- Last Updated on Saturday, 31 December 2011 16:27
Grotesque Genome, the latest group show of works by Korean artists at London's Mokspace gallery, features Bongsu Park, Jin Kim, Ilsu Hwang, Min Yoo and Ilsun Maeng.
Gallery curator Keongmi Baek, herself an artist, introduces the show as an invitation to share the imagination of the five artists and to explore the genome hidden in each of the works in a variety of ways and perspectives. "The works mutate constantly in a hybrid and infinite world in order to complete themselves," states the gallery's invitation.
Now that's some challenge for the viewer. For the genome, as scientists tell us, is the entirety of an organism's hereditary information encoded either in DNA or, as in many types of virus, in RNA, or ribonucleic acid, one of the three major macromolecules along with DNA and proteins that are essential to all known forms of life. The genome includes both the genes and the non-coding sequences of the DNA/RNA.
All forbiddingly biological, you'd think. Put simply, as analogies go, the genome is also comparable to a book, a huge one at that, that contains not only the text and images but also instructions on how to use the book and its contents.
So, at first sight, the introductory text plus all of the above, is quite a handful for the viewer. But the show is a pleasure to interact with, it's inspiring and full of secret, captivating challenges for the viewer. It's a beautiful show, not to be missed. SR
Grotesque Genome. 11-17 November 2011. Mokspace: 33, Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH.
Artists in this exhibition
- Jin Kim
- Ilsu Hwang
- Ilsun Maeng
- Bongsu Park: A quest for the source of it all
- Min Yoo