CAJ#009 Painting by Kim Byungkwan

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Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.

'A Korean girl mocks Harley Quinn'

For me, painting portraits is not drawing somebody's inner but it starts, some what, from different point.
It is more drawing a phenomenon that wraps that somebody around and became as surface(skin). The human feedback that reacts sensitively and changes via axis of time appears as a phenomenon such as 'trend' or 'syndrome'.
The world that I gaze on daily basis, this sort of phenomenon occurs repeatedly and inescapably, not even an inch.
The reason is escaping from this wave simply will be recognized as dying out. Paradoxically, with all might and passion, to feel oneself to be sensible and healthy of the trends and syndromes.
Under these phenomena, don't you all think, it will be such a easy guess that drawing out so called 'identity' will be a vain hope? Or wouldn't it be very honest behavior to just purely draw out somebody's skin(surface)?
If this would be possible, outer skin which is drawn out cannot be set, and furthermore it better be ready to be changed to other place.
This time, the object that I select is "Harley Quinn Costume Play".
Already, here in Korea, this virtual character called Harley Quinn became a spreading syndrome, and after interestingly observing this syndrome, I decided to imitate by asking a Korean girl to imitate Harley Quinn.
Before the shooting the model, named 'Cho Ajin', for this series (for this work), I could absolutely be certain of a syndrome called 'Harley Quinn' that covered up her surface in full.
Surely, Harley Quinn is just one of the names of numerous syndromes which we all be seeing by other form sooner or later.





Kim Byungkwan

South Korea


Size: 35.8 W x 46 H x 1.2 in

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