Preview: Thursday 8 July (4-8pm)
Exhibition: 9 July – 7 August 2021
BEERS London is thrilled to present the debut of South Korean painter, Hyangmok Baik in his first international solo exhibition. Since finding him on Instagram, the young artist’s profile has exploded – seeing him appear as an online favourite and securing shows in the USA and abroad. The naïve but honest approach paired with reductive colour schemes and complex compositions has found him a loyal collector base with both peers and critics singing his praises. As is our practice, the gallery reached out to Hyangmok for a few ‘thoughts’ regarding his forthcoming exhibition, Forgotten by Us, and we were so struck by the power, beauty, and unadorned quality of his words that we have decided to print it below, unedited, in its entirety.
What surprised me so much when I was preparing for this show is that I had forgotten so many things.
The whole world is exhausted now, but I forgot all the little moments before because I only focused on the situation.
Hanging out with a loved one,
Things like this … to go on a trip together again.
Then I was curious…
What have other people forgotten? What are some precious moments we have forgotten?
I hope this show is time to share them. It’s time to remember things we’ve forgotten for a while.
It’s truly the world now, it’s tough.
Many are tired and depressed.
The world is so wide, but we are all tied to our own seats and are unable to leave as freely as before.
Then I found out.
The moments that were trivial just two years ago were moments that were so precious to us.
We are hanging out with loved ones,
We went on a trip together,
Like birds sitting in a tree and singing, we all gathered together to convey love to each other.
We met new people and enjoyed beer together.
Those moments that weren’t the days when the preparations were masks were very precious moments when I think about it now.
And I too easily forgot those precious moments.
Now is the time for us to remember again.
The small, trivial, but very precious moments we forgot.
Because we are overcoming this situation now and we will definitely get over it