors, has a complex side. But what about paintings? Of course, I may need some technique, but the main ingredient is the senses. I just have to focus on my senses.

Calculations and skills are almost invisible or only slightly helpful. And even that can be overcome with a pure desire for creativity and a hand that moves according to the heart. I missed it. So I bought paints, a palette, and started painting. Although it was my first time using oil paint, it was somehow cozy and familiar, and it was soft when mixed. That’s how I started painting ordinary landscapes. However, the brush soon turned into a knife, which must have been for the simple reason that I wanted to imitate the hand movements of a painter in the TV show I watched as a child. I used a knife to draw the landscape, and then a still life was added to the landscape. And after a while, I felt that my dream was gradually moving towards this, and I wanted to express myself. I wanted to capture the landscape, especially the desert, which I liked, and the animals in one image, and eventually it proceeded to the current fossilization. Of course, fossilization itself will have to develop in the future. But at least I was happy that I was able to express myself on the subject of this fossil. Fossils are life and death, and I think this is the most basic philosophy. This is an unavoidable topic not only for me but also for us humans. In the future, I would like to delve deeper into these basics.

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Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Jb Yun –
Currently, I am working on paintings to express the boundary between life and death with the theme of fossils.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
JY –
In a word, it can be said that nature and tribes. Ironically, I have mostly lived in the city. So familiar with the complexities and difficulties in the city. So, the longing for nature seems to have grown. So I was envious of the lives of Indians and tribes. These desires were resolved through TV documentaries or photographs or drawings, but then I came across the subject of fossils. I wanted to paint the fossils, which are pictures made by nature, with the colorful colors of the tribes.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
JY –
As in my background, it is mainly obtained from fossil shapes, animal bones, and rock patterns. And by combining these inspirations, I create my own fossils.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
JY –
It is time to envision the shape of the bone. Any movement or feeling I want to express must be symbolically expressed through the combination of bones. Imitating fossils that exist in real life is meaningless to me, so I pay attention to this part.

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LC – How is your creative process?
JY –
First, I simply sketch the fossil and then move it to the canvas as closely as possible while looking at the sketch. I use two materials. One is acrylic and the other is oil. First, I paint the background color with an acrylic use to brush and then express the fossils with acrylic of the same color. Fossils are expressed by soaking a knife full of acrylic and pouring it slightly on a canvas. After that, when the fossil part is hardened, use oilpaint to express the surrounding patterns with a knife of a different shape.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
JY –
First of all, I am happy that I have had this exhibition opportunity. I think very positively about the fact that it brings together various genres of art that is not limited to just flat painting. I don’t think it’s good to divide art too strictly. Since art is similar to an organism, I think that it is developed with shared, enjoyed, influenced. In this respect, this art fair is a suitable case.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
JY –
It seems that there is a tendency similar to my work to be held in a historical building. Fossils are the history of nature. Of course, my work has a short history that cannot be compared with actual fossils, but I hope that my work will remain historical for a long time like this place in Venice in the future.

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LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
JY –
I think very positively. Most of all, I am very satisfied that the action for matters for inquiry was done quickly. I am also grateful for the love you have given me for my work despite the difficult circumstances. If there is an opportunity, I would like to collaborate.

LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
JY –
This is on-site information about artists who cannot directly participate in the exhibition. I was not able to visit this exhibition in person due to circumstances, so I was curious about the people’s reactions to my work and the appearance of the site, but it was difficult to find them.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
JY –
I think of it as a group that values ​​tradition while being modern. Although I did not visit the site in person, the appearance of the exhibition I saw through the Internet was like watching a banquet in the Middle Ages. This is very interesting and I hope other galleries will also accept it. In a modern society where everything is cold, this tradition evokes the warmth of the past.

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