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G-Dragon’s world: PEACEMINUSONE

By Won Ho-jung

  • Published : Jun 8, 2015 - 16:08
  • Updated : Jun 8, 2015 - 16:08

Big Bang leader G-Dragon is crossing boundaries of art with the exhibition “PEACEMINUSONE: Beyond the Stage” at the Seoul Museum of Art.

The exhibition was designed to reflect G-Dragon’s ideas on culture -- encompassing not only pop music but also fashion and design -- through modern art.

G-Dragon poses in front of “(Deep Sigh) Untelevisited, Revolution on Wheels” by Bang & Lee at “PEACEMINUSONE: Beyond the Stage” (YG Entertainment)

G-Dragon communicated with the exhibition’s 14 participating artists over the past year to complete the selection.

He personally helped to create the pieces in the first and last parts of the exhibition -- the “(Non)Fiction Museum” together with artist group Fabrikr, and “Room No.8” with interactive media artist Zizizik of Silo Lab.

The other work displayed includes installations, sculptures, photography, and paintings.

G-Dragon answers questions for press at the Seoul Museum of Art, Monday. (YG Entertainment)

“Through my experiences working with other artists in my music, I’ve seen how great that synergy can be. So with that as my base, I wanted to work with artists in modern visual art to create an exhibition that would cross between pop culture and modern art,” G-Dragon said at a press conference at SeMA on Monday.

“I hope that the exhibition will also be an opportunity to introduce some great artists, and for people who have found art difficult in the past to feel more comfortable with art,” he said.

Part of the “(Non)Fiction Museum” by G-Dragon and Fabrikr, filled with handmade objects, G-Dragon’s personal belongings and stage costumes, objects from G-Dragon’s music videos, and more (YG Entertainment)

“I just like beautiful things,” he continued. “Whether it’s clothes, girls, music. I just feel good when I see beautiful things, and that’s where this exhibition started. I had a great time, and I hope everyone who comes to the exhibition will enjoy themselves as well.”

G-Dragon said that his interest in art has influenced his music as well. “For example, I used a feeling I got from Francis Bacon’s work in ’Bae Bae,‘” he said.

The name “PEACEMINUSONE” refers to the world envisioned by G-Dragon. In this world, the ideal is “PEACE,” but in reality there is something missing (MINUS), and ideal and reality collide into “ONE.”

“It’s something I feel in my everyday life,” he said. There’s the image I have onstage, and the image I have offstage. Some people might think of me as being very glamorous, but there are also times when I feel very empty, when I’m alone. Everyone has two sides, and that’s what ‘peaceminusone’ is about.“

“PEACEMINUSONE: Beyond the Stage,” sponsored by AirBnB, will run from June 9 to Aug. 23 at the Seoul Museum of Art. For more information, visit the official website at peaceminusone.modoo.at.

By Won Ho-jung (hjwon@heraldcorp.com)

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