Sung-Hyun Moon

 

“Seunghyun Moon stands at a peak of his career in the genre of watercolor. It is perceived that the grand prizes and top artist medals awarded to him at some recent domestic fine art exhibitions may be rewards for his lonely life as an artist and at the same time, diplomas urging him to depart from the tendency of open competitions and instead establish his own unique world of art. Now, Seunghyun Moon as an artist stands at a zero point where he should leave behind his hither-to performances to be prepared for the future again. The fact that the artist is well aware of such reality facing him is revealed most satisfactorily in his determinate working attitude. His solo exhibition this time is a collection of his latest 2-year-long achievements; it shows a performance different than before in both terms of work form and contents. The watercolor or a media that Seunghyun Moon has insisted on for more than 10 years since his first solo exhibition is deemed an embodied material for the artist. To him, the watercolor is no longer a special material or technique; it might be a tool used ordinarily like an age-old hammer or driver. A change of his working attitude is found just at this point. He pays attention to the properties of the watercolor itself as a tool set, while his attitude is playful. He confronts the watercolor as a matter just beyond the dimension of materials or techniques, enjoying its nature and properties with his body and brain. To Seunghyun Moon, the reason why the properties of watercolor are deemed playful objects may be that he has embodied the watercolor while using and experiencing it over a long time. What does the play of the watercolor properties itself mean in Seunghyun Moon’s artwork? It must mean a meditation on water and color as well as the fun of color, gloss, luster or texture. The secret of watercolor is related to the property of water as a medium varying the properties of paints. The watercolor reveals its colors when it meets the water; the colors are expressed as a form with diverse patterns in a colorful harmony with the paper. Seunghyun Moon experiences an organic world literally that can hardly be expressed either in watercolor, oil painting or acrylic one, and therein, he creates his own miniature universe that obeys the law of coincidence. The paints stuck and hardened onto the paper will be melted again when they are infiltrated by the water. The time that is found through the play of properties is not overlapped but deconstructed.”

Kim Young-Ho Ph.D

Professor of Chung-Ang University, Art Critic

Expositions

2017 - 8ème Expostion Personelle (Gallery Sejong, Séoul)
2016 - 7ème Expostion Personelle (Gallery Grimson, Séoul)
2015 - 6ème Expostion Personelle (Chosun Ilbo Gallery, Séoul)
2012 - 5ème Expostion Personelle (H Gallery, Goyang)
2010 - 4ème Expostion Personelle (Seojeongwook Gallery, Séoul)
2010 - 3ème Expostion Personelle (Gallery La Mer, Séoul)
2009 - 2ème Expostion Personelle (Topohaus, Séoul)
2002 - 1ère Expostion Personelle (Insa Art Gallery, Séoul)