About The Work
Hiroshi Kobayashi depicts dolls that freely occupy a space using layers with the same color in pixel form, the minimum unit of a digital image. For this, he takes a photograph with a strong illumination that can maximize the contrast, recombines the images in a computer, and then transforms them into a painting. This can also be explained as a process that materializes an image virtually created by light into layers. The materialized layers reproduce the artist’s experiences and memories of his daily life and childhood in the form of dolls that play in a musical-like, dramatic situation. If a spirit and material can be coincided, it would be done through this process, a process in which an image is materialized, and material is re-conceptualized.
ARTSIDE Gallery was founded in 1999 in Seoul with a practical motto: ‘art is an endless centralisation of margins.’ It has since introduced Korean art to international art circles, promoting Korean artists globally and, at the same time, has introduced international art to Korean art circles. In 2001, it presented avant-garde artists from China in Korea for the first time. In 2008, it opened ARTSIDE Gallery Beijing in the Dashanzi Art District in China and established itself as a link between Asia, Europe and the Americas.