• Suh Dong-wook, Day for night, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Suh Dong-wook, Day for night, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Suh Dong-wook, Day for night, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Suh Dong-wook, Day for night, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Suh Dong-wook, Day for night, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Suh Dong-wook, Day for night, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Suh Dong-wook, Day for night, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Suh Dong-wook, Day for night, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Suh Dong-wook, Day for night, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Suh Dong-wook, Day for night, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

“Day for night” is the name for cinematographic techniques, which means recording night scenes in daylight. “Day for night” was often used in black-and-white hollywood films from the silent picture days for reducing production costs and for achieving special effects.
The artist, Suh Dong-Wook works in both medium, video work and painting. From this show, what he is trying to show from his paintings can be classified in two different categories. One is a portrait of a laid down figure in a small, dark room waiting for something/someone. This kind of portrait of depicting a figure form placed in a dark room with strong lighting seems as if it were a single frame from a film. Second category is about a night city landscape lighten up with artificial illumination. Public parking place of Han River and pavement construction vehicles etc, are ordinary things that we could easily come across from the street at night. This landscape seems as if it were a scene from a black-and-white film taken with “day for night” filming. Night sky colored with dark ultramarine blue, stars twinkling above the sky, and city lights sparkling in the dark are wholly mashed together in a cold night air of the city.
A new video work called <Lights on the water> contains a story of a man and a woman with a background of reservoir located in Ansung, Kyeonggi Do. Each of the stories is segmented but somehow reveals a faint plot from the film. Background image of the film; Waterhouse fishing place, tiny boat and small island in reservoir; seem to allude lonely fate of a man.
Works of Suh Dong-Wook are strong and new just like the night landscape recorded in daylight with a camera equipped with blue filter.

Suh Dongwook was born in 1974 and currently lives and works in Seoul. He received his BFA from Hongik University and his MFA from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris Cergy. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Video, Vide & O at Arko Art Center, Cinematic Montage at the Seoul Museum of Art, Cine Forum at Seoul National University Museum of Art, as well as group shows at Cité Internationale des Arts, Mongin Art Center, Seomi & Tuus Gallery, Ssangssangmadang and Passage de Retz under the curatorial direction of Michel Nuridsany. Suh has held solo shows at Gallery Loop, Gallery Mille Plateaux (Paris), and the Gallery of the Cité Internationale des Arts.