How are our lives shaped by a rapidly changing urban environment? Korean artist Min Joonhong‘s multimedia works seek to answer this question.
His assemblages, which have been shown in London, Seoul, and Milan, are often large enough to fill entire galleries. With such size, it comes as something of a surprise that his central London studio, housed in a nondescript office building, is so small. “Here I work on scaled-down versions of my concepts, so I can familiarize myself with how they’ll be pieced together,” he explains. “This helps me work quickly once I’m in the actual space.” Each sculpture is created on location and customized according to the amount of space available.
日新月异的城市环境，究竟是如何塑造我们的生活的？对此，韩国艺术家 Min Joonhong 通过自己的作品以进行探讨，目前已经在伦敦、首尔和米兰展出。
组合艺术作品往往有着非常可观的体积，常常会占满整个画廊。但 Joonhong 的工作室却位于伦敦市中心里一栋普通办公楼里的小房间，实在让人意外。Joonhong 说，“我会先在这里将概念做成缩小版本的作品，熟悉一下各部分是如何拼凑在一起的。这有助于我到了实际场地时能更快完成作品。”每件作品都是他在展出场地上完成的，依据可用空间大小进行定制创作。
Efficiency and discipline are fundamental to Min’s creative process. He sticks to a rigid work schedule he sets for himself every day. Even outside his working hours, he says he spends much of his free time thinking about how to improve his art.
This incessant self-reflection carries over to the thematics of his works. Min looks to “uncomfortable memories” for inspiration and says that the best way to harness the anxiety and alienation of modern urban life is to channel them toward art. By reimagining the city environment, Min explores what’s left out in contemporary urban society.
Min’s vertical sculptures are designed to resemble a futuristic skyline. Yet his interest in the urban environment is also visible in his choice of materials. From broken furniture to discarded packaging, he scavenges random objects from London’s streets, reassembling them to create model high rises and skyscrapers.
Finding new uses for these left-behind items is his way of engaging with the past, just as building elaborate cityscapes is his way of embracing the future. As cities around the world continue to reinvent themselves, Min’s work invites us to consider how yesterday’s discarded junk can help us imagine the world of tomorrow.