Ecotopia and Commodification:
Intae Kim and Jin Taek Yoo
March 16 ~ April
TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUTE proudly presents
Ecotopia and Commodification: Intae Kim and Jintaek Yoo from March 16th
to April 13th, 2006 with an opening reception on Friday March 17th from
The two artists Intae Kim and Jintaek Yoo featured in this show
expose the vulnerability of humankind to both corporate sales strategies
and bioengineering. Consequently we see Intae Kim representing mutant
nature by depicting the severe cosmic disturbance that technological engineering
has wrought in its wake by rendering art containing oversize, or mutated
forms. Yoo’s work also relates to this theme as he seeks to unmask
the corporate marketing strategies that target young children in their
eagerness to sell them on fast food. In producing works that speak to
the human psyche these two socially committed artists hope to alter current
practices in genetic engineering and commodified mass culture promoting
the preservation of nature. Like Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Kim and Yoo believe
in the positive aspects of humankind calling for a return to and respect
for nature. But rather than calling for the removal of artifice in order
to regain nature as did Rousseau, Kim and Yoo reproduce artifice in the
hopes of making us aware of its existence.
Apropos to their social commitment both Kim and Yoo are involved with
the Ilsan art community that has become the hub for natural preservation.
Kim’s studio is situated in Ilsan, a rapidly developing artist colony
near the DMZ, the topos of the dispute between North and South Korea.
Its 155 mile area spans the north part of the South Korean Peninsula preserving
the ecosystem including many rare plants and animals among the detritus
of war because of limited human access since the end of the Korean War.
Although Yoo lives in New Jersey, when in Korea he also works near Ilsan
and like Kim is totally dedicated to preserving the natural environment
and promoting social awareness.
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