Kim Byung Kyu’s work reflects the image of the person on the consumption culture and the changing daily life shown in the modern ‘daily nature’, one of the trends of modern art.
Daily life is drawing attention because of the development of science and technology, capitalism, and generalization of aesthetic things. This is because the appearance of the city center was highlighted as a place for the realization and representation of social and cultural products. By reproducing the appearance of “daily life” that is neither special nor mysterious on the streets of the city in this social atmosphere, it is intended to provide room for the daily appearance of countless people and modernity in the spaces that have been passed by individuals.
No one creates images for self-satisfaction except in very special cases. An image is ultimately created to be seen by someone. Thus, all image production work is premised on the audience.
In his work, accessories and props, which represent the costumes and products consumed by the person living in the present era, are expressed together, and through the visual meaning of the male observer, the other’s silhouette is not only typical of the consumption culture, but rather by looking at the other’s desire. In addition, popular culture that has penetrated deeply into our lives is regarded as a consumer culture. Consumption in modern society soon became a means of indicating social status or power or revealing one’s own preferences, and the problems of this consumption culture were observed and expressed.
The platform of modern people’s “life of consumption” was intended to be expressed in the work by borrowing the form of contemporary city figures. Therefore, in the work, the image of the city and the life of the city are contained in the work with the image of the character’s props coming from the direct form.