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Connected Perspectives

Byungjae OH

From October 11, 2023, to November 11, 2023, a solo exhibition by Oh Byungjae will be held at Pyo Gallery.

오병재, 문양화된 지적 이미지-예상치 못한 남자, 2023, Acrylic on Linen, 192x120cm

This marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in four years since 2019. In the preface of this exhibition, the writer aims to delve deeper into the artist’s working method and explore the perspective of “inverse perspective” that reveals the relationships between people, as well as the meaning conveyed by the images on the screen, such as books, servers, tables, and more.

In this exhibition, the artist has presented a series of works that reinterpret familiar images from the artist’s past in a more mature yet fresh perspective. These works include: : Where the landscape gradually proliferates by combining canvas pieces depicting parts of houses’ façades, : A contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional concept of ‘Chaekkori painting’, , : Depicting an array of computer servers,

,, . These are a few examples of works that will be on display at the exhibition. Each of these pieces offers a fresh perspective on familiar objects and themes, showcasing the artist’s evolving interpretation and artistic growth.

오병재, 문양화된 장소 Patterned Place, 2021, Acrylic on Linen, 34x43cm

Oh Byungjae’s work brings attention to the concept of “inverse perspective” In traditional Eastern painting, inverse perspective, in contrast to the central perspective focusing on the subject’s point of view, portrays the subject with the simultaneous intersection of my gaze and that of others on the opposite side, or in other words, the gaze of the ‘Other.’ Naturally, this leaves somewhat peculiar forms on the canvas, distinct from the conventional representation of forms. By elevating the tolerance for the perspective of the ‘Other,’ the artist seeks to encompass both my perspective as the subject and the perspectives of others excluding me.This is an interesting point that also connects with alternative ideas about perspective in traditional Western art, which was characterized by a focus on the subject. Through this inverse perspective, the artist links the gaze of the ‘Other’ with the subject-centric worldview that views the world.

오병재, Servers, 2023, Acrylic on Linen, 117x73cm

The multitude of gazes observed through the inverse perspective implies that the worldviews of the ‘Others’ coexist in the same space (or spacetime). It suggests that not only one point of view, as represented by the traditional perspective, but various perspectives and thoughts exist in this world.

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