LIGHTS AND SHADOWS
01. Plant




Withered Tulip and one light
100x140cm
Watercolor
2022



Withered Tulip and two lights
100x140cm
Watercolor
2022

















A branch of Christmas tree(Korean-Fir) and one light

70x100cm
Watercolor
2022




A branch of Christmas tree(Korean-Fir) and two lights
70x100cm

Watercolor
2022




















Three flowers and one light
56x76cm

Watercolor
2022





One light and three lights
56x76cm

Watercolor
2022



















Common gypsophila/
one, two and three lights

56x76/56x76/56x76cm

Watercolor
2021




















Branches/one, two and three lights
56x76/56x76/56x76cm

Watercolor
2021






















A plant and five lights
56x76cm

Watercolor
2021





A plant and eight lights
56x76cm
Watercolor
2021



















A Sunflower and four light
56x76cm

Watercolor
2021





A withered Gerbera and five lightss
56x76cm
Watercolor
2022

















A rose and four lights
76x56cm
Watercolor
2022

















A bunch of flowers and one light 01

76x56cm
Watercolor
2022



A bunch of flowers and one light 02

76x56cm
Watercolor
2022



















Flowers and two lights
100x140cm

Watercolor
2022




Plants and one light
80x100cm

Watercolor
2021



















Flowers and one light 01
56x76cm

Watercolor
2022




A bunch of flowers and one light 05
56x76cm

Watercolor
2022



















A bunch of flowers and one light 04
70x100cm

Watercolor
2022



A red berry spray and three lights

56x76cm
Watercolor
2022



















Common gypsophila and three lights

70x40cm
Watercolor
2022



















Flowers and four lights
114x70cm
Watercolor

2022

















A bunch of flowers and one light 06
140x140cm

Shadow on paper with watercolor
2022




















Common gypsophila and two lights
100x113cm

Watercolor
2022













LIGHT AND SHADOWS
02. Object



Clock hands /ver.1
100x140cm






Since shadows emerge from the interaction between light and things, they are evidence of something being material not just abstract. Chanbyul use a shadow as a tool through which to understand the relationships that humans form with different concepts and objects.

Light is an immaterial matter that reveals all other substances. Where there is light, everything with mass, from elephants to molecules, has a shadow. In a universe where light is natural, shadows are evidence of existence. In the past, there was the only one light source, the sun. It means that there was only one shadow. These days, however, human has invented artificial light sources, the light bulbs. Shadows arise according to the number of light sources. One light has one shadow, and two light sources have two shadows. Now we can see tons of artificial light sources and tons of shadows anytime, anywhere. This is the shape of the present era that is completely different from the past.

In addition, the shadow is proof that 'I' exists in the present moment as an observer. Recording a shadow is possible only when an object blocks the light and creates darkness. Chanbyul records this moment as both observer and recorder. Chanbyul hopes to deliver the idea that shadows can thus be tools through which to understand the relationships that humans form with different concepts and objects.

It means that facing the shadows represent facing the present. The shadow is a great tool for facing the world we live in Chanbyul paints with objects that can be seen in daily life and common shadows. This is to convey the idea that we can easily get new reflections on the world anytime, anywhere in our daily life.











Clock hands /ver.4

56x76cm



Clock hands /ver.3

56x76cm


















A chair and one light 1
70x100cm



A chair and one light 2
70x100cm



A chair and one light 3
70x100cm


















One line and eleven lights
100x140cm

















One line  and six lights
100x140cm




















One thread and nine lights

70x100cm




One thread and six lights (ver2)
70x100cm

















An extension cord and six lights2
100x140cm


















An extension cord and six lights1
100x140cm

















Sauce cup, Milk cup, Vinegar container, Pot, Cup and six lights
100x140cm


















Pepper shaker, Candle holder, Alarm clock, Milk cup, Soap dispenser
100x140cm



















An eyelash curler and six lights
75x65cm




A pair of glasses and six lights
76x56cm




















A pair of scissors and nine lights
76x56cm




A key and ten lights
76x56cm





















A key and eight lights
76x56cm




A coffee grinder and seven lights
76x56cm




















A wine opener and seven lights
76x56cm




AirPods and ten lights
76x56cm














AirPods and ten lights
76x56cm




A Fork and eleven lights
76x56cm




A Cup and twelve lights
76x56cm





















Stand lamps
112x76cm




Shadow clock flower Ver.1
76x56cm





















A clock hand and seventeen lights
50x40cm




A clock hand and twelve lights
50x40cm





















A candle holder and five lights
112x76cm




A stand lamp and five lights
112x76cm












SHADOW WITH TIME
01. Blooming and Withering Flower

The difference between a painting and a text is that the painting stands still in a place. Both the painting and the text are created within times, but the painting seems stationary. The viewers sometimes feel paintings come to life, but for most of the audiences, the paintings are just a stationary object. Dragging countless hours, a painting gets completed and becomes a stationary object. Would not this be a reason for a lot of contemporary people finding paintings complicated?

Ever since being in the field of Arts, the most frequently asked question from others in South Korea was, “what do you feel when you look at paintings?”. When we learn about paintings, we often hear that we have to understand the artist’s perspective and views towards the world. However, how can we understand something from paintings when they do not speak? this is really complicated. On the other hand, a novel is not a big deal to be read through boring prints on a two-dimensional plane. What would be the reason for paintings that they are relatively difficult compare to novels?

A writer expresses his or her perspectives and points of view in a novel through many ways. There are several factors that support the writer’s thoughts such as a character of a protagonist, relationships between characters, a narrator, background, events, narrative styles and etc. The audience can dive into the writer’s set-up and fully understand the story by enjoy reading all the factors. This is not a difficult thing to do, as only a tiny bit of effort and time of reading the listed characters are required.

So, a novel narrates with a descriptive voice about situations, emotions and events that change through a plot of a story, whereas a painting never let you know easily. This is also the reason for famous paintings earnig their fame – the narrative of them become even more intimate after repeatably shown in educational institutions and in news.

The painting that is just standing still without saying anything is deficient to stop and hold busy modern people for a while. Hence, I would like to give a narrative to the painting. Perhaps it is a matter of course that humans living in times feel a sense of closeness with things in time, like different impressions we have in between stationary objects and alive animals or growing and withering plants that might seem stationary.


Then how would it be to capture the artist’s time and alive time on a stationary plane? The series of paintings <Blooming and Withering Flower> depict the thoughts above.  








Blooming and Withering tulips 01
114x104cm
Watercolor
2022



Record

2022.05.01

2022.05.03

2022.05.07

2022.05.10

2022.05.13









<Blooming and Withering Flower>

What sets modern sources of light apart from their predecessors, such as the sun or a candle, is that they do not move nor change with time.

Despite the evident benefits of light bulbs, what I cannot find in them are signs of vitality. In mother nature, the vitality comes from the fact that they change over time. Each carries traces of time, which makes them seem alive. However, such a trait is not present in artificial sources of light. They do not seem to interact with time.

Similarly, shadows born at night are fixed, unlike those continuously changing their shapes and directions under daylight on the streets or the walls.

By recording shadows of blooming and withering flowers, I strive to capture the concept of time, which flows like a river on us and the universe, on a two-dimensional plane. Also, only artificial light sources were used to shed shadows on and record the flowers' changes over time. Contrast exists between the human-created way of life, represented by light bulbs, and how nature abides by time, shown by the flowers' movements. By bringing this contrast to a single scene, I seek to integrate and understand these two different natures of life existing in a single world.








Blooming and Withering tulips 02
114x85cm
Watercolor
2022



Record

2022.05.03

2022.05.07

2022.05.10

2022.05.13















Withering peony 01
100x140cm
Watercolor

2022




Record

2022.05.27

2022.05.28

2022.05.29

2022.05.30

2022.06.01

2022.06.03
















Withering tulips 02
70x100cm
Watercolor

2022















Blooming peony 01

56x76cm
Watercolor
2022
















Withering tulips 01
56x76cm

Watercolor
2022












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