PLAYGROUND - "A PLACE / SITE / LOCATION WHERE A PARTICULAR GROUP OF PEOPLE CHOOSE TO ENJOY THEMSELVES." WELCOME TO OUR 4TH ONLINE GROUP EXHIBITION. THIS ONE IS ALL ABOUT MAKING DANGEROUS, PUSHING THE BOUNDARY DECISIONS. 99% OF THE ARTISTS ARE DOING WHAT THEY DO TODAY BASED ON MULTIPLE LAYERS OF SUCCESSFUL AND FAILED EXPERIMENTATIONS, OBSERVATIONS, RESEARCH, ETC. IT TAKES TIME, COMMITMENT, PATIENCE, AND A HUGE CHUNK OF PASSION TO KEEP DOING WHAT ARTISTS DO. THE NUMEROUS TRIAL, PLANNING, AND TESTING OFTEN BECOMES THE BACKBONE OF THEIR ARTISTIC JOURNEY AND EXPLORATION.
IN CELEBRATION OF THIS SERIOUS FORM OF "PLAYING" ARTISTS TAKE PART IN, AND THE WONDERFUL CREATIVE CHALLENGES THEY FACE, WE WOULD LIKE TO SHOWCASE SOME OF YOUR MOST EXCITING WORKS FROM THIS YEAR.
ON THE COVER:
SEEING DOUBLE (2020)
SANG WOO KIM
OIL ON CANVAS
150 x 120 cm
ON THE COVER:
BASKET MARYLIN (2020)
OIL ON CANVAS
90 x 83 cm
Archive 00 was launched in the early 2020 as a project designed to index, organize, showcase, and document artists and artworks of the contemporary world.
Unlike most publications, the Archive 00 does NOT have any long paragraphs, conversations, or interviews; Instead, it focuses on something that is much more visual and raw. Inspired by some of the oldest archiving methods from the Eastern history, we have adopted a unique approach called the 'Self Interview', to communicate the minds of the artists.
Self Interview is essentially a questionnaire that champions qualities that are often considered to be unimportant. It is a handwritten piece of memo-like document that aims to peek into the minds of our beloved artists.
Experts in interpersonal communication have estimated that nonverbal communication constitutes approximately 70 percent of what is involved in communication. Though we are unable to feature voices, tones, body language, and facial expressions, we strongly believe that the old school way, pen and paper, can convey much more than the typed out texts. We feel that even the creation of the Emoji culture is somewhat suggesting the limitations of plain texts.
We wanted our readers to see the handwriting of the artists, the random (or seemingly irrelevant) doodles, and memos. We feel that even the slightest details, like a small coffee stain, or a spelling mistake can tell us something about the artist. The documentation of this is like archiving a segment of the artist's vision, allowing the readers to grasp more than what can be expressed through plain texts.
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IS A MYTHICAL SPRING THAT RESTORES THE YOUTH OF ANYONE WHO DRINKS OR BATHES IN ITS WATERS. TALES OF SUCH A FOUNTAIN HAVE BEEN RECOUNTED AROUND THE WORLD FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, APPEARING IN THE WRITINGS OF HERODOTUS (5TH CENTURY BC), THE ALEXANDER ROMANCE (3RD CENTURY AD), AND THE STORIES OF PRESTER JOHN (EARLY CRUSADES, 11TH/12TH CENTURIES AD).
‘HOME GAME’ IS OUR SECOND ONLINE GROUP EXHIBITION THIS YEAR. 2020 HAS BEEN A TOUGH YEAR SO FAR, STARTING FROM THE DEVASTATING AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC (CORONA VIRUS). MANY OF OUR FELLOW ARTISTS ARE FACING SERIOUS DIFFICULTIES WITH NUMEROUS EXPOS AND EXHIBITIONS BEING CANCELLED. MANY ARE STUCK HOME UNDER QUARANTINE WITH NO ACCESS TO THEIR STUDIOS. AS AN ONLINE GALLERY WE ARE PRESENTING THIS EXHIBITION TO BRING SOME LIGHT TO THOSE HARD WORKS, AND ALSO TO ASK EVERYONE TO STAY SAFE AND TO STAY STRONG.