| [GALLERIES] PKM GALLERY
2021. 6. 4 – 7. 3
PKM Gallery is pleased to present a solo show Beyond Words by Bek Hyunjin(b.1972) who has been actively working across diverse fields as a painter, installation artist, performance artist, musician and an actor. The exhibition begins on June 4 and will stay on view until July 3.
Beyond Words is comprised of ‘painting/ sculpture/ installation/ music/ video/ stage play/ script/ performance/ acting,’ and has in total of 60 works on display. Apart from three of his previous paintings, the artworks are newly created specifically for this exhibition. Showcased artworks include 44 paintings, 9 installation works, 4 pieces of music, a video, script, and a sculpture.
Pieces of music specially produced for this exhibition will be played on a speaker and will be accessible through QR codes in each exhibition space, providing a multi-sensory experience. A performance and live music event will take place on June 19 and July 3 respectively to accompany the exhibition. In mid-June, there will be a limited-edition package with a booklet, poster, and audio cassette tape produced in line with the exhibition.
Bek Hyunjin chose not to use any texts that describe his works in the exhibition. Instead, he remarked: “I hope each audience can enjoy the exhibition as one sees and hears.”
Bek Hyunjin has held solo exhibitions in countries including Korea, England, Germany, and Italy. He has held exhibitions at major art institutions such as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul, Korea), Plateau Samsung Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea), Art Sonje Center (Seoul, Korea), Sungkok Art Museum (Seoul, Korea), Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, China), and Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, Austria). In 2017, he was chosen as the nominee/sponsored artist for the ‘Korea Artist Prize 2017’ of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. As a singer-songwriter, Bek
also works actively as a member of the Uhuhboo Project, the first-generation indie band, and a project band Bahngbek. A maverick actor who steadily practices his omnidirectional artistic activities, Bek appeared in movies The Day He Arrives , Gyeongju , and Keys to the Heart , Samjin Company English Class , and Baby, Box, Broker by Hirokazu Koreeda, and television series Taxi Driver , and Happiness .
Script excerpts from the exhibition Beyond Words virtual screenplay A place where so many people come and go that I couldn’t think of it as a dead end
No, what I meant was that it would be better if nothing was permanent. Honestly! I don’t want anything that lasts forever! Seeing and hearing are really important, of course. You know how much I love to watch things and listen to things. (With a smirk) And I love to eat, of course. But still, I’m dissatisfied with just sight and sound. That’s why I create things myself to look at and listen to.
No, no, no! Why do I, of all people, put down words? I’m a singer-songwriter, aren’t I? That’s something else. It would all be much better, truly, without stuff that hangs around forever. (Glancing briefly in the camera’s direction) You understand, doncha? (Turning back in the previous direction) Damm it. You don’t understand it well. Hmmm, well… It would be so great if I could explain this in words. To explain this in words… really… it’s just too…
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