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 INDUSTRIAL EXPRESSIONISM.


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-sideness 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-