Bae Bien-U is a self-taught photographer and one
of the most internationally recognised outside of South Korea. Always
interested in landscape, he began to take photographs in the 1970s.
From 1985 Bae Bien-U has concentrated on pine forests, resulting
in the series Pine Tree which is shown here together with
the series Wind of Tahiti. Profoundly inspired by the pine trees
to be found across all of South Korea, Bae opted to focus on the
trees on the hills around the old city of Gyeongju. Photographed
at different times of day, often in mist, and using very long exposures,
the images are imbued with great poetic density and create a mystic
effect and a feel of eternity
Wind of Tahiti was created during the artist’s
time on the island in 2002 and 2003. Fascinated by the landscape
and the coastline, volcanoes and lakes of an island that reminded
him of his native city, Bae Bien-U photographed the luscious
vegetation of the Botanical Garden, the coral atoll of Tetiaroa
and the idyllic landscapes of the Moorea Island. Looking at
these images, in which the artist presents the vegetation in
all its colour and splendour, we seem to feel the air moving
and the leaves and branches trembling in the wind.
Bae Bien-U does not aim to capture reality in his photographs,
but rather the essence or soul of the objects that he observes.
He thus invites us to contemplation, even meditation, so that
we feel transported in their presence. His work reveals connections
with the Oriental pictorial tradition while also evoking the
spirit of European Romanticism.
Rubio Curator of the Exhibition
May 30th to July 23th 2006
Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 7pm.
During the month of July this exhibition will be open until 11pm from
Tuesdays to Saturday