2005, Korea & Canada, 2x16mm, color & b/w, 30 min.
Live improvisation by Chulki Hong and Will Guthrie
Seized in moments of visual detachment during periods of emotional contact, these images are oxidized residues of fixed light and chemical elements of transformed from living organisms. No plastic expression can ever be more than a residue of the experience and yet, the residue is the recognition of the experience, loss permeates the work and yet somehow the experience endures, recalling the event more or less clearly, like the undisturbed ashes of an object consumed by flames. The recognition of this object, so little representative and so fragile, speaks to us of this artist’s isolation. The Cracked Share is quite wonderfully dense and visceral in nature... it looks as though the work has been doubly manipulated organically and digitally, yet the work still retains its organic nature through its alchemical orientation …the sense of visual rhythm is well paced and the appropriated footage of the Astronauts / Pornographic actor / Horse in The Cracked Share is wonderfully imaginative and fluid... an ocular alkahest
Carl E. Brown, Visual alchemy 2008
Film is disintegrated by various urea by strong oxidizing chemical agents. The compound (usually, we call it that is film emulsion) resolves itself into its elements. Swing-back to isolationism, un-concealment the film material itself… Film is just a tensile strength between emulsion and base. I found new laws of particle motion investigating condition its physical chemistry attribute. I reworked image by various chemical that sodium & potassium is included and adjustment of hydrogen ion concentration is available. Work that is oxidized again, silver particles that is gotten restored through film developer in darkroom.... do me to reach in new state. I began to examine... about that experience talks to me at the point justly. Title of this work is inspired from Georges Bataille The Accursed Share (La Part maudite, 1949)