As Jacques Derrida examines and plays with language and words, Hong deconstructs the meaning of idioms and public statements, conjuring double entendre and reinterpreting value through the arrangement of objects, space and movement. Her intimate installation invites the viewer in, allowing one to question signification through an active, kinetic and sensory experience. Relying upon movement, duration and time Hong’s work attempts to represent human sentiment and response. Until the Moment is designed to function as a symbol of the feeling that builds within us when a lie or personal secret is about to be exposed. The gesture that occurs here is meant to convey a sense of anticipation, nervousness and fear. Through the construction of this active installation Hong proceeds to intervene and play with traditional notions of truth and its reveal/revealing.
Until the Moment also plays metaphorically with the notion of catharsis, restraint and freedom (or lack thereof). Within the work we find an object appearing to represent one’s burden, this is abruptly released, falling rapidly, only then to be caught halting the action and movement before it (the hidden truth) can be “revealed”, alleviating all feelings of anxiety and fear. In Poetics Aristotle refers to this type of release as a catharsis. Within this work there is no release, there is no catharsis. This action continues to carry with it the constant anxiety and fear that at any moment it’s secret will be revealed, repeating the cycle again and again.
Through the work Until the Moment, Hong engages in metaphor to represent her interest in the passage of time, duration, memory/personal experiences and existence in the present moment. Though Hong is not particularly interested in politics, in the current climate one may find it possible to form associations with her work and greater societal concerns. More accurately Hong strives to create a sense of empathy with the viewer, to form a bond between the artist and the audience, examining her own being and existence in relationship to society.
Heeryung Hong is a Korean and International visual artist based in Daegu. Born in Yeongju, Hong initially trained as a painter, then evolving into a concept-based installation artist. Her work consists of installations in which she creates events and interventions based upon an exploration of meaning in language and text through objects. She is interested in consciousness, the passage of the time and its meaning as observed through human relationships, the disappearance of existence and our inability to be separated from the past and the future. Hong has completed a BA and MA in Fine Art from Yeung Nam University as well as an MA at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, she has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions.