Daehyun Kim’s Monochromatic Drawings of Surreal Situations
There’s something about monochromatic media that’s pleasing to the eye. Whether it’s a film, a photograph, or even a drawing, I believe the absence of color reminds us of times gone by that perhaps we never experienced. The art of Daehyun Kim, a Korean artist based in Seoul, happens to fit into that category of inducing eeriness by its simplistic design and lack of color. His creations all form part of a single life-long series and are definite examples of masterful minimalism.
According to the artist himself, his drawings are made only by using black ink on white material, choices that he assures are devoid of convoluted meaning–he simply likes black, like other people. His explanation for the continued use of motifs in his artwork is also quite mundane, stating that he draws based on his thoughts and feelings at the moment. Another peculiar anecdote is that Kim portrays the people in his drawings as having no facial expressions or gender, all choices made to emphasize their gestures and make the viewer a neutral observer instead of a friend or enemy.
Kim’s art might seem a bit daunting or even perplexing at first, but if you take into consideration the simplicity of the artist’s intent when creating the pieces, then you’ll be able to enjoy the experience a lot more. Maybe getting lost with the monochromatic humans in all those strange worlds will be easier once you accept that some things don’t require an explanation.