Gregory Maass & Nayoungim

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Gregory Maass & Nayoungim
drawing showing Gregory Maass (top) and Nayoungim (bottom)
Ink drawing showing Gregory Maass (top) and Nayoungim (bottom)
Born Gregory Stephan Maass (or Maaß) and Kim Nayoung
(1967-04-29) April 29, 1967 (age 49) Hagen, Germany (Gregory Maass) and (1966 -03-13) March 13, 1966 (age 51) Seoul, South Korea (Nayoungim)

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Gregory Maass (born 29 April 1967 in Hagen, Germany) and Nayoungim (sometimes referred to as Kim Nayoung; Hangul김나영; born 13 March 1966 in Seoul, South Korea) are two artists who work together as a collaborative duo called Gregory Maass & Nayoungim. Gregory Maass & Nayoungim´s work is inspired by quite diverse sources such as philosophy, psychoanalysis,[1] cybernetics,[2] cybernetic management, economy, fringe science, science fiction, art and craft, music, comics, conspiracy theory, sub-culture,[3] and food.[4] Their art often examines issues of adaptation,[5] normality,[6] perversion,[7] and methodology.[8] They are the founders of Kim Kim Gallery, which describes itself as "a non-profit organization, locative art, an art dealership based on unconventional marketing, a curatorial approach, an exhibition design firm, and editor of rare art books, depending on the situation it adapts to; in short, it does not fit the format imposed by the term Gallery."[9][10] One rarely appears in public without the other.

Early lives[edit]

Gregory Maass was born in Hagen in North Rhine-Westphalia, northern Germany, his mother tongue being German. He worked as a paramedic before moving to Paris, France. He studied philosophy at the Paris-Sorbonne University and art at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, at the Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques (IHEAP) Paris (1993–94) and at Jan Van Eyck Academie the Netherlands (1998-2000).

Nayoungim was born in Seoul in South Korea. She studied art at the Seoul National University and later at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. The two first met on 12 September 1991 while studying sculpture at the ENSBA. The two claim they came together because they are both egomaniacs who form a symbiosis. They communicate with each other in French and English. They have claimed that they married in 2008. For several years, Gregory Maass & Nayoungim have been residents of Seoul.

Psychotic Mickey Mouse, Seoul Culture Station, 2012

Works[edit]

Their work has addressed a wide variety of subject matters including scatology,[11][12] survivalism,[13] and economy.[14] The two artists rarely appear in their own work.[15]

Mister, Relationships do not exist, 2010
Arsewipe Rocket, still life photography, Paris, 2008

Toilet Paper Still Lifes[edit]

are often life-size photographic representations on canvas of toilet paper rolls arranged on a table top. Depending on the composition the images are called “Arsewipe rocket”, "torche-cul", or “Ass-ana”.

Relationships Do Not Exist[edit]

The pair is perhaps best known for their miniature work called "Relationships Do Not Exist". This group of sculptures is one of the largest series of work created by Gregory Maass & Nayoungim. Relationships Do Not Exist is among the more iconic, philosophically astute and visually humorous works that Gregory Maass & Nayoungim have created. The title derives from the famous Jacques Lacan quote “Sexual relationships do not exist”.[16] They proceeded by choosing samples out of a wide collection of figurines ranging from the 1950s until today. In an intricate process the bodies are dismembered and reassembled, painted and mounted on empty trophy pedestals. Gregory Maass & Nayoungim call this an adaptation method: "First we cannibalize them and then they get frankensteined back together."[17]

A Snowman for Busan[edit]

is a public art work installed in Busan, a town where it hardly ever snows. It is a chromed steel snowman placed on a rooftop water tower of a local kindergarten. [18][19]

Mona Lisa Overdrive[edit]

is a public art work, first installed in front of the Seoul Railway Station in 2008. It is made of rubber, toys, foam mattresses and steel frames, and sprayed over with expansion foam. The entire construction is painted with a collection of surplus paints. The face of the sculpture depicts the past, present, and future of the city of Seoul.[20]

Interviews[edit]

  • Video interview with Gregory Maass & Nayoungim in their show "The Early Worm",[21][22]
  • "Octavianus", a video interview with Gregory Maass and Yiso Bahc.[23][24]
  • "Pièce Unique", an Interview with Gregory Maass about the art of Robert Estermann. [25]

Shows[edit]

Tears Of Boredom[edit]

"...he spent most of his first few years at art school working with peanuts and taking images of vegetable constructions. He even passed a morphology test with a massive plaster peanut, which he could barely lift onto the exam table."

Nayoungim about Gregory Maass, Tränen vor Langeweile, 1991[26]

Gregory Maass´ first solo-show entitled "Tears of Boredom" (the original German title is "Tränen vor Langeweile"),[27] was held in 1991 in Hagen, Germany. It consisted of a tautological representation of peanuts. Large scale peanut butter paintings representing peanuts, black and white photographs of peanuts, and an installation of peanuts positioned in tensegrity were on display.

The Early Worm Catches The Bird[edit]

duo-show was about different kinds of possible success in art, be it fame and glory, money and power, or the desired result of an attempt.[3] The title derives from Genesis P-Orridge´s first recording with Worm. "In the summer of 1968, Worm recorded their first and only album, entitled Early Worm, in Megson's parents attic in Solihull. It was pressed onto vinyl in November at Deroy Sound Services in Manchester, but only one copy was ever produced. A second album, Catching the Bird, was recorded but never pressed."[28][29]

The Handsome Tofu[edit]

"Tofu incorporates the meaning of mildness, nutritiousness, purity, shaped shapelessness, tasteful tastelessness, crème de la crème, exclusiveness, peacefulness and so on, which were the inspiration to build this show."[30] It took place at the Department for Philosophy and Art in Assen, Netherlands. [31]

Survival of the Shitest[edit]

was a show realized with the help of mentally ill patients in the 3bisF Contemporary Art Space in Aix-en-Provence, France, which is located inside the walls of a psychiatric ward. It included works such as "This is punk" and "Hunter S. Thompson´s mirror shades".[32][33]

Awards and Scholarships[edit]

  • Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques Paris (1993–94)
  • Jan Van Eyck Academie the Netherlands. (1998-2000)
  • Atelier Rondo, Kultur Service Gesellschaft Steiermark, Graz, Austria (2008)
  • United Sardine Factory Studio Grant, Bergen, Norway (2007)
  • NKD, Studio Grant, Dale, Norway (2006)
  • Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder Studio Grant, Trondheim, Norway (2006)
  • Cite Internationale des Arts, AFAA Studio Grant, Paris, France, (2004)
  • Boswil Artists’ House Foundation Studio Grant, Boswil, Switzerland
  • Korean Film Commission Grant, Seoul, Korea, 2002
  • Samsung Unni Atelier, Samsung Culture & Arts Foundation Studio Grant, Seoul, Korea (2001)
  • Parc St.-Leger Centre d'Art Contemporain Studio Grant, Pougues-les-eaux, France (2000)
  • Joseph Ebstein Price For Sculpture, Paris, France (1997)

Influences[edit]

Gregory Maass claims to be influenced in his thinking by Robert Filliou´s "Principle Of Equivalence", which states that (Well done, Badly done, Not done) are three equivalent assumptions,[34] and the writings of Philip K. Dick.[35][36][37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sexual relationship - No Subject - Encyclopedia of Lacanian Psychoanalysis - Encyclopedia of Lacanian Psychoanalysis". No Subject. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  2. ^ "The Purpose Of the System is What it Does". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  3. ^ a b "korean artist Nayoungim, Gregory Maass's SANBOKDORO PUBLIC ART PROJECT – View artworks". Akive.org (in (Korean)). Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  4. ^ "vegetable still lifes". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  5. ^ "Acceptance". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  6. ^ "work hard and be nice to people: extremely neutral에 대한 검색결과". Nayoungim-maass.blogspot.kr. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Use your noodle!". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  8. ^ "Sockdrier". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Clemens Krümmel: It all. Indefinite article". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Kim Kim Gallery". Kim Kim Gallery. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Mr. Blackball : gregory s. maass nayoungim". Designers Party. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  12. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Kimkimgallery.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  13. ^ "work hard and be nice to people: survival of the shitest에 대한 검색결과". Nayoungim-maass.blogspot.kr. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  14. ^ "The Heart of Enterprise". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  15. ^ "work hard and be nice to people: extremely neutral에 대한 검색결과". Nayoungim-maass.blogspot.kr. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  16. ^ Jacques Lacan, Seminar XVII|Le Séminaire. Livre XVII. L'envers de la psychanalyse, 1969-70. Ed. Jacques-Alain Miller. Paris: Seuil, 1991: 134
  17. ^ "work hard and be nice to people: Relationships do not exist". Nayoungim-maass.blogspot.kr. 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  18. ^ "Snowman for Busan". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  19. ^ "korean artist Nayoungim, Gregory Maass's SANBOKDORO PUBLIC ART PROJECT – View artworks". Akive.org (in (Korean)). Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  20. ^ "like no one님의 이글루 : 서울역앞 뒷모습이 예쁜 그녀". Likenoone.egloos.com (in (Korean)). Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  21. ^ "Gregory Maass and Nayoungim: the early worm an interview". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  23. ^ "Bahc Yiso | Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea". Marquandbooks.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  24. ^ "Gregory Maass and Yiso Bahc a.k.a. Mo Bahc: Octavianus an Interview". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  25. ^ "Interview with Gregory Maass about the work of Robert Estermann". Kimkimgallery.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  26. ^ "work hard and be nice to people: Tears of Boredom / Tränen vor Langeweile". Nayoungim-maass.blogspot.kr. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  27. ^ 작성자. "Kim Kim Press: Family Album". Causticwindowpublisher.blogspot.kr. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  28. ^ Ford, Simon (1999). Wreckers of Civilisation: The Story of COUM Transmissions & Throbbing Gristle. Black Dog Publishing. ISBN 978-1-901033-60-1.
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  30. ^ "The Handsome Tofu, defka, Assen, NL, 2007/ gregory s. maass nayoungim". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  31. ^ "DeFKa » Department for Philosophy and Art". Defka.nl. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  32. ^ "Survival of the Shitest". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  33. ^ "work hard and be nice to people: SURVIVAL OF THE SHITEST". Nayoungim-maass.blogspot.kr. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  34. ^ "Robert Filliou / Telepathic Music N°7 - The Principle of Equivalence Carried to a Series of 5". Newmedia-art.org. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  35. ^ "Sytze Steenstra, Warped Flow Gadget / Gregory Maass & Nayoungim". Nayoungim-maass.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  36. ^ "Claudia Pestana: Re-veiling and Resistance to Understanding". Kimkimgallery.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  37. ^ Unfucking Real, Gregory Maass & Nayoungim, Works 2009 -2012, Claudia Pestana, p-89-96

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