Spider Z (장거미)



I found the fact that I could look upon the visible world as an object wrapped with lines through spider's web. What I mainly handle as the subjects of image are a toothpaste tube, a cola bottle, a milk box, a building etc. These are what we can get easily and frequently at surrounding where we live in. I can see this as the thing itself that it represents its appearance in the first meaning, aside from the first meaning, also as a huge illusion of endless desire that we express by imaginative power.

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Artist's Profile

born in 1946 in Seoul, Korea

1987-1991 Majored in Printmaking at the Institute of Fine Arts and Design Education, Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions
2015 The Vergil America 10th Anniversary Commemorative Invitational Exhibition, Wee Gallery, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
2015 The Vergil America 10th Anniversary Commemorative Invitational Exhibition, Park Avenue Gallery, L.A., U.S.A.
2014 A Brief Introduction to Computography in Printmaking, Gana Art Space, Seoul, Korea
2012 Art Edition 2012, Coex B Hall, Seoul, Korea
2012 The 9th Ansan International Art Fair(AIAF), Ansan Arts Center, Ansan, Korea
2011 The 8th Ansan International Art Fair(AIAF), Ansan Arts Center, Ansan, Korea
2010 2010 Contemporary Artists Invited Exhibition, Yi Hyung Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2010 Standing on Ambiguous Boundary between Print and Photography, Gallery Hwan, Seoul, Korea
2010 The 7th Ansan International Art Fair(AIAF), Ansan Arts Center, Ansan, Korea
2009 2009 Contemporary Korean Painting Artists Invited Exhibition, Modern Jun Gallery, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.

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Spider Z's Cosmic order

Criticism about artworks

An artist, Spider Z(b.1946-) tries to establish an artistic order with pure formative elements such as points, lines and planes and to pour his works into movement and sounds like the flow of spirit. As if making a sound by amplifying a signal of low frequency heard in midst of a giant cosmic revolution into an audio frequency. The visual stimulation of his work is as complicated as a mechanic blueprint but comes to us rather simply. I think it is possible for the work to be like that because the color scheme and the orientation of his work touch our sentiments deeply and agree with oriental, specially, East Asian spirituality. The colors he uses mainly consist of five colors (yellow, white, red, black and blue), oriented to the center and base its foundation on the mind. Therefore, it is agreeable with our philosophy that unites the mind.

The lure and the phenomenon of the optical illusion of time are intellectual and have scientific distinction. Although his work is similar to optical art that arouses pure visual sensation, the depth of its psychological and profound phenomenon feels metaphysical. It is the same as what the artist has mentioned; putting East Asian contents into the frame of Western thinking, The pure sense of rhythm of color and time flow restores the dynamism of Orphism and Futurism by Robert Delaunay(l885-1941) to minstrelsy, develops it into geometric abstract, which is neo formative, to possess lyricism. It seems that this is an important clue to understanding the emotional aspect of the artist Soon-Mann Zhang and explains his Journey to seek the essence of the dilemma named time and space by infinitely dividing, expanding, cutting and arranging an object. Kant's remark "the bounds up to which mankind can't pass beyond his conceptual reasoning that he can imagine by intuition and notion, which are the basis of his (human being's) expenence" can find its necessity.

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