Born in Busan, Lee Jin Ju graduated from the Hongik University Department of Oriental Painting and completed a master’s course at its graduate school. Lee depicts dreamy psychological scenes triggered by emotion and memory of pain, sorrow, and negativity.
Lee Jin Ju’s work begins from questions thrown repeatedly in life. The negative events and emotions of the past, which were not even wanted, endlessly appear and disappear within the everyday life:
What becomes the device which arouses memories from within the uncomfortable ‘ventilation’ one does not wish to face? What are the common structures of memories? In what way do memories, which survived without having been forgotten, manufacture? Why do people with Alzheimer not only lose memories of the past but cannot live the present and cannot imagine the future? Where are the boundaries between memories, dreams and conscience? What are the afterimages of images, made by my perception from cognitive force of memory surpassing time and space, like? What becomes visible during the process of inner quest starting from these questions are recorded as my work. From the superfluousness cut from a well-made frame, following their softly soundless stories, cuddling the insignificant and petty motifs of the everyday, I discover the unconscious sensuous layer that is hidden inside. At that moment, I become a melancholic adventurer and the everyday is reborn into things of the extraordinary.
Benoit Jammes is a French graphic designer and photographer living and working in Paris. With his [o-o], a series of cassette relooking, he gives life back to vintage tapes by making references to pop culture: “It so happened that I found a bunch of old cassettes at home. Seeing them brought me back to the 80s, when I was a kid. In any case, I could not play them any more. Resurrecting them sounded a good idea for me. It was sound, it became visual… and I am pretty sure they are happier now than in a shoebox :-) I think people from my generation would relate to this series of work and would be happy to see these old cassette tapes managed to start a new life!”
Jon Klassen is a Canadian writer and illustrator of children’s books and an animator. Born in Winnipeg and grew up Toronto, he studied animation at Sheridan College and graduated in 2005. The Los Angeles-based artist might have made his first big splash as an animator, working as a concept artist on high profile animation projects including Coraline and Kung Fu Panda 2This Is Not My Hat, which he also wrote. He is also well known for his 2011 picture book I Want My Hat Back.