image: Jinju Lee
Goodbye to Love
Conversation of all those whose lips are sealed
Featuring works by Hyesoo Park, Lee Jinju and James Webb, the exhibition Goodbye to Love addresses the ways in which we have become lost in our worlds, drifting with our memories, searching for anchors, dealing with loneliness and aching for comfort.
For years, the Korean artist Hyesoo Park (Seoul, KR, 1974), has been exploring the complex opposition Koreans feel between on the one hand the pressures of making a career and gaining respectability and on the other hand having a fulfilling personal life. Park’s work often deals with emotions, and especially the masking of them. The exhibition will show her work Our Joyful Young Days (2022) in which the artist interviews retired factory workers about their first loves. For Marres, Hyesoo Park is currently preparing a new installation work consisting of stories, memorabilia, and filmed interviews about love, harvested in the Limburg region. For this purpose, she developed the website goodbye2love.com where you can share your story or memoribilia.
The paintings by Jinju Lee (Busan, KR, 1980) focus on the residue of negative emotions that constantly resurface in everyday life. They feature encapsulated memories, floating islands, and introverted landscapes inhabited by solitary figures who are both poignant and unsettling. What is moving these people, what is the loss they seem to be contemplating, what their memory and the littered objects around them? The paintings’ rich detail and heavy atmosphere trigger a sense of quiet alarm: what are we to do when the stuff dreams are made of become our everyday reality?
James Webb (Kimberly, SA, 1975) installs a series of artworks that serve as musings on our outer and inner environments. A strange bird in the garden reminds us of our fragile sense of belonging, texts dissolved in glass bottles make us contemplate the nature of love, and a voice poses questions to a mirror prompting us to reconsider all that we see and feel, to retrace our steps in Marres and create a new mapping.
Goodbye to Love is part of a series of projects exploring the place of emotions, physical interaction and intimacy in our current society. Previous exhibitions in this series were Intimacy (2015) and Museum Motus Mori (2019).
Festive opening on September 30.