"My artistic practices are directed towards investigating the potential of New Media Art as a “metaphor” for the establishment of a belief system to overcome the basic fears of humans."
Tell us about yourself and background.
I am an New York City based award-winning artist and director of studio god’s gift. I live and carry out my artistic practices in New York City; Las Vegas; Seoul. I achieved my Master’s degree in New Media Arts (ITP) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with full years grants, and received National Scholarships from South Korea's Government. As a Data Artist/Net-Artist and Kinetic Media Artist, I cultivate technology as a solace for human spirituality in a form of new media arts.
Tell us about your work.
Using mechanical components and flowers permanently preserved by myself, I [studio god’s gift] transplant ‘breathing,’ the most basic phenomenon of life, into physical object in an aesthetics of ‘motion amidst rest.’ My works are articulating ‘breathing’ as a metaphor for the perpetuity of existence consoling the transitory nature of life.
What makes your work and approach unique?
My artistic practices are directed towards investigating the potential of New Media Art as a “metaphor” for the establishment of a belief system to overcome the basic fears of humans. Unlike the concern shown in the novel “1984” by George Orwell, I intend to demonstrate that technology is not focused in the confrontational relationship with humans for destroying humanity. I inquire into the possibility of technology as an new spiritual tool for the consolation of humans, relieving them of their universal fears.
Why is your work a good investment?
"my gift is my breath. take this breath. to you, my god's gift.” To your beloving ones, present “A Thousand Breaths,” a breathing object with your unique respiration pattern data as a metaphor of perpetuity of your existence against the transitory nature of life. Present “A Thousand Breaths” at STUDIOGODSGIFT.COM
Tell us about some of your achievements.
In 2018, I won the grand-prix artist from IYAA, and I am selected as a participating artist in the 2018 SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair in the United States.
Recent displays of my work include exhibitions at the Museum of Moving Image New York; Interactive Corp(IAC) at Chelsea in New York City; Doosan Gallery at Chelsea in New York City; Schwules Museum Berlin; 150th Memorial Day of the Civil War of United States New York; Gwanghwamun plaza/square, Seoul Metropolitan Government, among others.
What are your sources of inspiration?
My work, “A Thousand Breaths,” is initiated from a poem written by myself.
at the end of everything, beginning of everything becomes distinct.
it was my breath. While I was waiting for the arrival of my end, this thought occurred to me; I want to hand my breath to my you.
the world being with you was a field all in flowers.
Wandering in our field, I have prepared to inbreathe eternal full of life into the scenery of us.
It was the only thing I would, should, could do before someday, the end of everything,
arrives from somewhere, at sometime, or sadly by some other people, not by ourselves.
even though I have already been aware that this world is not correct, my reason to live, to survive always, it was you.
to my you, I want to present this. the thing that i will keep until the end of my everything.
my gift is my breath. take this breath. you, my god’s gift.
Tell us the back-story of some of your projects.
"Are We Being F****ng Serious?" - Net Art / Data Visualization on 183,947 Global Terrorism Data Since 1980 “183,947” is the number of terrorist attacks on earth since 1980, the year that John Lennon was murdered. I invite all the dreamers, like me and you, and Mr. & Mrs. Lennon, to this website at AREWEBEINGF****NGSERIOUS.NET
I have exhibited film rolls that I took from the 183,947 locations of terrorism attacks, since 1980. As a data artist who wants to ‘imagine’ with other dreamers like Mr. & Mrs. Lennon and you, I intend to maintain this website forever with annual database updates on yearly occurred terrorism attacks.
What you are passionate about?
The Letters To A Young Poet from Rainer Maria Rilke arrived to me some time ago. “confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. must I write?
And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple "I must", then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.”
Yes. I must write. I must try to say what I see and feel: Perpetuity against Transitoriness, Imagine against Violence, and The Sun Also Rises against Regret.
Share with us your upcoming projects.
I will present my “A Thousand Breaths” kinetic sculpture series at SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair, one of the biggest contemporary art fair in the world this coming December 2018. Also, I am participating in another International Contemporary Art Fair, called Artrooms, with A Thousand Breaths Series, this October 2018.
Tell us about where you are based.
I reside and create in New York City, Las Vegas, and Seoul. I also exist in cyber space wandering for my Data-Art / Net-Art creations.