Haptic Pursuits of Artistic Masterpieces
Many can appreciate a finished work of art, but fewer realize the amount of dedication and passion artists contribute towards a finished product. For one particular group of artists in Seoul, the process of creating fine art is more important any accolades.
Four artists equally driven by their passion of the developmental phase of their respective crafts have teamed up to form a group dedicated to producing handmade furniture, fine arts, and sculptures. Their mission is to “fashion long-lasting, timeless and cutting-edge pieces, and offer established and emerging artists a platform to enrich their creative process,” one said.
The group Taomina has begun tackling their creative endeavors with the opening of a project studio in Seoul, seeking to raise awareness of quality works made by hand, in comparison to machine generated, mass-marketed, second-tier objects.
Founder Sven Schelwach completed his first finished piece when he was 15 ears of age. Unsatisfied by cheap, mass-marketed objects, he sought to create a quality piece by hand. Focusing on the developmental process with minimalistic influences, Schelwach creates pieces durable in stature, ones that are materialistically pure, and possessing personal innovative twists. “When I work, I am searching for this perfect moment, when time stands still and nothing matters but the harmony of the now and here,” he said.
Craig MackIntosh brings talents to the group as a tradesman of art realms. Born in Portland, Oregon, he developed his craft with the written word, illustration, carpentry, design, sculpture, and is heavily influenced by architecture. Seeking to find harmony and agreement between his centerpiece and its surroundings is his mission. When he identifies a piece being as developed as it needs to be he says, "I'm saddened that the problem solving is over. It's like a relationship coming to an end. I'm bored to tears by coveting a 'finished' piece. I have to rebound quickly with the next one."
Sculptor Jason C. Mehl brings interesting insight to art as he seeks to emulate the effects of erosion and natural degradation in his works. While finding his beginnings with ceramics, he has graduated to work with various metals. An environmental science degree led him to accent focused emphasis on textures and natural feeling by using science as a large influence on his art. His patterns are influenced by landscapes in nature and views taken from varied landscapes of the American West. “Each piece is a personal exploration of light, texture, and form.” While a resident of Seoul he still showcases works back in Texas, USA.
Yang Ju-im (Jamie) is a Seoulite, and was a graphic designer before venturing into finer arts. Game design was not satisfying, so a change of scenery with New York City’s street art fairs and further globetrotting gave her ambitions to create artistic pieces. Using Styrofoam as a canvas, the pieces communicate her emotions. “They are pieces of memories and they are an explosion of emotions,” Yang said. In an essence, they are a means to prove her abundant emotions are still alive. Her puzzle-like paintings show individual messages, but showcase a collective significance when the puzzle is viewed as a whole.
The collective will feature their works at Gallery Golmok from Aug. 19 to Sept. 4. “Tactophilia” will introduce the audience to the residue of their creative process. The human hand is a conduit in creating art.
Haptic perception and intuition were fundamental in the process. Taomina invites you participate in an experience of the senses.
For more information on the artists, visit the website at www.taomina.com. To reach Gallery Golmok, take Noksapyeong station (Line 6), Exit 3 towards Itaewon. Cross the street heading towards the main drag and veer left down the alley next to Suji’s Restaurant and Kwon’s Engraving, and proceed to the yellow and pink buildings.