'It Almost Became Anything' by Ju Gio and Kim Yeojin

Moosey presents “It Almost Became Anything” a Duo Exhibition by South Korean artists, Ju Gio and Yeojin Kim.

‘It Almost Became Anything’, reflects Ju Gio and Yeojin Kim’s contemplation of the possibilities between meaning and form. Both artists are interested in the space between moving objects, transformations, and the meanings from it. They work with various possibilities and fractions from solid forms to intangible stories, to further construct their own narratives on the canvas.

Ju Gio (b.1985) creates her work by using multiple cuts of animation on a single screen to give it a sense of lived temporality. She then adds a narrative, a familiar ‘after image’ that everyone has had in their memory and then tries to re-awaken it. It is a monument to all the values that are being poured away.

“When we look into our memories, what remains of our emotional afterglow lasts longer, and together they become what we think of as our personal life. Most of the time, they disappear or remain distorted, but sometimes they are transformed into energy and give us a reason to live. People think that the memories they forget are mostly useless, but I think no one can set a standard for value.... What I'm trying to do is not separate fact from fiction or prove anything. And I don't try to define whether it's right or wrong. Instead, I try to leave a little bit more of the regrettable values that awkwardly exist in this boundary and then disappear, and create my own monuments to the things that are constantly important and then obsolete.”

Yeojin Kim’s (b.1979) landscapes are a psychological space where symbolism and narratives reside. There is no clear line between figuration and landscape, a tree could look like a person and by following the movement of brushstrokes eventually could become a bird or even roots. Everything on the canvas is transforming into something else creating ‘after images’ of evolution.

“The forests in my works are where my stories take place. They are very private spaces, and they stay close to my mind. At glance, they look like a simple landscape but when you look closer there are characters and stories in the landscape. Life and death are all closely related to nature as we all live in the circle of life. I believe that plants, animals, and human beings all together form a skin on the earth.”