ABOUT WEBSITE: The Green Lights is an annual exhibition hosted by the graduating fine art students of Minerva Art Academy. It serves not only as an assessment during which the students aim to get their ‘green light’ to graduate, but as an opportunity to independently create a public exhibition. Faced with the challenge of bringing together 55 unique practices, we’ve based this year’s Green Lights around the Art Spectrum, a compass navigating different positions, approaches and cultures within the fine arts. Where do we stand? What does it stand for? These are the questions we raise rather than answer as we try to materialise the complex and diverse ecosystem of the art culture.
ABOUT THE ART COMPASS: The Art Compass is based on the well know political compass, as it provides four extreme artistic positions as the boarders of the fluid space in between. On the horizontal axis the attitude of the artist toward their practice is defined as between craft and concept. These two well known and often scrutinised labels have in this case a more suggestive nature, indicating whether the concept, idea, message is prioritised over the technique, medium, skill or vice versa. The vertical axis defines the position of the artist towards the art world. From the white cube, gallery culture and the art market making up the inside, to alternative non-art spaces and practices challenging the boarders of art from the outside, the artists occupy positions based on how much they conform to or rebel towards the established art institution.
The interaction of the axis creates four areas - inside concept, outside concept, outside craft and inside craft - each representing an artistic subculture in which specific values, opinions, movements and artworks exist.
Although seemingly opposite, the two directions of each axis are more often than not intertwined, and so the artist might assume different positions along the axis at different times, in relation to different works, or they might assume a wide area of the spectrum within which their practice exists.
On the south side of Berlin, in the city called Buckow, there is a house surrounded by overgrown Ivy. With a total area of 780m2 and a backyard of about 500m2, numerous trees and plants are growing there. And on one side of the garden there is a small garden which is full of Korean plants and vegetables, sized around 10 steps across and 20 steps long with my feet. My grand- aunt, Cha has been taking care of it everyday since 1986 when she moved there. This is a story of her and her garden.
It always begins with the process of picking up the traces of someone’s life that are not remembered and unrecognised in the accumulation of time. And I’d like to contemplate how it can be interpreted again as potential stories in contemporary context. Through this process, I’d like to ask questions about the thoughts and attitudes we should have.