Artist : Michael Wesely
Title : The Abstraction of Korean Landscape
Where : The COLUMNS art center for the visual and performing arts
When : September 1 - September 30, 2006
Meet the Artist : Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 6pm-8pm
Tel: (822) 3442-6301
135-100 63-14 Chungdamdong, Gangnamgu, Seoul, Korea
Website: www.columns.co.kr

The Columns Gallery presents an invitational exhibition of works by German photographer, Michael Wesely, beginning on September 1st, 2006. Michael Wesely is an established artist recognized for his unique vision and innovative technique.
He is known for his solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 2004 in conjunction with the re-opening of the museum, which presented his works documenting the museum's 3-year renovation.
Moreover, Wesely's works already have been introduced in Korea at the Seoul Photo Triennial organized by the Seoul Museum of Art. His works are an assembly of images and colors put together in a horizontal composition, produced by a camera he invented.
This camera has a narrow horizontal lens and exposes scenery for an extended period of time.
Wesely's use of colors is sometimes violent and at other times peaceful, but more importantly, the blurred abstraction suggests only "a scenery" breaking away from its original appearance and meaning.
Born in Munich and now working in Berlin, the artist has traveled and photographed sceneries all around the world. Wesely has shown particular interest in East Germany, where the dream of an ideal democratic republic was shattered and has been left with scars and conflicts. After documenting such perilous conditions from a rather aloof perspective, the artist has now turned his attention to Korea, the world's only divided country. Wesely's vision of North Korea taken from Freedom Avenue and the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) shows peaceful sceneries of green fields and blue skies, perhaps to suggest harmony and happiness.
Moreover, his photograph of Changdeok Palace's Injeongjeon displays a more diffused image, which forces the viewer to feel rather than see the palace's past majesty and mystique and speaks of a once imposing and glorious dynasty. Wesley observes how time and light affects images. His works enable the viewer an essential spiritual understanding of a subject rather than simply looking at it as a physical object through his method of merging long periods of time and space. If "photography" means "writing with light" in an etymological sense, Michael Wesely's work is "a letter written with light" about photography, sense and subject.

The columns Director
DongJo chang