Body and Shelter

Reading time:

Gallery 1 and Gallery 2

Preview: Thursday 20th September, 6-9pm

21st September– 20th Oct 2012

The
 Agency
 is
 pleased
 to
 present
 a
 solo
 exhibition
 by
 the
 Korean
 artist
 Bada Song.

Ta‐iL,
 a
 Korean
 phonetic
 equivalent
 for
 ’tile’
 is
 the
 title
 for
 a
 recent
 series
 of drawings
 for
 which
 Bada
 Song
 has
 just
 been
 awarded
 2nd
 prize
 in
 the Jerwood
 Drawing
 Prize
 2012.
 Here
 drawing
 means
 a
 dense
 repetitive
 set
 of graphite
 marks,
 which
 act
 as
 a
 thick
 layer
 on
 the
 monochromatic background.
 The
 marks
 are
 so
 densely
 overlapping
 that
 they
 almost
 become a
 relief,
 morphing
 from
 drawing
 to
 object.
 Ta‐iL
 is
 the
 artist’s
 way
 of capturing
 the
 essence
 of
 traditional 
Korean 
roof 
coverings,
which 
is 
now 
rare since
 the
 ambitious
 modernisation
 and
 rapid
 re-design
 of
 Korea’s
 cities. Heritage
 is
 forfeited
 in
 the
 name
 of
 progress.
 The
 importance
 of
 the
 tile
 and the
traditional
family
house
roof
remains
a
protective
memory.

The
 metaphor
 of
 the
 roof
 or
 shelter
 is
 a
 recurring
 point
 of
 reference
 for Song’s
 work.
 It
 is
 often
 made
 from
 makeshift,
 unstable
 renderings.
 It
 does not
 refer
 to
 any
 dwelling,
 but
 it
 functions
 as
 a
 temporary
 shelter.
 In
 2007 Song
 performed
  Pollock ,
 an
 informal
 take
 on
 painting
 and
 the
 body
 which also
 can
 read
 as
 creating
 a
 roof‐like
 construction
 with
 her
 body
 and
 head
 as the
performance
evolved.

Repetitive
 movement
 in
 the
 process
 of
 creation,
 density
 achieved
 from
 light
 materials
 and
 minute
 variations
 are
 both
 reliant
 on
 the physical
 mark,
 the
 specific
 body
 presence
 of
 the
 artist
 as
 much
 as
 they
 are
 meditative
 processes
 of
 transition.
 The
 density
 created through
 repetition
 gradually
 becomes
 a
 covering,
 a
 shelter
 containing
 the
 body,
 albeit
 an
 ephemeral
 resting
 point.
 Song’s
 work
 is
 as much
 indebted
 to
 the
 Korean
 traditions
 as
 it
 reminds
 of
 a
 Beuysian
 essence.
 The
 interplay
 between
 drawing/
 object,
 body/
 shelter and
body/drawing
provides
the
interconnecting
thread
for
most
of
her
practice. 

 

from: the Agency, 66 Evelyn Street London SE8 5DD