Monsters, Multi-Dimensional Creatures, and Structure of Meaning
Monsters are created by a confusion of identity. The confusion of the boundary between this and that, the unrecognizable beings who live in a country of chaos and disorder. Those are the monsters.
A few of these monsters have appeared in my solo exhibition in 2006.
For me, at the time, a monster was the word referring to the whole of undefinable figures. Unknown and nameless figures, but obviously existing, and ever-growing forms. Not only were these mysterious figures the subject of curiosity but also the cause of obsession.
The unknown world and the existence of unknown beings are the sources of fear for humans. Humans always tend to instinctively reject things beyond the boundary of their perception, whether they are simple thoughts or beings. And these things can be seen as monsters.
I have lived with these monstrous figures for a long time. These monsters surrounded me like air and I was captivated by them, thrown into, and enjoyed the world without knowing it was the monsters’ world. They dominated me in both dream and reality. Among them, I naturally developed a desire for order. The desire for order, of course, is the desire to give an order to monsters, which are the symbols of disorder and chaos.
To put it simply, I was curious about the monsters’ identities. I wanted to know what caused the disorder and chaos that caused the monsters to exist, and what caused the monsters and the world to exist for. I had to.
So what was made is Budo theory. Budo theory is a way to give an order to the chaotic world of figures and recognize it. It is impossible to explore the world of monsters full of chaos and disorder without a clear and recognizable basis as possible. The world of chaos and disorder is a cause of fear, but also the world full of new information, and it cannot be gained without facing the world of chaos. It is new because it exists in the area I have never known, and therefore is on the line between chaos and order. The world of chaos and disorder coexist in a relative concept with the world of harmony and order. One disappears, the other disappears.
Obviously, expanding the boundary of perception is a result of imposing order in the world of chaos. However, as the boundary of perception expands, so does the world of chaos and disorder. Because a sense of order is also a state of temporary chaos. Once established, the boundary of perception is likely to collapse again, creating another chaotic state. The chaotic state is also for a boundary of a new dimension. New information is like setting boundaries for new perceptions, which are always created by rescheduling the confusion of existing boundaries.
By using Budo theory, I have learned how to lock monsters into the boundary of perception.
The World of Symbols
The world of symbols is a world of multi-dimensional creatures and of consciousness. Multi-dimensional creatures are those in which the invisible workings of humans appear in colors and shapes. When they are unrecognizable, they are monsters and chaos but if recognized, they become multi-dimensional creatures. Thus, the boundary between monsters and multi-dimensional creatures are the boundaries of perception.
The world of consciousness is a world of symbols. There is no way we can directly perceive objects without symbols. Therefore, it is no exaggeration to say that the symbols are the world we experience in the most direct state.
Structure of Meaning — Multi-Dimensional Creatures
Interpretation of paintings is free. Each person sees it as s/he feels like it. So do not ask me. I have been saying to people who ask what a painting means. But it is time to make some adjustments to that.
Freedom is good. But is it really so? Looking around, we can see that freedom always comes with a certain rule. There cannot be freedom of movement without the premise of the four cardinal directions. If I cannot see the direction, I would not be able to know whether I am going forward or walking in place, which makes the term ‘freedom of action’ meaningless.
More so is the mental freedom that is achieved in the invisible world. Because I cannot see it. Freedom in the invisible spiritual world can easily fall into spiritual anarchy. To claim unlimited freedom is as silly as to argue that no form, only the nature of color can appear. Color cannot appear without form, nor can it appear without color. They can be separated conceptually, but they actually work as one. So is the relationship between freedom and law.
The monstrous shapes in the chaotic world are dressed in colors and forms.
So what do these paintings mean? They convey the structure of meaning.
The information transmitted by colors, forms, and shapes that make up a painting is not a specific meaning, but a structure of meaning. The structure of this meaning acts as a vessel of one's own interpretation. Freedom of interpretation is within the limits of the structure of the vessel. That means that each freedom to derive a specific meaning is within the limits of the structure of the meaning. What the picture presents is the structure of meaning. It is up to the viewer to decide what to include in the structure of meaning. This is why many interpretations are possible in a single painting.
This visible structure of meaning is multi-dimensional creatures. It can be said that they are monsters in the framework of perception.
The monsters are now multi-dimensional creatures.
- Suejin Chung