Private Project

The Memory of San Francisco

The city of San Francisco, where I lived for three years during my MFA study, is recalled in my memory as a ‘virtual existence’, including, among other things; steep hills, Victorian style houses, the Bay Bridge, a bohemian spirit, and unpredictable foggy weather. In the video, the image of the city is constant status of becoming, from an abstract painting to a figurative painting to real film footage. The Memory of San Francisco (10 min 25sec) is the third Documentation Art piece created from the process of Bunche painting. I painted The Memory of San Francisco (Bunche on Korean paper, 46 x 61 cm, 2014), and the Documentation Art piece The Memory of San Francisco was created from 1,030 digital photographs which captured the development of the painting’s process. In addition, I filmed the action of painting, and the painting materials, with a digital camera, and added video clips and San Francisco city video footage to the Documentation Art video. This video shows more of the complexity of the process of painting, rather than revealing chronological multiple layers. In addition, I applied music from two different traditions - Korean Gayagum and Piano - to the Documentation video art.

  • Hyeyoung Maeng
  • Hyeyoung Maeng
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Other
  • Runtime:
    10 hours 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2014
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Director Biography - Hyeyoung Maeng

Hyeyoung was born in South Korea, and earned a PhD degree in Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. Her PhD research investigates the boundaries between painting and film, and explores the potentiality of digital documentation of the process of Korean Bunche painting as an independent fine art piece from the final stage of the painting. This practice also re-invent French philosopher Gilles Deleuze's theory of art as Transcendental Realism.

Hyeyoung earned a BFA and an MFA in Korean painting at Kyung Hee University, South Korea. After 10 years working experience as a practicing artist, she came to San Francisco in 2010 to study contemporary art at the San Francisco Art Institute. This trans-cultural experience led her to develop a new way of seeing everyday life, not through fixed identity and pre-existing categories, but rather infused with the notion of differenciation, and in search of truths as a process.

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