Artist of Time & Space
Huh Myoungwook has been recording the “austerity of time” by a wide range of mediums including lacquer paintings, installation, video, and photograph. Traces and color that time leaves behind are something formative that allows us to reflect on the end and extinction of an object or existence, while lacquer is the most idealistic medium that enables his inspiration to grow inside.
Artist Huh, since 2008, the year when he started to use Korean lacquer instead of paint, has sought inclusive expression of time and space which may artificially be materialized by humans and at the same time is headed towards extinction in the course of nature. The color growing dense because of intrinsic nature of natural materials called “lacquer” gets adjusted to metal canvas that the artist made on his own as well as to canvases in general until it takes on a variety of colors. Such overlaid traces are visualized in the boundary traversing upon the polarized domains of the plane, inviting the audience to experience the weight of time.
Huh's pictorial expression shows the perception of the essence apart from the phenomenal aspect of the object by applying layers of multiple colors on same site as in painting asceticism for purifying oneself rather than expressing denotative energy.