Total Museum of Contemporary Art
There is one thing/color spreading over a certain frame. Another one is laid on top of it. Stacked up one after another, the pile becomes a dense composite layer. Sooyeon Hong’s work starts as she piles up countless paint films on a “bare empty canvas.” The pigment is not filtered or mediated. Due to the constant procedure of adding, the canvas, coincidently or inevitably, turns into opaque. Hong’s frame is, however, still lucid as if no matter how many times you pour the water, it is still clear. None the less, there are traces of time, labor and paint in that clarity. Then what makes one to say that the canvas is transparent when it has no choice but to be opaque? And what does it means to say a canvas is transparent or opaque?