Scientists have found the
biological history of the earth. However, these attempts have some limits
because they see with only human eyes and it is just a human’s guessing. So
then, what is the faithful biological history of earth? Most likely, the earth
remembers this fact which includes the process of history from birth of initial
life to biological evolution. There is an exhibition which calls back the memory
of earth! The name is ‘The Memory of Earth’. Several artists have revived the
memory of the earth, which has about 4.5 billion years of history. This
exhibition is held in the Jebiwool Art Gallery, which is located in Gwacheon-si
Gyeonggi-do and has been operated free of charge to the public.
will think that this exhibition is too abstract but it is, in plain words, an
easy exhibition of environment art. ‘The Memory of Earth’ exhibits so many wild
animals, which have lived from the prehistoric age to these days. However, a
point of difference with other exhibitions is the way of looking at life. In
other words, the artists make an effort to revive life from an earth viewpoint
and not human viewpoint. This difference of viewpoint can discard some problems
that we see nature as just a tool of mankind or think of other life lightly. All
of these problems are caused by people-oriented thought. People cut a lot of
trees and abandon wastes illegally to earn money. Therefore, to change our
environmental problems, we must change our viewpoint to nature first.
Accordingly, this exhibition has significance that it approaches environmental
problems in a unique way.
This exhibition is composed of
three parts. The first exhibition hall is in the Jebiwool Botanical Garden,
which is operated with Jebiwool Art Gallery. Because the works of art are in the
botanical garden, they, mostly animal pieces, look as if they are living and
breathing in the jungle. This place’s name is ‘The Lost Forest’. Therefore,
there are animals, which were exterminated in ancient times, and are endangered
or threatened now. A gorilla piece composed of wood and string, named ‘The
Gloomy Peter Pan’ by Lee Jin Hyung, is so impressive. Its name, Peter Pan, which
has the bright mind of child, contrasts with the gloomy expression and dark
colors. And then ‘The family’ by Choi Seung Ho is the art piece that is a mother
gorilla, which has a baby pig in her arms. This special setting that a gorilla
and pig is one family gives a feeling of humor and affection.
The second and third exhibition is in
the Jebiwool main art gallery. It is just beside Jebiwool Botanical Garden. The
exhibition building, which is constructed in a traditional Korean-style, gives
an oriental touch, but its interior is bright and modern. In the main hall,
bright lighting and a color tone of art works make sure we feel a bright and
modern mood. The second and third exhibits are different from the first
exhibition. It is pictures and photographs.
The second exhibition is named
‘The Memory of Jungle’. Most art works in this second exhibition are treated
like wise lovable animals. At every turn, there are pets with smiling faces and
cute animals look like they were delighted to see a guest. Most people in this
place view these art works with a bright expression. In this place, an unusual
art work attracts people’s eyes. There is a penguin in an orange tropical rain
forest. Ordinarily, a penguin lives in a cold polar region, but this penguin is
in a hot tropical rain forest. This paradoxical situation gives people a
powerful message about global warming.
One important point of the second exhibition is that there are some art works
stimulating our memories of childhood. When we were a child, most of us loved
animals from very small insects to big elephants. For this reason, we enjoyed
traveling in the valleys to catch fish or go to the zoo to see fearful tigers.
In addition, we used to collect insects and buy a butterfly catcher when summer
vacation came. Nevertheless, as we grow into adulthood, we become estranged from
loving animals step-by-step. The second exhibition prepares some of art works
that waken memories of childhood, and feelings of homesickness. There are not
only art works about animals which children love, but also scenes that children
are playing with animals in nature. For example, ‘In the Streamside’, art works
made by Lee Young Su, there is a scene that a child is playing with a dragonfly
in a stream. Kim Ki Hong, an office worker living in the Seoul, says “Meanwhile,
I have forgotten to think about animals, because I have lived in my busy life,
but this picture makes me feel nostalgia, and I think that I must be concerned
about animals again. This way through stimulating people’s memories of childhood
is so fresh and impressive.”
The third exhibition named ‘The Dream of Earth’ is
exhibiting art works made by Lee Joo Yong. He is painting pictures and
publishing books about natural ecology. He describes pictures realistically.
Even when people first look at his pictures, many people mistake his pictures
for photographs. Reptiles look like a snake and lizard or freshwater tortoise
look like they are actually living in the pictures.
participating in this exhibition engage in their field professionally. “In this
exhibition, our art gallery requests artists to stick to their professional
field only. For example, Ahn Mi Sun is only making art works about a cat among
many animals. I think that this specificity makes the level of their art works
raise, because there are too many animals in our nature.” Kim Ka Hyun, curator
engaged in the Jebiwool Art Gallery, said.
We have experienced campaigns
which aim to protect the environment or endangered animals. Most posters and
environmental arts are made by materials that are possible to pollute nature.
However, these materials have a problem, so people are concerned about how
dangerous it can be. In other words, people must protect endangered animals;
otherwise, people lose their pure affection to animals. “We originally loved
nature and animals when we were young.” It is believable because most children
love playing with animals and plants in nature. However, we have lost affection
for nature and animals, because of our daily burdens that we must protect them.
Accordingly, we need to change our former ways of protecting the environment
into ways that make people have affection for the environment. If people have
affection for the environment, they cherish and protect the environment
naturally. This exhibition also follows this way, too. There are cute and
lovable animals in the exhibition. In fact, many people are enjoying this
exhibition without any burden.” Curator, Kim Ka Hyun, says.
There are people
thinking that the art is so hard because it is abstract and has deep meanings.
Then people often have readiness of mind or think meaningfully before entering
the art exhibition. Of course, art has certain levels of difficultly by courses
because they are made by artist’s individual concept. However, this exhibition
is different from other art exhibitions. It is composed so simply and easily
because the artists who participate in this exhibition think that the
environmental art must be approachable to the normal masses.
is easy enough to enjoy and understand for everyone from child to people who
don’t like art. “I used to think that art is difficult to understand, so I have
not visited art exhibitions frequently. However, this time is different from
those former times. The many works of art are made to be understandable. Even my
child views and says his opinion about the works of art.” Kim Kyung-hee, a house
wife living in the Seoul, says. The works of arts are mostly dealt with
well-known wild animals. We can see many familiar animals in this exhibition,
for example Gorilla, zebra, dogs, pigs and various kinds of insects. All of them
are animals that we often see from television or in many books so that we can
view them without heavy thinking.
The Jebiwool Art Gallery is surrounded by a luxuriant green
forest. If you see lovable animals in this green forest, maybe you will feel
affection for them. The exhibition of lovable animals including beautiful nature
gives a comfort place to rest for people. For this reason, there are mainly
family visitors, who visit to enjoy the comfort. Artistes make an effort to give
an easy leisurely time to guests, chances of coexisting with nature to people,
and spectators are truly happy with this exhibition.< 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >