Hwa-Young Anna Yoo, a director of Art Angel Company
‘I created the imaginary closet. My hidden desire is uncontrollable. I feel addicted to the beautiful objects. They are so irresistible. I keep saying to myself unconsciously that it is necessary to have those objects although I already noticed that they are not fit on me.’
from Sang-Taek Oh’s note
Each individual has a different value about the material possession.
After the industrial Revolution, people enjoyed material affluence. People were considered that economic growth and an increase in possessions were sign of progress, but they became recognized about harmful side effects in daily lives. Many people became slaves of materialism and it causes the serious social issues such as self destruction, a broken family and collapsing the morality.
You might have heard about a word, ‘Shopperholic’. It was a new term to call people who became addicted to shopping to prove their existence in a daily life. But this word is not just limited to only a few people. Whenever we go to a department store for shopping, we have to pass by many stores which are displayed a luxurious daily items such as clothes, shoes and bags. Although we did not plan to purchase those items, sometimes it is hard to take off our eyes on those sophisticated and beautiful objects. We might have a tendency to be shopperholic if we don’t have a capability to control our desire.
Artists, Jenny Holzer used the catching phrase on her art work in 80th. ‘I shop, therefore I exist.’ What does that mean exactly? That means that people are lost themselves in a material world. They desperately find the way to prove themselves by shopping items that might not be necessaries. We tend to think that people are purchasing the items which represent who they are. However, we have to be aware of the big difference between understanding personal taste and defining the identities. Possessing material resources is only a part of our choice, cannot define our identity.
In (un)Necessaries, Sang-Taek creates a virtual closet with branded luxurious clothes images. He reminds him that he need all those items in his closet and put them in it nicely. Soon, he acknowledges that they are only his wishful desire and feel emptiness in his mind. Each selected attractive clothes image in a closet that Sang-Taek has taken is about 10 percent bigger than a real size and it makes viewer to experience the unfamiliar and mysterious environment.
A closet is such an intimate space in our daily lives. There are usually many secretive personal items in it. If someone asks us to show our closet, we might hesitate to show it or will reject his asking. We might feel kind of naked if we have to show our closet without any notice, because it is very relevant to showing ourselves without any protective device. On the contrary, what do you feel watching anonymous closet filled with sophisticated clothes then?
Sang-Taek does not make any conclusion in series of (un)Necessaries, but reminds us to think over fundamental issues in our lives. Especially they are are queenly relevant to ‘Desire’ which is an indispensable human nature.
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