Won Young Chang
The Long Darkness
I have been interested in the idea of ruin, expanding my painting into the hybrid forms of sculpture, installation, architecture and textile.
The project which I present at the RCA degree show, The Long Darkness, is painting based installation work. The pieces make connection to each other, creating obscure narratives under the theme of ruin.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Painting, 2018
I have been focusing on the idea of ruin. Everything is the ruin of previous existence. Creation is based on destruction like two sides of a coin. We create, ruining. I apply the consecutive process of destruction and construction to my arts practice.
When I draw, I start with a specific scene which contains the nuance of destruction from my memory and imagination. It can be an image of demolished buildings, abandoned sites or natural disasters. In the process of painting I imagine, crushing, blurring and exploding the scene. As I continue to draw, the light and shade are created, showing the instant, raw and genuine moment of my mind: like photos with flash on. The moment is captured and reconstructed by my marks.
I use diverse range of materials including oil, acrylic, gouache and watercolour. Applying various kinds of paint at one time, I make chemical effect and collision. Paints flow and spread against figures, making the image partially abstract and confusing. After all, the surface becomes the remains filled with traces of the clash; mixed figures, colours, materials and genre.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 2011
- That Night, Gallery Laon, Seoul, Korea, 2015 (solo); Wonderer, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece, 2018 (group); Butterfly Effect, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK, 2018 (group); Thumbnails, Hockney Gallery, London, UK, 2018 (group); Flourishing Growth, Store Street Gallery, London, UK, 2018 (group); Spatial & Colorful Sight, Luda Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2017 (group); Under the See, Crypt Gallery, London, UK, 2017 (group); Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2017 (group); Sanmoim Preview, Woomyun Mountain, Seoul, Korea, 2016 (group); ONON 2015-1, Cabinet ONON, Gyeonggi Province, Korea, 2015 (group)