|▲ 구르는 돌(Rolling Stone #324), Acrylic on paper, 99.5×70.5㎝, 2018|
Even in recent years, the marks of every brush stroke, every touch resulting from action, are important forms of expression. His brush strokes, overlaid or internalized, generate density while conveying turbulences of construction, and simultaneously breathe vivid life into the screen.
Thus, that alone completes the artwork with perfection. However, the significance comes from subtle tension created by the loose balance of his brush strokes, because they are the emotional lines of Ahn.
Up close, they can be comprehended as the pure evidence of life, but from afar they act as a spontaneous and temporary channel that guide the viewers into a world of ponder as a medium of sharing.
As a result, the largely or smally applied colors and rough brush strokes no longer hold the purpose to explain what they are revealing. As expressionists did in the past, there is a lot of intuitive flow in Ahn’s use of color and behavior.
|▲ 구르는 돌(Rolling Stone #336), Acrylic on paper, 99.5×70.5㎝, 2018|
Indeed, the form is not faithful to mimicry. It stands upright as a direct expression of emotion and sense, and lines, forms and colors are used only for the expressibility of those emotions and senses. As I viewed the countless works I was able to face in Ahn’s studio, I felt as though his recent works are not without the aspect of automatic technology, which is often dismissed by surrealists.
As you may note, automatic technology refers to involuntary automatic action, which is a method of recording images that rise from an unconscious mind. Unfortunately, though, this is only my interpretation. Ahn’s(서양화가 안준섭, 안준섭 작가,Ahn Junseop,Artist Ahn Junseop,painter Ahn Junseop) paintings do not define anything or provide hints.
It is almost impossible to guess because the artworks are not filled with perfect shapes. However, the colors that cross numerous times seem to envelop the human form of living in social relationships, and some geometrical images exist as if they are the world of Arcadia: a life of living as nature has provided. And a single stiff brush stroke is the most valuable messenger that allows the world to be interpreted and exposed to viewers.
△Hong Kyunghan│Art critic