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TITLE : Review in Huffington Post, 19/05/2016
DATE : 06/05/2016 14:49

Boomoon - Skogar & Sansu


Acclaimed South Korean photographer, Boomoon, was enchanted by a waterfall he discovered at Skogar in Iceland in 2015.

Early one morning when the light was low, he waded waste-high into the cold water directly in front of it, so that the horizon in the pictures he took would be located precisely at the lower third of the frame.


He shot some several hundred black and white exposures, a series of six of which, including Skogar 384 (above) form the centrepiece of his new solo exhibition at London셲 Flowers Gallery.

Each of the Skogar photos captures the huge energy unleashed in the torrent of water. You can almost hear the roar of nature. The ever-changing cascades and veils of spray also record the subtle changes in focus and detail as the waterfall becomes this artist셲 canvas.

He has shot his subject horizontally in order to contrast the whiteness of the falls to the darkness of the river. The pictures are closely cropped to exclude all periphery detail and sense of scale. Boomoom attributes the crystalline clarity of his images to the stark purity of the northerly light.

쏻ater itself is not my main interest, he told me through an interpreter. 쏧셫 interested in phenomena - time, space and weather. Together they create a special, never-repeatable moment that I wanted to capture.


Where the site is important in the black-and-white prints, it셲 not the case with Waterfall 2069 (above). Shot later in the day, and given a shade of blue, the explosive energy of the water itself creates an almost abstract pattern.

쏧 was interested in the prism effect created by the interaction between the water and the sunlight, and the detail of the waterfall reminds me of the universe, the stars, the cosmos.

It셲 no surprise that Boomoon, now in his 60s, began his artistic studies as a painter before settling on photography.

Throughout the 1970s, he documented through his photographs the rapid changes that took place in Korean society, in particular the ever-widening contrast between urban and rural communities.

More and more though, he became drawn to natural phenomena and his works are now notable for their absence of human beings.

Boomoon has exhibited internationally and a major retrospective landscape series at the art museum in Daegu, his birthplace, confirmed his importance as a renowned photographic artist.


The most spectacular work in this show is the enormous (10 metres wide) Untitled 2561 (above) that was first displayed in the Salon d섽onneur at Paris Photo 2015. The large space of the Flowers Gallery셲 Hoxton branch is able to accommodate it suitably. Seeing it in the flesh is similarly the only way to do it justice. Producing prints of what he calls 쐃xhibition size has become something of a hallmark.

The photograph forms part of the Sansu section of the exhibition, meaning 쐌ountain water in Korean and consisting of landscapes taken over the past eight years.

Once again, there is no human presence in them and some critics have noted a tension between the eastern philosophy of a holistic assimilation of the self within nature, and the western romantic notion of man and nature as distinctive forces.

쏧셫 not a naturalist or an environmentalist, Boomoon explains. 쏝ut I find in nature a space for self-reflection.

Boomoon - Skogar and Sansu is showing at the Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP until 25 June.

All images are used with the permission of the artist and gallery.


공지사항 - 글보기
58   April in New York 04/09/2018
57   Solo Show "Falling Water" at Flowers New York, 08/03-21/04/2018 03/04/2018
56   "Vertical Impulse, Horizontal Impulse", Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, 9 Jan-29 April 2018 03/03/2018
55   Photofairs San Franciso, Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion, 23-25/02/2018 02/26/2018
54   "Gangwon, The Story", Gangneung Art Center, 02-25/02/2018 02/26/2018
53   "Wilderness" at The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK, 02/02-06/05/2018 01/30/2018
52   Paris Photo, Grand Palais, 08-11/11/2017 01/30/2018
51   "Boomoon_Photography as Attitude", MOA Museum, Konjiam, 17/07-19/11/2017 05/31/2017
50   "Stars of Stars", Gyeongnam Art Museum, 01/06-23/08/2017 05/31/2017
49   "Photogrpahic Visions_Victor Burgin, Lewis Baltz, Georges Rousse, Boomoon", WAP Art Space, Seoul, 28/04-30/06/2017 05/03/2017
48   "Water That Remembers All", Kim Tschang-Yeul Art Museum, Jeju Island, 08/03-11/06/2017 05/03/2017
47   Interview with LensCulture, January 2017 03/06/2017
46   Photofairs San Franciso, Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion, 27-29/1/2017 03/06/2017
45   Paris Photo, Grand Palais, 10-13/11/2016 03/06/2017
44   Photo Shanghai, Shanghai Exhibiiton Center, 9-11/9/2017 03/06/2017
43   Solo Show at Forum F체r Fotografie, Cologne, 02/09-05/11/2016 08/04/2016
42   "Out of Obscurity", Flowers Gallery London, 02/07-03/09 08/04/2016
41   Opening at Flowers Gallery, London, 18/05/2016 06/10/2016
40   Review in Photominotor, 05/2016 06/05/2016
-   Review in Huffington Post, 19/05/2016 06/05/2016
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