[Interview] Woman’s Central Hot Spot Report – Ku Hye Sun, 2 Nights 3 days in Hong Kong
Ku Hye Sun, who had her 3rd art opening, has been specially invited to Hong Kong Contemporary. Although 2 nights and 3 days is very short for an art opening, it is enough to recall the original intention. Afterwards, she left for Ulleungdo Island to be filled with nature. I listened to her who is brimming with artistic sense.
I met Ku HyeSun last Septemeber before her 3rd art opening. At that time, she said that she wanted to color her hair blond. Then, she actually showed herself with blond hair. She also talked about her wish to participate in an art fair abroad. Soon afterwards, I heard the news that she was invited to the Hong Kong art fair.
I already knew her to be someone who does what she says she will do whether it is small or big. However, I never imagined that her driving force/momentum is this good. Of course, being invited to the art fair is not from her effort. But, I believe that such an invitation reflects her consistent hard work within Korea.
On June 24th, Ku HyeSun was about to leave for Hong Kong for the first art fair abroad and I asked her to bring me lots of pictures. At this time, Ku HyeSun has been working without a manager. Most likely, Ku HyeSun must be the only person in YG Entertainment to work without a manager. I remember Ku HyeSun telling me with a smile: “I think the agency just threw their hands in air because I just want to do things my way.” Ku HyeSun ultimately left for Hong Kong without a manager.
At first Ku HyeSun was suppose to be at the Hong Kong art fair for 3 nights and 4 days. But Ku HyeSun sent me a text saying that she returned to Korea after 2 nights and 3 days. She had to return to Korea early because she had to attend an appointment ceremony for the upcoming CheongJu Biennale Craft/Art Fair in September for which she and designer Lie SangBong have been appointed ambassadors. Albeit short, Ku HyeSun says that she had a sufficiently nice time in Hong Kong.
Ku HyeSun says that she felt a sense of freedom in Hong Kong. “Currently Hong Kong is the hottest market for art. Every year in May, renowned art fairs take place and many great and high-quality galleries have their openings. Such excitement bring art lovers and other tourists to Hong Kong from all over the world. It is easy to see how potentially explosive Hong Kong market is just by the fact that world renowned Art Basel acquired Hong Kong art fair and opened Art Basel Hong Kong.”
The Hong Kong Art Fair, to which Ku HyeSun was invited, was held at the CausewayBay Excelcior Hotel in Hong Kong. It was organized by a Korean gallery owner in Hong Kong named Moon EunYoung. What was unique about this art fair is that, unlike other famous art fairs, many unrecognized or non-celebrity artists were able to participate in the art fair. This year, art projects from 40 different countries including China, Japan, Spain and Germany. Last year, Ha JungWoo was invited. Reportedly, the art fair organizer did not know that both Ha JungWoo and Ku HyeSun are celebrities. They were invited to the fair based on their art works only.
Ku HyeSun: “Late fall of last year, I received an invitation to the Contemporary Art Fair’s special corner. At that time, I was holding my “Jan-Sang=Afterimage” art opening. So, I actually prepared art pieces for two fairs nearly at the same time. Total of 13 pieces were exhibited and among them were new pieces like ‘Gold Fish’ and ‘Self-portrait’. I made them hoping that onlookers may feel part of my thinking and expression.”
Last year at a private art opening at theTemple of Art’s HanGaRam museum, Ku HyeSun showcased abstract pictures of face, fish, and nude and received much attention. The HK art fair that opened inside a hotel was different and new in terms of how the pieces were shown and arranged.
Ku HyeSun: “The experience was refreshing. It just felt so free and easy to experience the art. One whole hotel floor was rented and each room was used as an exhibition room. So pieces were placed on the bed or under the curtains. The size was not big but that is why it felt more cozy and more comfortable. The art fair took place just an elevator ride away from my room that I felt like I was just taking a walk around my home.” (laughter)”
Many young artists took part in this Contemporary Art Fair. It could have been a great opportunity to exchange thoughts with artists from all over the world. However, due to the sudden visits by fans and the media, she had little time for that. Ku HyeSun pointed out that she had a very deep and special appreciation for GiGi Chao’s clear sense for color in her work; Ku HyeSun and GiGi Chao shared the special art exhibition corner. GiGi Chao is not only a daughter of a famous wealthy business man in HK, but she also caused big news all over the world when she announced her coming out. Ku HyeSun mentioned GiGi Chao’s writing in one of her pieces: ‘Do Not Hate What You Cannot Understand’.
Ku HyeSun: “I originally planned to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibition and have a sharing time with other artists. If there was time, I also wanted to tour around Hong Kong area. But, fans from many different countries who loved BOF came without notice and so we had an impromptu fan meeting. (laughter) I wanted to talk with the fans but due to several different languages spoken, we mostly talked with our hands and body gestures. They asked a lot of questions about the pieces, but I am not sure if I was able to explain sufficiently well.”
50 reporters poured in that she also had press conference. Hong Kong reporters asked first about the art and then asked her about her ideal male type
. So she says she answered with: A Man who likes art.
“I was impressed by how art pieces were arranged in a hotel. They were placed atop beds and under the curtains that one can feel more free and comfortable to approach art.”I put aside the pressure to draw pieces that must sell.
This was Ku HyeSun’s first time to visit Hong Kong and she came with her sister. But, due to the sudden pouring of the media and fans, Ku HyeSun was pretty much tied to her hotel room. Her sister ended up touring the city alone and they met up to taste Hong Kong meals together. Ku HyeSun: “I liked the fact that it was an opportunity to experience art from all over the world. But I also had great expectations about Hong Kong itself. As a child I watched all the movies about the 4 emperors and so I had high expectation for Hong Kong. But, I had to run around a lot from morning to night that I even missed some meals. I really was hoping to taste a lot of Hong Kong, but….” (laughter)
At nights, she did not have enough time to sleep either. Because of her personality to finish what she started, she brought lots of work from home! Ku HyeSun: “I do have some regret about not enjoying Hong Kong more fully but I did fully enjoy Hong Kong air and night view.” (laughter).
Ku HyeSun said that it is regrettable that her time in HK was so short but that it was a sufficiently refreshing time for her. Ku HyeSun: “Over there, I am a foreign artist. That is why I think they treated me with much more interest. Especially in the art field, they respect artists’ strong aspects. Even so, I actually feel the unconscious pressure to draw what sells when I work in Korea. But, after this art fair experience, I realized that it is best to stand by my original belief. (laughter) After taking a deep breath, I plan to open another private exhibition later.”I fill up with nature in Ulleungdo.
Not too long after returning from Hong Kong, Ku HyeSun headed for Ulleungdo. She is in the midst of preparing a documentary about life in Ulleungdo. She will conceptualize the documentary and she also will shoot an MV of her new musical composition. She even had a talk with singer Lee JangHee-ssi who took residence in Ulleungdo after retiring from singing.
Ku HyeSun even took her dogs Gamja and Chestnut (Woah! did we ever see Chestnut? or did the reporter mistake Peanut for Chestnut?? keke) as well as her cats SSam and Mango to Ulleungdo. She was hoping to get a little vacation in Ulleungdo. But, instead, she says she worked very hard in the beautiful Ulleungdo. Ku HyeSun said with regret: “I wanted to let my kids (her pets) run free and wild in Ulleungdo but I was worried about the recent surge of ticks that I could not. Fortunately, when I was there, MBC-sponsored piano concert by Paik KunWoo-ssi took place.” Titled ‘Paik KunWoo Island Village Concert’, the concert took place outdoors with the background of Candle Stick Stone and the marina giving it a romantic feel. Ku HyeSun: “It might have been difficult for Paik KunWoo-ssi to concentrate perfoming outdoors but, from the audience perspective, it was even more beautiful with the scenary. The piano music along with the sound of waves and sea gulls made it so much more lovely.”
However, during the 2 week stay in Ulleungdo, she and her staff did not have an easy time filming.
Ku HyeSun: “Ulleungdo is a volcanic island that the terrain itself is different. Flat land hardly exists and houses are located near cliff-like areas that it was hard to move around. (laughter) There would have been no problem if I went there to just rest with the family, but we went there to film and work that even acquring necessary items were a great hardship.”
It took 13 hours to get to Ulleungdo from Seoul, but it was even more difficult to get out of the island. Only one boat leaves the island per day and everything was sold out. Ku HyeSun: “We waited on line from 5 in the morning to get the boat ride.” Ku HyeSun’s voice as she said those words was filled with exhaustion. Ku HyeSun says that she totally completed her projects including editing while in Ulleungdo. We can all look forward to her MV very shortly.
Ku HyeSun has been very active with her music. Recently she came up with her third single “Amnesia” and she even worked with Seo InGuk in his come back album. She presented him with a gift of her composition, “Could We Have Been Happy”. This led to Ku HyeSun and Seo InGuk making a MV together as lovers.
I also heard some good news.
Her movie Peach Tree that opened last year was invited to Brussels International Film Festival as a competitive item. Although it did not win, she says she had a very happy time there. Not too long ago, she also gave a hand in a remodeling project of an abandoned building.
I asked her why she kept so busy during the months of May and June. Ku HyeSun just smiled and said:“It is just so fun.” She says that writing, filming, drawing and acting are her work that she cannot let go. Keeping busy enables her to share and communicate art with many different people. Through such exchange of ideas and thoughts, she is again able to create. However, she says that she feels burdened by others viewing her in a specially packaged way or as overly and aggressively hard working person. Various works are in queue for Ku HyeSun, but there is no news about her acting. Ku HyeSun says that she is working on a scenario where she will act. She says it is because I am the expert about me. I wonder from where I may hear other news about Ku HyeSun…
Photos from left: 1,3 photos in front of the hotel where the HKC took place. 2 Many fans from many different countries came and so an off-hand fan meeting took place.
Written and posted by reporter Ji HeeJin and photos by Ku HyeSun. (Ku HyeSun kept her promise and brought pix for the reporter…keke)
full translation: @cheerkoo
credit via loveghs.wordpress