• Keeping It In The Loop

    Video makes the Art Star at Doosan Gallery
    Video makes the Art Star at Doosan Gallery
    Visual artistry from Jungju An
    Visual artistry from Jungju An

    Video images as art rely heavily on the pacing of how the image plays. Jungju An capitalizes on the method of splicing scenes in a certain sequence to provide a rhythmic pace that compliments the subjects in his moving images.

    Military drills, ceremonies and a marching band embody pomp and circumstance but through the judicious use of looping that the goose-stepping, crisp salutes and pedantic marches seemed manic. All these modes of regiment and discipline slowly unravel to spastic, absurd and at times humorous.

    A marching band in a forest seems ridiculous but the unnatural pairing makes sense. The forced levity and calculated formation cracked as one errant trumpet player crashes to the ground and the band played on in circles around him. If it was more Mariachi music, it could have been mistaken for a Francis Alÿs. However, An gives it his own flavor with his casting and poetic cinematography.

    Jungju An and his moving images at Doosan Gallery
    Jungju An and his moving images at Doosan Gallery
    Artist Jungju An
    Artist Jungju An

    Now taking symbolism and pattern into the mix, An utilized it to create a harmonious and arresting tapestry with the building demolition, factory robots, and a bottling plant. These are scenes of destruction or production. It is mesmerizing with the atmospheric sound and looping certain parts gave a mechanical mantra that certainly enticed.

    However, the best illustration of destroying and creating is the concert between a saw and drum. The split screen played on simultaneously as the power saw created a harp while the drum player slowly delves into a destructive mania decimating the entire set. Juxtaposition does not get any clearer and boldly served in this piece.

    An just used the loop in the purest way for this series and did not employ digital trickery and the newfangled tech savvy software to get it to stratospheric height. But it is clear as in the show title that the loop is where it’s at and we’ve been clued in or rather kept in the loop all the while. As it is said, simplicity is beauty when done skillfully.

     

    Jungju An: loop

    On View: March 10 – April 7, 2016

    Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

    Doosan Gallery. 533 West 25th Street. NYC, NY 10001 

    Photography by: Olya Turcihin

    Art Review by: Oscar A. Laluyan

    Time for some video on art night
    Time for some video on art night
    All art congregants gather to pay reverence on Art Night
    All art congregants gather to pay reverence on Art Night
    Through the doors of Doosan Gallery
    Through the doors of Doosan Gallery
    Oscar Laluyan

    Oscar Laluyan

    Oscar A. Laluyan is a critic, curator and an art writer for several online publications, . He has worked in a museum and at an art gallery founded by a former architect of Richard Meier's firm. His passion for contemporary art is reflected and directed to seeing the future.

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