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Kahn Parade 2019 - Kahn Show: The Natural Variety

Kahn Parade 2019
Kahn Show: The Natural Variety
curated by Myeonghwan Shin, Chang-Chang Yoo

'Kahn Parade' started from an alternative space Art Space Hue in Paju in 2015. In 'Kahn Parade,' ‘Kahn’ is one of the representative characteristics in cartoon and is always used when unfolding the story. ‘Kahn’ is also a unit when counting the number of area in architecture. In English, ‘Kahn’ is a unit for amount of nuclear material. It also is equivalent to 10,000 Mega Tons. That said, 'Kahn Parade' is a small but highly potential artists who are building their ‘Kahn’.

Myeonghwan Shin - The natural 'Kahn' / Variety
The natural 'Kahn'
Kahn’, which exemplifies one of the most popular visual genre of cartoons, embodies many experiences, stories in the imagination and landscape of time. In 2018 as well, it has been mentioned that there is ‘Kahn’ in every soul. ‘Kahn’ reminds of a ‘rectangle’ shape in terms of a geometry, but actually is a collection of colorful stories. ‘Kahn’ has said that ‘Rather than the meaning of a shape, it is a sum of the events and time inside them’. ‘Kahn’ existed long before the cartoon ‘Kahn’. As a genre of cartoons came out, the story is divided into time and scenes. We called these frames ‘Kahn’. ‘Kahn’ was born like this from the beginning. It has been a little over 170 years since a drawing, under the name of cartoon, was posted in the ‘Punch’ Magazine in England in 1841. However, ‘talents’ that were meant to be told as cartoon existed far before. The talents which were categorized as either drawings or stories fused together through printing techniques. This gave the birth to cartoon, which is made of stories and pictures. The development of printing techniques, which is essentially cloning technology, grew more sophisticated thanks to IT. Today, music and media technology together help to directly communicate with the public. It has changed an era which only artists performed art, to an era in which anyone can perform art. This means an end to the era which cartoon could be drawn and publicized through printing technology and media. When cartoon was first delivered to the public, its properties of printing and cloning arts involved timely fashion and economically feasibility. Therefore, ‘black lines’ were emphasized to express quickly and simply. The division of ‘Kahn’ and the line sin the bubble, which is also in the ‘Kahn’, have become a symbolic characteristics of cartoon. However, cartoons have far too many talents to limit the characteristics such as simple lines. So we will talk about cartoons other than well known devices such as ‘kahn’, ‘bubbles’ and ‘black lines’. As mentioned before, the development of printing led to the cloning of any material or techniques. Media technology allow beyond simple reproduction of the original: devices can have interactive communication to complete the process. Cartoon is a genre that absorbs and expands genre characteristics and technologies as it is coming out of the fixed stereotype. However, as it is recognized as a popular genre with public interest, the expansion tends to be recognized as industrally only.

Variety
‘The Natural Variety’ therefore has a unique story telling in the visual art genre. We intend to exhibit various arts with excellent art and language. The works of the artists in the exhibition can be each categorized ‘Kahn’, and the ‘Kahn’ will be individual performance in the stage expressed with their cartoon talents. Min-ho Kwon, Ram Han, Gwang-soo Park, Soon-chan Park, Kyu-tae Shim, Dae-seop Shim, OMSICK COMICS, Youn-sik Woo, Jeong-su Woo, Chang-chang Yoo, Sang-yoon Yoon, Woo-sung Lee, U-in Lee, Yoon-hee Lee, Eun-sae Lee, Il-ju Lee, Jae-ok Lee, Jang Pa, Hyun-sun Jeon, Hyun-sun Jeon, moon-ki Cho, Ji-wook Choi, Min-seok Ha, VCRWORKS. The 23 team's ‘Kahn’ will be on some will be performed as dances on stage, some ‘Kahn’ will be differentiated, some ‘Kahn’ will enact their everyday routine, and some ‘Kahn’ will be singing. In a single location, the show will exhibit various scenes of ‘Kahn’ will exhibit their talents. Their talents will ask the question of ‘what is cartoon’, or sometimes they won’t be related to cartoons. The word ‘Cartoonish’ carries a stereotype, but it may be different in the ‘The Natural Variety’. The audience will be able to think about the cartoon components within ‘The Natural Variety’. Aside from love for visual, we have preparing in hopes that the audience will be able to hear the stories of the artists. We hope that the audience will enjoy the variety show of each talented ‘Kahn’. We also expect YOU to show your talents at the ‘Kahn’ Variety.

Chang-Chang Yoo
1) Every 'Kahn Parade' that I conduct, I think to myself, ‘I hope this exhibition will be fun’ It’s my small wish to have as many people as possible come and stay as long as possible.
2) The keyword for today's popular art is “story telling”. Cartoon genre is based on storytelling. Cartoon has been friendly to the public's needs, and never disobeyed. Well... While it’s a good thing, it’s also worrying. It feels like the cousin brother who had to go out and bring home the bread even before realizing what his talents were.
3) ‘Kahn Parade 2019 ’ Exhibition wishes to illustrate many ways of communications to stimulate the natural talents of cartoon, which is also one of the main public arts. 
This is because we want to introduce more ways of telling the story of comics to readers and visitors, and to encourage more attention.
4) Natural talent refers to the variety of absorption and scalability of a cartoon. Variety of absorption and scalability?! What if the imbalance become more hard and inflated for balance! Earning surprise for every season!!! (Optimistically, let's say)
5) Derived from an Italian word ‘Canzone’, which means popular music, our title became ‘Kahn Show’. Choosing storytelling as a keyword, we have requested the artists in various genres to have the role as director, actor, singer, dancer, or performer.
6) We hope that you will enjoy ‘Kahn Show’, the variety cartoon show. We sincerely wish that you will be able to rediscover the power of the cartoon genre. 

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Artist

Various Artists

Date

Dec 06 - Dec 22, 2019

Contact

ujeongguk@gmail.com

Photos

Installation view of Kahn Parade 2019 - Kahn Show: The Natural Variety

Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul

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Installation view of Kahn Parade 2019 - Kahn Show: The Natural Variety

Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul

Artworks

Daeseop Sim > <

Hearts of Fallen Leaves - 1

Hearts of Fallen Leaves - 2

Hearts of Fallen Leaves - 3

Hearts of Fallen Leaves - 4

Hearts of Fallen Leaves

Rock No One Else Saw

Rock No One Else Saw

Eunsae Lee > <

Memorial Fountain

Gwangsoo Park > <

Disappeared in the Forest

Hyunsun Jeon > <

Leaning Omnibus

Ilju Lee > <

CASTLE - 1

CASTLE - 2

CASTLE - 3

CASTLE - 4

CASTLE - 5

OMSCIC COMICS > <

Four Panel Comic Strips No.100

Four Panel Comic Strips No.100

Four Panel Comic Strips No.100

Four Panel Comic Strips No.100

Four Panel Comic Strips No.100

Daeseop Sim > <

Hearts of Fallen Leaves - 1

Hearts of Fallen Leaves - 2

Hearts of Fallen Leaves - 3

Hearts of Fallen Leaves - 4

Hearts of Fallen Leaves

Rock No One Else Saw

Rock No One Else Saw

Eunsae Lee > <

Memorial Fountain

Gwangsoo Park > <

Disappeared in the Forest

Hyunsun Jeon > <

Leaning Omnibus

Ilju Lee > <

CASTLE - 1

CASTLE - 2

CASTLE - 3

CASTLE - 4

CASTLE - 5

OMSCIC COMICS > <

Four Panel Comic Strips No.100

Four Panel Comic Strips No.100

Four Panel Comic Strips No.100

Four Panel Comic Strips No.100

Four Panel Comic Strips No.100

Artists

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