ⓒ 2014. Koh Juahn all rights reserved.
My physical complexions seem like it would forever haunt me. As time goes by, my misery towards physical complexions become dull inside me, and instead it grew into a different form. It was my desire for ‘social’ success that erupted my inferiority complex and endless agony.
Anyone can have inferiority complex and they are busy trying to hide it. Nonetheless this complex gives different outlooks to the world around us. I create compositions of personal and new vision from mocking the lack of humor and laughter of the old generation.
My works derives deeply from my early practices and personal experiences such as my cartoon-journal that I drew for 6 years, North Korean propagandas leaflets, my mother’s habitual scribbles, and street graffiti’s from the U.S. Army base, Camp Casey, that I encountered when I lived nearby the base. From those experiences, my works aims for a new imagery remixing with my personal abbreviations and slangs in Korean that I used to mock the other person in online conversation.
I intent to create works that enables my audience to let their guards down and laugh together without having to worry about hiding their complexes and agonies. I refuse to conform to the cold-hearted, the selfish, and the conservatives. I try to fight against their ideals laughing amongst my audience.
■ Koh Juahn