Humans have long visualized abstract concepts such as religion and law using writing systems. We make amulets for the purpose of praying for the happiness of individuals and groups, or fortunetelling, and sometimes record human wishes with text, including the interpretation of the operation of the universe. Such a behavior has been handed down from ancient times to the present in similar patterns. It is a fundamental human desire to avoid fear about invisible beings and phenomena as well as ill luck and to pray for blessings. ‘A Sacred Tree’ deals with the wishes and beliefs of artists who have shown unique visual expressions. This part highlights the balance of life and an attitude to wish for it (Dohee Kwon), the wisdom from tradition and experience (Zhao Liu), the symbol of good luck based on personal experience (Studio Bergini), our destiny that embraces both much of our joy and sadness at the same time (Anthony Lam), the return to the most basic attitude (Atelier Tout va Bien), words to bear in mind (Ahn Mano), the balance between given destiny and desire (O.OO), a circulation of the world and a mind that calmly contemplates life while observing it (Hwayoung Lee), amulets for confirming one’s beliefs (Ikki Kobayashi), and criticism of society and culture (Tnop Wangsillapakun). These artists’ thoughts and emotions are installed like traditional five- colored ribbons hanging from a sacred tree just as in Korean villages for centuries. We hope viewers will find many of their wishes captured in the works made of characters and symbols of several cultures and enjoy them together.
Mano An is a graphic designer and currently the creative director at Ahn Graphics. He studied graphic design at Hongik University and the Basel School of Design (HGK FHNW) in Switzerland. He explores the experimental expressions of letters, videos, and images under the theme of the gap between still and moving images. He has participated in the Seoul International Typography Biennale, Weltformat Graphic Design Festival (poster festival), and the Poetry & Typography Festival. His work has been introduced to the Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC Tokyo), Red Dot Design Awards, Seoul International Experimental Film Festival, and the APD (Asia Pacific Design). He is currently giving lectures at the University of Seoul and the Paju Typography Institute.
- Seoul, South Korea
Hangeul Mesh composed of 40 Hangeul characters implies Chinese characters that would be nice if you have in mind, thereby forming a meaningful network wishing for blessings. The lettering using the joints and extensions of cursive fonts is transformed and stylized across the norms of Korean character expression, thereby functioning as a new type of auspicious character group. I sincerely hope that viewers will have happy days by picking up at least 40 blessings around them after seeing this work.
- 2200 × 1200 mm
- Pigment print
1. A Sacred Tree
- Ikki Kobayashi Against the Evil Spirits
- Dohee Kwon 333
- Zhao Liu 06
- Studio Bergini Tiramisu
- Anthony Lam Labyrinth of Fate
- Atelier Tout va Bien Tribute to Josef
- Mano An Hangeul Mesh
- O.OO Between Palms & Desires: Fates
- Hwayoung Lee From a Mouse Under a Tree to a Pig Under the Clouds
- Tnop Wangsillapakun The Dead Godfather Shrine
- Greatminor CTC (Circle To Circle)