Long Slow Distance


Hyungkwan Kim is one of the artist who have tried to find the veracity of painting at the end of the era telling us the termination of painting in the 1990s. He has focused on the problem of looking and drawing for ten years. From this perspective, he released 'Long Slow Distance' to show the disintegration of the world of virtual imagery in photography. This work represents the Antarctic and Everest mountains he wanted to visit. In this work, the landscape image of a rough color which may appear in magazines or sightseeing postcards was converted into the picture in which the difference of the saturation of the lightness was displayed using monotone. This work evokes illusions or fantasies that appear in the difference of images in a picture like negative films that can be described as a kind of illusion. His intentions contain a critical view of what he sees in the picture—because the mechanism of photography fixes almost existence and viewpoint as one place. Everest and Antarctica, which the artist has not been able to visit, can confirm existence through photography, but it is the object that we believe because we have not visited. It may be an image we do not see but we just believe. Just as desire it can only work through 'absence', the ultimate identity of the painting also begins to communicate with the person who looks at it, as the achievement of desire is constantly delayed through the absence of the object.


■ HunYee Jung, "Long Slow Distance", Hyungkwan Kim Solo Exhibition text (2007)