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Erasure (solo exhibition, 2018)

Overview of the exhibition filmed by Soo Yeon Kim

Scouring, scrubbing, sweeping, bleaching, rinsing, brushing away – all of these words refer to different ways of removing dirty marks during the act of cleaning. All of these processes were also used to make the works in the Erasure series.

The word ‘erasure’ has a number of possible interpretations that could refer to removing part of a drawing, cleaning away dirt, censorship or obliteration. Through animation, sequential works on paper and performance, processes of erasure are used to record the duration and actions of domestic labour. Based on the artist’s own early experiences of working as a cleaner, these works use repetitive actions of scrubbing and scouring and the textures of ink, bleach and other cleaning products to capture the time taken, materials used and physical actions made through cleaning; to make invisible labour visible.

Download exhibition catalogue here.

Hanmi Gallery
Hanmi Gallery, Seoul

Exhibition view
Exhibition view, Scrubbed Clean, Scoured I-XVI, Erasure film

Scoured 1-16
Scoured I-XVI (bleach, ink, paper on canvas, 16 @ 20x20cm)

Scoured detail
Scoured X, detail

Erasure exhibition
Exhibition view, Scoured I-XVI, Erasure film

Erasure exhibition
Exhibition view, Erasure film, Rosary Drawing XII documentation

Erasure exhibition
Exhibition view,Rosary Drawing XII documentation

Rosary Drawing 12 performance
Rosary Drawing XII performance at the Private View

Erasure exhibition
Exhibition view, Minus Me I, How Eating Makes You Hungry, Minus Me II, Warping the Weft

Cut books
Minus Me I, How Eating Makes You Hungry, Minus Me II (J cloth, cut and burnt books, 13 x 20cm, 2018)

Cleaning 1&2
Cleaning I & II, part of the series but not included in the show due to fragility (watercolour paper, foam board, 20x31.8cm, 2016)

Private View artist talk
Artist's talk at the Private View, 2018

Erasure model
Exhibition plan to scale made by Birgitta Hosea in Sketch Up

Erasure plan
Exhibition plan to scale made by Birgitta Hosea in Sketch Up

Erasure plan Exhibition plan to scale made by Birgitta Hosea in Sketch Up