Dorothy M. Yoon
Eye of Borges
Mi Yeon Yoon was selected through an agreement contract between ARKO (Art Council Korea) and Fundación´ace that builds artistic bridges linking both institutions. For her residency, Dorothy (Mi Yeon) Yoon developed her new project The Eye of Borges, inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ blindness.
Everyone knows that the famous Argentinian writer was a “modest blind, because it is total blindness in one eye, but only partial in the other”, as he defined himself. A smaller number of people, though, also know that by the time he went blind, he had mastered the world of literature and philosophy, which are relevant to his fiction. But almost no one knows that he could not see black and red colors. “Others have the world, for better or worse / I have this half-dark, and the toil of verse”, as he declares in the poem “On His Blindness”.
Inspired by these facts, artist Mi Yeon Yoon created an “eye” printed with black ink on fabric that included a magical world that, probably, the writer would like to see. These big pieces built a dialogue with other, smaller “eyes” printed with red ink on paper. The magic eye that she created for Borges was related to her more recent project, This Moment is Magic, which she exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale, and deals with a line that bridges between her life and magic. In both projects, the work of sublimating life experience/illness in fantasy involves a sense of agony, illusion, erotism and wit—a process of associations, one after another. When a boundary emerges between reality and fantasy, the artist interprets it in her visual language.
Parallelly, the artist made a new set of her wands referring to both the Chinese Zodiac and the Western horoscope printing them with photolithographic plates.
Dorothy M. Yoon
1976 | Busan, South Korea.
Lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.
2007 | MFA, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
2001 | MFA (Sculpture). Ewha Woman’s University. Seoul, South Korea.
1999 | BFA (Sculpture). Ewha Woman’s University. Seoul, South Korea.
2015 | Trunk Gallery. Seoul, South Korea.
2011 | 16 Bungee, Hyundai Window Gallery. Seoul, South Korea.
2009 | SaLon Gallery. London, UK.
Andrew James Art Gallery. Shangai, China.
2008 | Andrew James Art Gallery. Shangai, China.
Gallery S. Seoul, South Korea.
2019 | Bilbaoarte. Bilbao, Spain.
2017 | Swatch Art Peace Hotel 2017. Shanghai, China.
2016 | Art Museum of Seoul, SeMA Nanji Residency. Seoul, South Korea.
2013 | Cultural Foundation Gyeonggi, Creation Center Gyeonggi, Gyeonggi Do, South Korea and Art Hub, Abu Dhabi, EAU.
2012 | National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Goyang Art Studio, South Korea; CEAAC (Centre Européen d’Actions Artistiques Contemporaines), Strasburg, France.
Exhibited at the Swatch Space at the Arsenale in the Bienal of Venecia 2019.
Eye of Borges
Dorothy M. Yoon
The Eye of Borges is the title of the work that Mi Yeon Yoon exhibited at the Políglota Room as a result of her residency at Fundación´ace.
Inspired by Borges and his blindness, the artist created an “eye” printed with black ink on fabric that included a magical world that, probably, the writer would have liked to see. This large piece constructed a dialogue with other, smaller eyes printed with red ink on paper. The magic eye that she created for Borges was related to her more recent project, This Moment is Magic, which she exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale and deals with a line that bridges between her life and magic. Both projects sublimate life experiences and illness in fantasy through a sense of agony, illusion, erotism and wit. Paralelly, Mi Yeon Yoon made a new set of her magical wands that refer to both the Chinese Zodiac and the Western horoscope printing them with photolithographic
Artists in Dialogue
The formal opening of artists in residence DOROTHY YOON (South Korea) and PHILIPPE BLANCHARD (Canada) took place on the last ´aceNITE of 2019. As a closing event for the year 2019, we received an important audience composed mostly by artists, curators, writers and public.
At our house´s entrance hall, there was a work by Blanchard that consisted of a stop-motion film made from a large series of screen-printings during his residency at ´ace. In the Poliglota room, Yoon´s installation and video projection titled “The eye of Borges” took us into the writer imagination and Yoon’s fantasy. Finally, Mariana Rodriguez Iglesias, as a guest curator, selected the work of an Argentine artist called Cecilia Soldano that was exhibited in the Transversal Space.
The three artists who presented their works in the last event of 2019 have something in common: fantasy. Dorothy Mi Yeon Yoon sublimates elements of her life and experiences lived through magic and mysticism; Philippe Blanchard plays with the appearance of geometric shapes in time and space as if a spell gave brought them to life; Cecilia Soldano manipulates, and at the same time represents, elements of the earth in a manner close to alchemy. The three exhibitions together made an interesting reflection about how to create fantasy in a conscious manner.