Peter Bynum and Jinsu Han in Conversation: Memory: MIRROR INTO THE SELF
The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is presenting a talk, Memory: Mirror into the Self, based on the work of two artists featured in Between I & Thou, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill New York.
Jinsu Han’s installations Liquid Memory speak of memory through metaphor, “The body is a container for memory and most of the body is water.” The installations combine vessels that have memories attached. The vessels are filled with colored water. Robotically, sinkers go into the vessels, creating ripples. “Memories have that effect, from the center, memories go out affecting everything.” (Jinsu Han)
The first installation was created with Jinsu working with pre- k-6th graders from the Manitou School in Cold Spring, NY, working on color mixing and dying of the liquid in their vessels and, later, writing their memories. Han and the students talked about memories and the family stories that went with the vessels. The larger community is invited to be part of Han’s second installation. Bring a vessel with a story (written) before June 4th to the museum. 15 will be part of the installation. Both installations will be on view June 4th, the day of the artists’ talk and Jinsu Han’s Opening, 5-7PM.
Peter Bynum’s multi-media installation of illuminated paintings, Illumination of the Sacred Forms, houses a collection of Bynum’s cellular/natural/ ”under the microscope” large paintings on glass, layered so that viewers have reported being “transported to another world.” “ A five-year old had this interpretation, “It’s like looking at an orange slice, like the veins.” A three-year old said it all, “WOW.”
Bynum’s work also speaks to memory and connectivity, “I think of memory as being a cousin of imagination, a creative act: there are layers of self-image that we are deeply invested in and protective of, such that a memory is often a subjective fiction masquerading as an objective truth. Nietzche says: ‘My memory says I have done that. My pride says I can’t have done that. Eventually, memory yields.’ As we reach back in time, seeing with our mind’s eye, we are negotiating complex entanglements, skeins of meaning and connotation, a self-conscious narrative tale where we choose to follow some branches and avoid others.”
Jinsu Han’s opening on June 4th is HVCCA’s final event in partnering with the Peekskill Artists’ Alliance Open Studios weekend.