ARTIST | Woo Ram Jung

(English version of the article is also available below)

我总在想什么是能让我一生都感兴趣的,并能带给我快乐的东西。这样说好像有些自我和高傲,但这毕竟是我的人生。以前我并没有对什么疯狂过,甚至没有竭尽全力的争取过什么。我一直在寻找那个让我热衷的东西。

在我寻找的过程中,我尝试过很多的东西,比如建筑设计。然而多年的建筑设计让我发现那并不是能让我倾尽全力付出的。于是我开始了摄影,以一个纪实摄影的热衷者身份开始,开启了我对街头摄影的渴望。

让我着迷的是那些平凡生活里的非凡时刻。我经常在路上边走边拍并持续一整天,然后冲洗胶片,扫描负片。这是个艰辛的过程,但没办法,这就是我所寻找的让我热衷的东西。

在这个过程中,我开始思考“我为什么要拍摄这些时刻?” 而这个问题延伸出去,其实就是“艺术究竟是什么?我们为什么要创作?”

答案之一是艺术是某种交流。一个艺术家用自己的语言讲述一个故事或一个想法,从某种意义上说这个故事是完全关于艺术家本人的。你我作为观众所能做的就是去倾听,去看,去感受他们的故事。此外,艺术是没有对和错的,所以你在艺术中所尝试和感受的都不会是错的,那是你真实的感受。而艺术家总是被“why”的问题围绕,他们有责任去为他人或自己寻找问题的答案。

我也在创作里寻找着答案,并不断的问自己“这是不是我可以倾尽所有的东西?”

“艺术不是为了感兴趣。艺术需要引出哲学问题,即使我们不知道这问题是不是哲学的。在作品和观众互相映射的过程中,这些问题来了又去。一定有什么在此过程中发生。它们也许是诗意的,也许是更加复杂的。” ——安尼施 卡普尔

卡普尔是对的吗?你认同吗?它可能不适用于所有的艺术家,但在我看来,它是值得思考的。

“艺术究竟是什么?”这也许是我永远无法回答的问题,同时也是我最关键的动力。

2015年9月
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I have always been thinking what makes me happy and interesting about my life. It’s high and mighty to say, but this is my life. I don’t try my best to get what I want. That’s why I’m looking for something constantly, which could make me feel passionated for it.

Along with my journey to find “something”, I have tried lots of things, especially architectural design. However, it turned out this is not the “something” I was looking for. Then, I started photography, it came to me as an addiction that I never experienced before and I couldn’t take the control of it. As a big fan of photo journalism, I had begun my photo shoots, and the desire leaded me to do the street photography later on.

An extraordinary moment of mundane life was absolutely the thing I dived into. I walked around and shot for a whole day, processed and scanned the negatives. It was a tough and tiring process, but I couldn’t help it, I knew this was what I love to do.

It was the moment I began to think about the question: “Why do I shoot this?” This question evolved into other questions such as “what is art? Why did you make this art?”

One answer I have now is that art is a form of communications. An artist tells a story and an idea in his or her own language. Not only it is all about the artist, but also the art works are the reflection of the artist. All we have to do as viewers is trying to listen, to see and to feel what they are saying.

Furthermore, art is not about right or wrong, so no matter what you could experience from the art, it is not wrong. Nevertheless, an artist is not free from the questions that start with "why" again.

I do work to find the answer for those questions, and ask myself “Am I dying for this?”

“Art is not to be interested. Art has to provoke philosophical questions, even if we don’t know the question is philosophical. In that process of reflection between the works and viewers, this is coming and going. Something happens. Maybe it’s poetic. Maybe it’s more complicated.” – Anish Kapoor

Is Kapoor’s opinion right? Agreeable? It is not going to make sense......for all the artists. However, in my opinion, it’s worth to think about his idea. “What is art?” is, maybe, the question that I cannot answer forever, but it is a critical motivation for me at the same time.

SEP, 2015
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