Taejoong Kim: HEISS!

OCT 22 - Nov 24, 2020

curated by Annette Hur

Backyard Ghost is pleased to present Taejoong Kim's first online solo exhibition 'Heiss!'.

I think the tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time.

-Joseph Beuys

'Heiss!' is a series work of 12 photographs and a two-channel video installation in which Kim develops experiential images as a counteraction to Gerhard Stäbler’s organ music 'Heiss!'. Taking an anatomical interpretation of musical elements, a darkroom becomes Kim's instrument to generate a visual episode that allows everyday darkroom printing tasks to become 'performing' or 'playing'. The use of 12 light points in the photographs act a part in the final performance-the video installation-  as if 12 notes in an octave in a score. Almost unthinkingly restless dodging and burning in the darkroom resembles passionately unreasoning pedaling on the organ, and the final composite photograph for the installation comes close to the actual music score. 

Kim's unconcluded video installation leaves us with no more than a transparent display of his process in the darkroom, intuitive decision making, and visual response to the music. This no-mystery, however, is the artist's true intention to reveal the notion of time that is encapsulated in the finished piece-a photograph- just as a music score holds time even without performing before the audience. 

Heiss!, 2020, 2-Channel Projection onto Print and Sound, Dimension Variable, 5:17

Heiss! #1, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #2, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #3, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #4, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #5, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #6, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #7, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #8, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #9, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #10, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #11, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

Heiss! #12, 2020, Gelatin Silver Print, 8x10 inches

The table below shows the relationship between organ and darkroom.

* All images courtesy of the artist

Artist Bio

Taejoong Kim has experimented the crashes between clear rules and vague circumstances for exploring the new possibility of photography with video installations. He presented solo exhibitions at Earport(Duisburg), Space776(New York), Goethe-Institut(Seoul) and Laznia-CCA(Gdansk). He is the recipient of grants and awards from Foam Fotografiemuseum(Amsterdam), The Jewish Museum(New York), Darb1718(Cairo) and The Museum of Photography, Seoul(Seoul), among others. 
Taejoong Kim received an M.F.A. from Columbia University and a B.F.A. in photography from Chung-Ang University. He lives and works in New York and Seoul.