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Dong-Kyoon Nam

May 17, 2017

Dong-Kyoon Nam’s work is based on sculptural installation (temporary assemblages with found materials) and photographic documentation at the level of ontological practice. His work complicates the notions of phenomenology, psychoanalysis and other postmodern critiques in relation to our absolute dependence on current advanced technology. He received his BFA from the University of Windsor in 2010 and his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Victoria in 2012. He has taught at the University of Victoria and the University of Manitoba. His work has been exhibited at the Sculpture Society of Canada, Centre A, Ace Art Inc., Truck Contemporary, Open Space, Centre des arts actuels Skol, and Circa Art Actuel. His solo exhibition Recycled Sensations is currently on display at Modern Fuel in Kingston until June 3. He has also recently been invited to the 35th International Symposium of Contemporary Art: Pasts in the Present by the Musée d'art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul in Quebec.

1. Time

I try to avoid “time” in the mechanical sense – the time you access through your watch, smart phone, alarm clock, TV, internet, etc. When I check my smartphone, for example, I cover the time display with my hand. I know it sounds a bit dumb or primitive, but it works very well. I know what time it is. It's everywhere, indeed.

2. Walking-time

Walking is one of the best ways of dealing with real time. Not too fast, not too slow. I just love walking. But not driving, because when driving, I don't move much. It's merely a brain activity. Driving is almost an experience of abstract time, and often drowsy and dangerous. What I mean by time here is also close to Nietzschean time – right at this mo[ve]ment.

3. Eating-time

Since 2015, all of sudden and by accident, I stopped eating lunch. One less meal per day, my life became so light-weighted and much more productive! Believe or not. There is a book called One Meal a Day by Yoshinori Nagumo that I haven't yet read but still find shocking and inspiring. Just a bond of sympathy. Beyond that, I find a fresh joy in having something “less” (not just for food). My partner Yukari introduced me to a book called The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up that gives insight into having something less. She talks about it all the time and our stuff has slowly been reduced (or disappeared) since she's been obsessed by it.

4. Sleeping-time

I go to sleep around nine pm then wake up at four or five am, following the orbitary movement of the sun and moon since 2009. It may sound childish or maybe too advanced, but there's a natural science regarding our “right” pattern (or rhythm) of sleep based on the solar term. At least, I know I can't just sleep at any time I want. There is no free will for this.

5. Massaging-time

Like I said, I wake up around four. My fourteen year old cat is always waiting ahead of me. She's waiting for my full massage treatment on her (around fifteen minutes). I do it every day for her since last summer for no reason. She's very lucky. She may live longer.

All of the above categories above are still part of my art practice in an ontological sense. Banal but significant.



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