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Sojung Jun: Overtone

Barakat Contemporary, Seoul

Wed 8 Nov 2023 to Sun 7 Jan 2024

58-4 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Sojung Jun: Overtone

Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

Artist: Sojung Jun

Barakat Contemporary presents Sojung Jun’s (b.1982) first solo exhibition at the gallery: Overtone.


Artworks

Sojung Jun, Epiphyllum I, 2023

VR 3D sculpture, aluminium casted

120 × 186 × 110 cm

Courtesy of Barakat Contemporary

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Sojung Jun, Epiphyllum III, 2023

VR 3D sculpture, aluminium casted

120 × 140 × 120 cm

Courtesy of Barakat Contemporary

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Sojung Jun, Overtone (video still), 2023

Three-channel 4K video, color, stereo sound, 1 hour 24 min

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Installation Views

Installation image for Sojung Jun: Overtone, at Barakat Contemporary Installation image for Sojung Jun: Overtone, at Barakat Contemporary Installation image for Sojung Jun: Overtone, at Barakat Contemporary Installation image for Sojung Jun: Overtone, at Barakat Contemporary

Probing into Sojung Jun’s ongoing investigation of ‘sound’, the artist launches Syncope for the first time, an AR application (online preview website) developed especially for her first solo exhibition for Barakat Contemporary as an extension of the new film presented at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul for the Korea Artist Prize 2023.

Featuring a new series of sculptures entitled Epiphyllum I (2023) and Epiphyllum III (2023) along with the new three-channel film Overtone, Jun proposes an interesting perspective that enables an organic web of relationships between sculptures, video, and digital data that transcends time and space, and the real and virtual.

“Overtone” is the title of Sojung Jun's first solo exhibition and her new three-channel video (2023). It is a musical terminology that describes the harmonic series that collide and blend around and above a fundamental note to create a coherent musical tone. The term is closely related to the “overtonal montage” coined by Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948), a film director who left behind many studies on Soviet montage forms and experiments. Explaining overtonal montage using the principles of music, Eisenstein noted that primary artistic elements work together with various secondary components to create a dominant impression or unity. Therefore, he argued that overtonal montage not only evokes a consonant atmosphere or feeling but also elicits physical perception; it triggers a holistic experience, including emotional and physical reactions.

Thus, Sojung Jun’s Overtone enables an immersive experience of multiple sensations through time and space as harmony is found within the dissonance between the instruments of Korea, China, and Japan.

Sojung Jun (b. 1982) is a media artist based in Seoul. Jun is currently selected as a candidate for the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art's Artist of the Year Award.

Using media such as video, sound, sculpture, and publishing, she creates non-linear time and space that evoke new perceptions of the present and explores how the transition of physical boundaries penetrates through everyday sensory experiences. Sojung Jun has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Bern Museum of Art in Switzerland, Palais de Tokyo, Atelier Hermes, Arco Museum, Nam June Paik Art Center, Villa Vasilief in Paris, the 11th Gwangju Biennale, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, and the Ulsan Museum of Art. She has won the 14th Song Eun Art Award, the 18th Hermes Foundation Art Award, and the 2016 Gwangju Biennale Noon Art Award. In addition, her works are part of the collections of numerous institutions at home and abroad, including the Hannefken Foundation, Ulisieg Collection, Osaka National Museum of Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Gyeonggi Museum of Art, Busan Museum of Contemporary Art, Busan Museum of Art, and Ulsan Museum of Modern Art.

Installation view of Sojung Jun: Overtone, 2023, Barakat Contemporary. Courtesy of Barakat Contemporary

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