As an artist and researcher, I explore ways in which the relationship between ideas, things and the urban is redefined through the politics of space. By looking at particular examples of urban transformation, I consider how things and ideas are materialized, actualized and urbanized as an essential part of urban system, which is produced, changed and regulated by the logic of capital. From a spatial perspective, it explores the transformation of the meaning and function of everyday objects in the complex relationship between the production of urban space and the logic of capital. In my art practice, I provide a new understanding of the concept of space, that is, the city, specifically concerning how a space is shared and functions in a particular spatial rule; a space can be a locus of material and conceptual transformation.
My art practice explores and expands ways in which the encounter of everyday objects and spaces with the process of urbanization produces a completely new idea and thing or a certain kind of a constructed landscape. It discovers a new understanding of urbanism and urban space, including changing ideas of the urban aesthetic, the principle of the use of public space and the political dynamism of the production of space. In the regime of the urban, things and ideas are commoditized and regulated or, in other words, planned, produced, changed, by acting as a strategic tool to make a better and idealized image, to gaining more profit. This idealized image produces an illusion, which is detached from existing functions and relationships in reality. New social and political systems, relations and orders can be generated through this externality of illusion, by transforming an existing idea and function into a new urban hybrid.
Working with the spatial specificity and difference in the production of a three-dimensional work creates unexpected outcomes, which can also be expanded to understand how human beings perceive, behave and, in a certain way, relate to specific conditions in everyday life, particularly in relation to the politics of space in the system of capitalism. Through the experimentation of my practices, I explore further the politics of space, concerning how things and ideas can be transformed in different structures of power; how the new can be produced in the interrelationship between different elements.
-Statement by Euyoung Hong
Euyoung Hong 홍유영
Euyoung Hong is an artist and researcher. Hong graduated in sculpture from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, and was awarded an MA and MFA in sculpture by the University of Iowa, Iowa. She recently completed her PhD in art at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2013. She received grants and prizes, provided by Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, Gyeonggi, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York; Second Prize, Premio Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milano; and Paradise Culture Foundation, Seoul. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with Saatchi Gallery, London, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Gallery Hyundai, Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York and many others. She is currently teaching at the Department of Sculpture, Ewha Womans University, Seoul.
이화여자대학교 조소학부를 졸업하였으며, 미국 아이오와 대학교 조소과 석사학위를 받은 후, 2013년 12월 영국 런던 골드스미스 대학에서 미술학 박사학위를 받았다. 런던과 서울을 오가며 다양한 입체, 설치 작업들을 해왔으며, 영은미술관, 현대갤러리-윈도우갤러리, 갤러리 인 등에서의 개인전을 비롯해 영국 사치갤러리, 메트로폴리탄 아트센터, 서울시립미술관, 오산시립미술관, 포항시립미술관, 광주시립미술관 등에서 국내외 유수의 기관에서 주최한 다수의 그룹전 및 기획전에 참여하였고, 2007년 뉴욕 폴록 크라즈너 재단, 경기문화재단, 파라다이스 문화재단, 송은문화재단 외 다수의 국내외 시작예술 기금 지원자로 선정된 바 있다. 2007년 뉴욕 ISCP와 2009년 국립현대미술관 창동스튜디오 레지던스 프로그램에 참여하였으며, 영은미술관 입주작가로 활동하였다.