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Painting an image that flows in and out of art and life, the real and the unreal.

27 MARCH 2020

Imagine an open field. Some walk by it, some walk on it, and some just stare at it from afar. But what actually happens on said field?

Jimin Chae is a fine artist that merges scattered images of everyday life in a random manner. The selected remnants of memory, mostly culled from the extremely real experiences of the artist himself, walk by, rest or just stare and continue on with the very act that each of the pieces depict. Context takes a back seat, and each of the pieces are assigned a specific role in the square screen, but rather than coming together as a whole, they remain uncomfortably dispersed about. The unfamiliar, unnatural combinations of scenes never come together as a coherent story, and for observers remain an undecipherable situation. It represents that moment just before something might happen, but perhaps will never actually happen.

Chae has been drawing since before he can remember. Crayons in hand, he drew on all four of his walls, and naturally, his parents believed he'd become an artist. And with their dedication and support, he always and only dreamt of becoming an artist.

“I automatically thought that I’d grow up to be an artist and really had no other dreams. Consequently, the way I thought about and viewed objects was mainly focused around how I’ll depict them on paper or canvas.” 

Chae graduated with a fine arts degree from Seoul National University, then received his master's from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. After school, he has been growing his career with exhibitions in Seoul's Gallery Em and Noblesse Collection, as well as art spaces in New York , Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong.

Perspective drawing focuses on representing the second and third dimensional spaces, which create the linear illusion of depth. But, as David Hockney (1937-) has pointed out, the vanishing-point perspective has its limits. Chase actively take advantage of this limitation and advances the possibilities of dimensions, and he also fundamentally questions the plane and image itself.

"Paintings with a vanishing point, by nature, come across as calculated and rigid. But I find comfort in such works. I find myself unintentionally adding a vanishing point in my drawings, and as soon as I realise that, I begin focusing on it even more.”

Studio_Unspecified Space, 136x136cm(each), dil on canvas, 2014
The Cropped Tree On the Field, 112.1x145.5cm(2pieces), oil on canvas, 2018
In The Field(2), 130.3x162.2cm(2pieces), Oil on Canvas, 2019

“Anything that has to do with paintings feels joyous to me. People, depending on their imaginations, might perceive my paintings differently, and I sometimes wonder what people imagine when looking at my works.” 

"I will always cherish opportunities that allow different interpretations of my paintings."

In The Field(3), 112x162.2cm, Oil on Canvas, 2019
Walking Through The Field, 70x162.2cm(2pieces), Oil on Canvas, 2019
An Opened Door In The Field(1), 53x53cm, Oil on Canvas, 2019
In The Field Sweatshirts

Chae has been painting the sky since the early days of his career, and despite its infinite, mysterious nature, it can sometimes appear to be just a simple, flat plane. He used rubber cones, his main objects, on the sky-blue sweatshirt.

In The Field Hoodie

Flamingos hold a special, fun place in Chae’s memory.

Wttf Sweatshirts

Sweatshirt that reveals a painting when unbuttoned in the back.

Rubber Corn Layered Sweatshirts

The rubber cone sweatshirt features a layered sleeve that is reminiscent of stripes on cones.

Photography : Gunsang Park
Video : Kyungtae Hwang
Photography Assistant : Haewon Lee
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