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Painting - Paiting
EMMANUEL FREMIN GALLERY
Through the course of the human experience no other stage represents purity and perfection other than the early period of childhood. This coat of untarnished paint that covers our younger years has remained unquestioned until now. Artist Do Byung-kyu�s new showing entitled �Childhood Memories� explores his youth�s obsessions with destruction and sex. Through his work Byung-kyu tries to express an unconscious human want for these desires by demonstrating with dolls. The innocence the infants project couples with the almost grotesque feel of the amniotic fluid that surrounds each figure. This thick fluid, which is there to protect, seems to cover the painting with a stickiness that leaves the viewer both disgusted and enticed.
Do�s work shows a level of detail that is extremely impressive for his medium of painting, with the doll figures conveying a surreal look. Do is expressing a certain childhood obsession with both violence and sex through his work; something he states is synonymous with a childhood experience he had of slaughtering a frog and burying it in a ceremonial fashion. It�s this idea that is embodied in his doll figures, which are linked together by other figurines to express a newfound chink in the perfect facade of youth. Do has been exhibited across Korea and the United States, and will be exhibited at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, in a Solo Exhibition named �Childhood Memories, from September 6th to November 3rd.
July 28th, 2012
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