From tomorrow to September 13 2015, La Villette will welcome one free monumental exhibition … inflatable ! “L’air des Géants” (air giants). Spread over the park, ten works were designed by artists from around the world, whose Choi Jeong Hwa, from South Korea.
The “air” appears as a recurring media in the scene of contemporary art, and became a passage in the career of an artist, as a confrontation necessary to matter. Niki de Saint Phalle, Christo, Anish Kapoor and Paul McCarthy made it one of their favorite materials for sculptures with unusual shapes. And Choi Jeong Hwa ?
Born in 1961 in Seoul, Choi Jeong Hwa uses cheap materials that he collects and assembles to create tocs and kitsch sculptures, from traditional imagery and mythological Korean. Beyond a simple critique of consumer society, the artist shows a new and contemporary vision of the world, through everyday objects that he recycles and diverts from their initial function.
At the exhibition, Choi Jeong Hwa will show three inflatable works : “White Lotus“, “Fruit Tree” and “About Being Irritated“. Explanation : “White Lotus” and “Fruit Tree” : For “White Lotus“, most of his recent inflatable sculptures are are fit and floral monochrome, with simple bright colors, or black, white and gold. His lotus have attracted particular attention, following the inflatable work “Dragon Flower“, exhibiting a white flower in the garden of the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2005. It inflates and deflates continuously through a fan system, simulating respiration.
Choi Jeong Hwa explains about “Fruit Tree” : “I feel strange sensations when I see a real tree or a flower. Nature, as such, is so rare in Korea these days, I’m really scared when I meet her. I’m afraid of the “real” kind. Maybe all that I can understand is an idea of nature away from the destruction, so I created an artificial to watch and enjoy.“
“About Being Irritated” (mentioned above) : Robots series began in 1995. For the artist, the robot does not eat, but it can move, that’s what makes it so attractive and frightening. Except he does not move far. This humanoid is lying on his back and tries to get up by pushing with one hand. A position that symbolizes the political and social issues in Korea.
L’AIR DES GÉANTS
From August 27 to September 13, 2015
(Look out : some of works are to be deflated everyday,
all the works can be seen from Wednesday to Sunday from 2pm to 9pm)
‘Porte de Pantin’, access to the park
Metro : Line 5
Bus : Line 75 and 151
Tramway : Line T3b
Car park : ‘La Villette – Cité de la Musique’ – PMR
T : (+33) 01 40 03 75 75
Choi Jeong Hwa official website : here.