"Throughout the 5,000 years of history, we Koreans placed much emphases on living in harmony with nature, and paying respect to the parents and elders (...) It was customary for the previous generation to hand over those ancestoral objects to the next generation, as a ritual. The objects still have a unique history and invaluable story to tell." - Chong Gon Byun
Byun and Kiya are a couple that come from Korea but have been living and working in the US for the past 20 years. The couple mutually influences each other's fascinating art process.
This studio visit Salon will give you a rare opportunity to visit their shared studio space and then their home, so you will be drawn in their intricately overwhelming world.
About the artist
"I always stay in the creative moment and connect my personal points of view to the atmosphere around me. Basically, I express myself using multimedia, such as collage, painting, installation, and photography, and even conceptual writing. I think that there is no limit to the representation of art, whether visible or invisible.
The process of beginning to work is according to my improvised inspiration from each media, such as magazine images, people, fashion, colors, etc. Then I form an unconscious map in my senses, and I immediately trust my intuition and insights. This process is also a way of constantly trying to find my inner self. For the most part, I use images of people, which I combine with ready-made objects I have found. These can reflect the relationship between mass media, other people, nature, and my identity."
Chong Gon Byun
" My main work consists of painting, and assesblage of discarded objects, cast away from our indutrial consumer society; as i formulate it into a sculpture or a panel, to rearrange and reconnect these found objects, to ␣give it a new meaning and rejevenate its life. Therefore, the clash between post-industrial civilization, and the present capitalist culture, becomes my main theme and casue for concern; as I also ponder about the role of religion and how it effects our everyday existence, to find the ultimate meaning of life."