GARAT: GARAGE +ART
GARAT is the INDUSTRIAL EXPRESSIONISM ART GROUP created by
artist D Hwang in a garage making custom bikes for the past 4 years (2003~2007).
The artist D Hwang’s work starts with the observation of the ironic attitude
people have towards machine civilization. Inside the people who praise digital and flowers,
he reads people’s fear against machine and their longing for nature. Machine civilization,
which was started by the industrial revolution in the 20th century, has caused a radical and
fierce change to mankind incomparable to anything else, and while people released their
desires though machine, now it has become a threat to both human beings and the planet
they inhabit. But, the artist does not separate himself from machine, and before he poses
any neither positive nor negative views towards it, he shows his personal narration as a person
who has lived through those times. The artist finds himself through the beauty and purity from
the dark, cold machines, and the rusty, abandoned factories. In other words, instead of the
losing of the artist’s soul from mechanization, it is absorbed to his soul to return back to nature.
This is the self portrait of a mutant being who needs not of machines, the nostalgia of the lost
analog, and the process of discovering beauty from the twisted appearance of people.
The certainty that machine is in fact part of nature, this is what the artist claims as
GS SERIES ; METAL WORKS
The GS series has a somewhat rebellious motivation to it. Here in Korea, where the artist has
worked as custom bike builder but had to give it up as they are considered illegal alterations,
he deals with the tragic destinies of the machinery turn fine art works stripped of their purpose.
These are two-wheeled monsters, as even thought hey are not allowed to ride anymore, they are
in fact given infinite freedom of creativity. The GS series shouts against Korea’s exclusive cultural
one-sidedness with the crippled beast’s sorrow, and for that reason, the artist names it as
“特功美術突擊隊(SPACIAL FINE ART RAIDERS)”. It is our hope that these searches
will continue throughout the GS series.
2008, Z Lee-