artclub1563 에서는 2012 년 3 월 16 일부터 4 월 28 일까지 김나영 + 그레고리 마스의 하와이에는 맥주가 없다. There is No Beer in Hawaii 를 보인다.
이번 전시 제목인 하와이에는 맥주가 없다는 1963 년 폴 쿤(Paul Kuhn)이 부른 독일 대중 가요 <Es Gibt Kein Bier auf Hawaii>(하와이에는 맥주가 없다)에서 제목을 차용핚 것이다. 노래 가사에는 사랑하는 사람이 맥주가 없는 하와이로 싞혼여행을 가고 싶어 하기 때문에 결혼핛 수 없다 생각하고 애통해 핚다는 내용이 담겨 있다.
김나영과 그레고리 마스의 작업은 자유분방함 속에서 만들어지는데, 동시에 관람객들로 하여금 깊은 양가성을 느끼게 핚다. 이들의 작업은 팝아트, 네오다다, 플럭서스는 물롞 개념미술에서 미니멀아트까지, 여러 미술 사조의 기반 위에서 세워지지만 지극히 자기 반성적이다. 이번 전시에서는 ‘브라운’ 이라는 색에서부터 ‘하와이 섬’까지, 여러 주제와 다양핚 빛깔의 아이러니를 담은 설치 작품이 소개된다. 또핚, 전시 제목은 작품들과는 별개로 독립적인 하나의 작품이 된다.
김나영과 그레고리 마스는 2004 년부터 듀오 아티스트로 활동해왔으며, 일정핚 공갂 없이 기획의도에 따라 다양핚 장소에서의 색다른 전시형식을 보이고 있는 킴킴 갟러리의 디렉터이다. 최귺 김나영과 그레고리 마스는 2012 세상만큼 작은, 나만큼 큰, 갟러리 현대, 2011 운율에 맞춰 춤을 추다, 금호 미술관, 2011 POWR MASTR, 아트선재센터, 2010 일찍 일어나는 벌레가 새를 잡는다, 공갂 해밀톤, 2009 SURVIVAL OF THE SHITEST, Lieu d’art Contemporain, 프랑스 등 여러 전시에 참여했다.
‘There is No Beer in Hawaii’ is a story about illusion’: Its title comes from the German schlager song ‹Es Gibt Kein Bier auf Hawaii (There is No Beer in Hawaii)› sung by Paul Kuhn in 1963 and due to the theme song being related to illusion, the title was named after this motif. In the song, there is a man who believes he cannot marry his fiancée as she wants to go on a honeymoon to Hawaii where there is no beer.
Illusion exists everywhere in art. Many artists express their own illusions through their works. Seeing these works, we can experience their life (reality) and the world of illusion. And we also yearn for that world and dream of another world. While it is so called the illusion in art, the illusion in philosophy is still difficult to define.
According to Descartes, the illusion of all perceptions is not a simple denial. It is not a lack of reason and truth, but an active manifestation of the illusion of subjective usefulness and that of passions. To put it simply, active illusions are equal to active desires.
While the works of Nayoungim and Gregory Maass have the characteristic of flexibility and have been created in a free atmosphere, the viewers might feel the ambivalence. Their works are founded on a variety of art trends ranging from Pop Art, Neo-Dada, Fluxus and Conceptual Art to Minimalism but they are very introspective as well. Touching several kinds of irony, the exhibition features a variety of installation works with several themes ranging from the color ‘brown’ to ‘Hawaii’. Moreover, the title itself becomes a separate art work apart from the other works of art. The exhibition will show a kind of systematic color saturation with a visual and linguistic rhetoric dealing with the illusions the artists incorporate into their works and those the audience interpret within these works.
Since 2004, Nayoungim and Gregory Maass have been working together as artist duo and have created their strong artistic synergies by sharing their unique and diverse ideas. The interesting points of Nayoungim and Gregory Maass works are based on their subjective illusions. Their method is simple yet enticing: they do not persuade the viewers with their intention or the meaning of the works but instead, they have their works catch a variety of interpretations and responses from the viewers. Nayoungim and Gregory Maass ponder on the nature of art: ‘How does art work?’, ‘How is art expressed?’ and ‘How do artists and their art works survive independently from each other?’. These questions are strongly integrated within their work. In this exhibition, they indirectly compare the nature of art which they consider very important to ‘Illusion’ and ask a question on what is the artistic ideal that everybody dreams of. While the exhibition embodies all the interpretable meanings of “Illusion”, it highlights the duplicity of utopian concept.
Nayoungim and Gregory Maass use ordinary materials that are commonly found in our life such as cartoon characters, figures, living items in their works, and adapt them by quoting the scenes of movies or novels. In addition, they apply a variety of art trends to their works. In this exhibition, they deliver a message through some of the most familiar images from ancient art to contemporary art. At first sight, each section of their work just seems simple, cheerful and funny but the implication of its components is not as it appears to be. When compared to music, their artworks are like a music composed of unfamiliar but new and impressive chords breaking the law of triad-based traditional harmony and this music with this new harmony has not finished and still continues on endlessly.
The exhibition ‘There is No Beer in Hawaii’ is a story that is plain and sophisticated, familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. We might expect a cacophony from the story, but it is just kept silent. When the time comes in which we feel that modern art is now more familiar and closer to us, we may probably feel the distance from it once more. And at that very moment, mixed emotions might go through us. We expect this exhibition to provide an opportunity to embrace all the imaginable and possible errors and share our thoughts and experiences.
* Derived from the Latin word ‘illudere’ which means ‘to play with’, ‘to mock’, ‘to ridicule’, ‘to consider fiction as reality’, the word ‘Illusion’ means ‘the state of being deceived’ and ‘something that deceives’. Its meaning includes both negative aspects such as ‘ignorance’, ‘lack of knowledge’, ‘absence of truth’ and positive aspects; e.g. I accept what I believe even if it might be wrong.