The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea presents Young Korean Artists 2019: Liquid Glass Sea, the 19th edition of the museum’s exhibition program Young Korean Artists. First held under the title The Korean Young Artists Biennale in 1981, Young Korean Artists sheds light on experimental and innovative works by promising young artists in Korea, and offers a prospect of the trends and potential in Korean contemporary art. Young Korean Artists 2019: Liquid Glass Sea features works by 9 up-and-coming artists: Keem Jiyoung, Song Min Jung, AHN Sungseok, Yoon Doohyun, Lee Eunsae, Chang Seo Young, Chung Heemin, Choi Haneyl and Hwang Sueyon. The artists were selected based on the research by and recommendations from the curators at the museum, considered over several meetings and selections.
‘Liquid Glass Sea’ from the subtitle of the exhibition are common keywords found in the works by the 9 artists who explore their particular subject and medium in their own distinct personality. As reflected in the gaps between the words, ‘Liquid Glass Sea’ symbolizes the free and flexible attitude of promising young artists in Korea, whose works cannot be summarized in a complete sentence nor be defined through specific concepts. The words also signify the characteristics of the artists, who reflect the landscape inside and outside reality in an even more clear and transparent way like the hard but delicate liquid crystal glass, as well as the artists’ potential to continue to flow in the future like the expansive, endlessly rolling sea.
The 9 artists introduced in the exhibition extract certain properties and sentimentality discovered in media such as images, games, vlogs, smartphone apps and YouTube, sometimes confronting timely social issues head-on, while at other times letting themselves float around in the flow of the Internet space. Moreover, they develop their exploration into matter and form, body and time, and inside and outside of the screen, in their own innovative language. The works in this exhibition testify to the determined outlook and attitude of the artists, who will always continue to advance and never surrender no matter how much challenge comes their way. Young Korean Artists 2019: Liquid Glass Sea hopefully functions as a catalyst that will allow us, passing ‘here and now’ with the 9 artists, to sense the currents of the time.