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I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Opening / Event Date:
25 March, 2022
Time:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
7 May, 2022
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Website:
https://overtheinfluence.com/exhibitions/i-know-what-you-did-last-summer/

Over the Influence is pleased to announce I Know What You Did Last Summer, a new series of paintings by South Korean artist Hyangmok Baik. This is the artist’s second solo show with the gallery and his first presentation in Hong Kong.

This exhibition continues the utopian narrative Baik has been exploring since the start of the pandemic, and the subject of his Los Angeles show, The Garden of Eden (2021).

For the works in I Know What You Did Last Summer, Baik delves deeper into ideologies around the pursuit of pleasures and happiness in pre-pandemic era, with a fresh, contemporary and invigorated purview.

Departing from the notion of the utopia itself, the Hong Kong exhibition explores notion of possibility and things that may and could happen within a utopia. Various symbols and animals, like unicorns and tigers, are depicted to create mesmerizing and an often-bewildering array of personal affects and scenery within a single canvas.

Baik’s playful symbolism, vibrant compositions and keen use of color convey a range of emotion, and allude to possible narratives both within and outside the canvases themselves.

The artist combines bold colors, flattened perspective, and raw moments throughout his canvases. By layering various color blocks, adding a subject, erasing, adding color blocks again, drawing, erasing, and layering again, the resulting compositions are depicted honestly and without artifice.

The raw, heavily-worked surfaces and unpredictable color schemes are juxtaposed with uncanny arrays of flora, palm trees, fantastical animals, people and things—resulting in a teeming entanglement of elements as absurdly incongruous as they are unexpectedly harmonious. Baik’s graphic, angular figures yearn for a utopian world filled with familiar, trivial, and pleasure-centric activities, such as dancing, swimming, smoking a cigarette, loving each other, or just simply having fun together.

Through these motifs the artist is able to harness the raw feelings in each figure’s expression, while simultaneously remaining both ahistorical and hazily familiar. Hyangmok Baik suggests a feeling of depaysement on the canvas where this nostalgic pre-pandemic utopia world unfolds.

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