SQUID came out of its EGG!

Bang Soyun: Hello, World!

2021. 10. 13 - 10. 31

Artist(s): Bang Soyun

Curated by sangheeut

We somehow began to embrace and refer to one who paints a picture as an artist instead of a painter within the contemporary art scene where the word painter is disappearing at all. This seems to reflect on the current art scene saturated by new media and concepts, threatening the position of paintings. The existence of painting had been threatened by the invention of photography in the modern art world and this crisis paradoxically provided the beginning of Impressionist paintings. Likewise, contemporary “painters” seem not to be afraid of the painterly experimentation in order to overcome existing limitations they as painters encounter. The painting is not completed solely by an artist: it is completed by the experience of audiences which is combined with the changing elements including time, light and movement of those who see it. Today’s painter, Bang Soyun (b. 1992) expands the boundary of painting, leading the audience to the indescribable experience that vibrates their eyes and mind. 

Bang observes the world in order to see red as red. Bang, who makes an effort to see better as to paint better, carefully examines colors and features in everyday scenes and collects images. Pondering upon existing colours and lumps and absorbing its features with her eyes and brain, Bang should be introduced as the painter of today who can satisfy our curiosity aroused by the absence of the word painter. The world proposed by Bang is full of features, colors and lumps. In transferring a specific subject or image—input—to a work of art—output—, Bang, like a computer putting and outputting one piece of information, builds up her own world. It is no that she is like a machine. She translates inputs she accepts into her world into her own language, converting them to lumps. Hence, Bang’s work provokes some sort of gratification we gain when understanding a thing with intuition in a country speaking the different language.


The title of her first solo exhibition at sangheeut Bang Soyun: Hello, World! was derived from the exemplary script to be outputted when learning to program for the first time. Since Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie introduced the program to output “hello, world” in their book The C Programming Language, this line became the widely used example for any programming language. For programmers, “Hello, World!” marks as a beginning of learning and communication with the computer. While, as for the artist, “Hello, World!” means the act of reaching out her hands to communicate with the audience, as for the audience, it serves as an invitation to Bang Soyun’s World.


The visual illusion Bang’s work provides does not stem from certain combination of colors or her choice of material. Rather, unexpected compositions on her paintings—such as somewhat adorable face on the colorful check pattern or tears painted on an unrecognizable green lump —do haunt audiences. Works on display at Bang Soyun: Hello, World! are the results of Bang’s consistent observation of images and features that move her mind and also make her hands draw/paint or move her mouse. She first draws what her eyes capture on paper and makes it more concrete on Illustrator program. Later, she translates it onto the paper or canvas as paintings, utilizing air spray. In this light, her recent works from Dots series are not figurative paintings depicting the mushroom to highlight its symbol or meaning. Instead, the series is the abstract product of experimenting and reinterpreting colors and lumps within Bang’s world. In the process of working across pencil, mouse and brush alike a training, Bang gets to communicate with the character in the work, familiarizing herself with it. Several layers on paper vibrate our mind and, furthermore—or literally—, our eyes. With your eyes wide open, welcome to Bang Soyun’s World! 


About the Artist

Born in 1992, Bang Soyun lives and works based in Seoul. She earned her B.F.A in Painting from Hongik University, and is currently studying at Seoul National University of Science and Technology. Bang has participated in several group exhibitions including Human touch (2020), I rather be bad (2021). Bang, who has worked in a nonlinear way across analog and digital, has undergone various attempts and changes since 2015. She repeats, transforms, and constructs figures utilising Illustrator program. Navigating her own route, she adopts methods of setting specific objects and distorting images, Bang is constantly developing her personal iconography across media.