South Korea’s art-tainment resort Paradise City celebrates the opening of its Paradise Art Space with the inaugural exhibition “Overstated & Understated” curated by Jung Kuho that juxtaposes the work of four internationally-renowned contemporary and offers a glimpse into contemporary art today.
“Paradise Art Space is a hub of new Asian modern and contemporary art where Korean and global cultures are brought together, and will show contemporary art transcending national boundaries by exhibiting works of renowned artists from Korea and abroad and by offering the visitors with an opportunity of hands-on experience,” said Phillip Chun, Paradise Group chairman.
The entrance of Paradise Art Space is home to a permanent exhibition hall, where “Gazing Ball-Farnese Hercules” by Jeff Koons and “Aurous Cyanide” by Damien Hirst are on view. As part of the artist’s Gazing Ball series, Jeff Koons’ “Hercules”, which dominates the entrance hall, depicts Greek Mythology’s ultimate hero and is tellingly constructed in delicate white plaster. The sculpture sees a delicate blue bauble perched atop Hercules’ right shoulder, allowing interaction with visitors whose reflections are caught in the blue sphere.
Covering the entirety of one wall is Damien Hirst’s “Aurous Cyanide”, one of the most famous pieces of his Spot Painting series. This is the world’s largest single canvas painting at 9 by 3 metres and plays on the themes of life and death in a range of bright colours, with a title that directly infers chemical toxicity.
Special exhibition halls on the first and second floor respectively display massive installations by two Korean artists that consider the beauty of the colour black. Here viewers encounter the overwhelming power generated by traditional materials of charcoal and ink in works of contemporary art.
The ground-level hall showcases “Issu du feu”, a work by Korean artist Lee Bae which brings together hundreds of charcoal pieces on Korean hanji paper. A combination of rough texture of charcoal and hanji paper smoothly absorbing various angles of lights makes this a pure visual delight.
Upstairs, “All of Sudden, Drawing the Space”, an installation by Kim Hodeuk awaits visitors. The hanji papers on the wind and smoothly waving inky water are placed harmoniously, creating a tranquil rhythm. As its title suggests, the shadow cast by the installation on the surrounding white walls purposefully forms part of the work.