29 August 2012
Where does it come from? After having experience in making lithography work, I could not stop thinking about the material of lithography - limestone. I learned that best quality stone plate was from Solnhofen, in Germany. I subsequently needed to go to see the birthplace, the source. Finally, I arrived in Munich to visit the quarries. I wanted to enjoy the city, but people said don't go to the center of city tonight. At that time I did not understand why…
30 August 2012
The Strata from Upper Jurassic eras was so beautiful. I put chisel to the stone and hit by hammer, the layer of stone was peeled like a turning the page of book of history of the earth. Each fragment of stones were including many different fossils and telling their story of life from 145 millions years ago. I discovered that limestone was already a media which keeps and transfer images. Thanks to the help of my friend, who has a driver’s license, I was able to bring back many stones in my suitcase.
I finally realized why they told me not to visit the city. The center was blocked because a bomb from World War II was found beneath the site of a former nightclub. The huge explosion after the controlled detonation was larger than expected. It’s a strange contrast between a fossil and a bomb; both were preserved deep underground… what foolishness it is that we buried bombs and nuclear waste on this beautiful earth?
9th February 2013
During my research into the history of lithography, I knew that Nicéphore Niépce was interested in lithography (before his invention of photography) and I saw the most oldest photomechanical process image called “Cheval avec son conducteur
(A man leading a horse)” on the Internet. Is this just a coincidence or...? In the history of imagery, one of the first moving image by Eadweard Muybridge was also “Horse in Motion”
. The horse clearly played an important role in human life, in agriculture, transportation, and in war - until we started to use technology – “The Extensions of Man”
(Marsall McLuhan). In fact, many advanced technologies like the internet or GPS were developed and used for the purposes of war.
« Un cheval avec son conducteur » Joseph Nicéphore Niépce
18th February 2013
Héliography, 10 x 14.7 cm, 1825
Source galica.bnf.fr © Bibliothèque nationale de France
I started to experiment with limestone from my trip to make a lithography print. Polishing smoothly, drawing on the surface… it was like a dialogue and collaboration with each small stone.
24th August 2014
Trip to Santa Fe in New Mexico. I visited at “Kasha-Katuwe”, meaning 'white cliffs’, named after an American Indian word. After climbing up severe slopes through layers of volcanic curious shaped rock, I enjoyed a view from the top. The sky was so blue, clouds were floating like islands, it reminds me painting of Georgia O'Keeffe. At the same time, I was thinking about there is a place of first atomic bomb test site over this beautiful view….
22nd April 2015
Addition, addition, addition... Drawing and painting during the night in Paris. Inducing the randomness and to calling attention to details. All details are connected. The result of accumulation of hand movements became an abstract image that reveal a question for the perception of human beings. These images are medium for my mind and viewer’s mind.
6th July 2016
What is this origin of image “Cheval avec son conducteur”
by Niépce? – Again I was asking my self. I accessed database of Bibliothèque nationale de France, and learned that this image was “copy” of Dirk Stoop’s Etching. “Somebody” copied by hand and made etching print, and Niépce used this reproduction of print to make his heliography. In addition these prints were multiple. So, the origin of photography was already “copy of copy”… simulacre.
3rd March 2017
Travel to Netherlands to see my friends. We visited in Haarlem and we saw statue of Laurens Janszoon Costerm who is legendary, believed to be the inventor of the printing press prior to Gutenberg. Teylers Museum collected Dirk Stoop’s horse etching but I could not see it. However, they were showing a massive collection of fossils from Solnhofen.
4th March 2017
Appointment at Study room of Rijiks Museum in Amsterdam. Conservator had already prepared Dirk Stoop’s etching print from their archive. Finally I could see in my real eyes. Moreover two prints! They were same prints but not same in small details. One was stronger image, the other’s hatching line was little bit faded because copper plate was worn down after printed many times. Multiple, but analog print is not like a digital copy, each one has their own each life.
23rd March 2017
Who did this reproduction of Dirk Stoop’s etching by hand? After my travels, I was still researching. Finally, I came across found the same etching print by an anonymous person, and it arrived at my place. It was one of the prints from the series of animal studies etching print copied after Dutch Artists of Golden Age, including Dirk Stoop. Appropriated and mirrored, the background landscape was deleted, and especially small lines by hand movement was different from Dirk Stoop’s. Even if this document had no real historical value, the originality of its execution appeared to me to be genuinely valuable.
11th May 2017
I felt it’s time to see real horses, so I visited at an equestrian club in Bois de Boulogne. Smell of horse, soft touch of horse skin, and rhythm of trot, and body language… it was full of sensory input. Today, for many people, riding horses is a healing, restorative activity. It is so happy to see the spectacles of children were enjoying riding horses.
16th May 2017
Preparing my exhibition. Like my last three exhibitions (2012, 2013 et 2015 in Galerie Hors Champs in Paris), this time again, it will present a variety of techniques: painting, printing, photography and video installation. Through my investigation of history of images and technology, extending the scope of my work, I have expanded my range of medias to an extended practice to find the new perspectives for the upcoming new age.