7 APRIL – 9 JULY 2023
From landscape photographs to jazz music to ceramics, David Zink Yi’s works are grounded in a deep and investigative relationship to the body, specifically the artist’s hands. For his contribution to the 14th Gwangju Biennale, Zink Yi has chosen to present a series of 257 colorfully glazed sculptures entitled ALL MY COLORS, 2023. In their installation, the repeated ceramic forms recall the serial arrangement of color samples, though their biomorphic shapes also summon traces of organic life – fish, slugs, or other water creatures. Each of the individual pieces also function like notes in a musical composition, relational, yet fully their own, though their impact is best appreciated as a group. This tenuous arrangement of parts offers a model of balance and unity within a diverse amalgam of colors.
ALL MY COLORS thus helps to articulate the core concerns of the 14th Gwangju Biennale, which seeks to imagine our shared planet as a site of resistance, coexistence, solidarity, and care by thinking through the transformative and restorative potential of water as a metaphor, a force and a method. Both the water-based glazes and sea-like forms animate this theme, and does so with the utmost care and pervasive gentleness. According to the Dao De Jing, “there is nothing softer and weaker than water, and yet there is nothing better for attacking hard and strong things” (Chapter 78). The Biennale’s aims to highlight the capacity of art to permeate deeply into the individual and the collective simultaneously, enabling us to navigate the complexities of the world with a sense of both awareness and direction.