South likes: Jewyo Rhii at Wilkinson Gallery, London

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Jewyo Rhii, 2014, installation view, Wilkinson Gallery, London. Photography by Peter White. Courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London.

South likes: Jewyo Rhii at Wilkinson Gallery, London
Jewyo Rhii
Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
7 September – 26 October, 2014

Text by Marina Maniadaki

The initial image upon entering the exhibition could be described as a fragmented studio space. Vinyl floor pieces are peculiarly placed around the room, while the slowly melting blocks of ice and somewhat eerie sound of fans seems to be keeping track of time. Within a series of typewriter constructions and scattered words on the surrounding walls, the formal “imperfections” of the works are evident: the artist appears to have used any materials she could find (from uneven wooden boards to colourful hair ties) to fashion these objects. There is a strong element of repetition, not only in the structure of the works, but also in the obscure phrase the artist scribbles countless times around the exhibition – “5 more years to live”. In the second half of the exhibition, the artist clumsily  covers a pile of objects, unexpectedly setting borders between her and the viewer. The exhibition can be seen as an impression of an internal reality driving the artist to constantly produce these objects; an attempt to communicate this reality in a mystifying language, which is yet produced by familiar means (for example, a typewriter or a hand-crafted projector). In the end, the agony of the artist to be fully understood is put into actual words: notes analysing the ideas and processes behind each piece. Does the artist abandon the language she constructs, striving to be understood by a “wider audience”? Should we read the notes and see the show as a literal narrative, or should we trust the internal images we built while experiencing the works?

http://www.wilkinsongallery.com/exhibitions/106-JewyoRhii

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Jewyo Rhii, 2014, installation view, Wilkinson Gallery, London. Photography by Peter White. Courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London.

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Jewyo Rhii, 2014, installation view, Wilkinson Gallery, London. Photography by Peter White. Courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London.

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Jewyo Rhii, 2014, installation view, Wilkinson Gallery, London. Photography by Peter White. Courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London.

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Jewyo Rhii, 2014, installation view, Wilkinson Gallery, London. Photography by Peter White. Courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London.

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Jewyo Rhii, 2014, installation view, Wilkinson Gallery, London. Photography by Peter White. Courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London.

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Jewyo Rhii, 2014, installation view, Wilkinson Gallery, London. Photography by Peter White. Courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London.

 

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