An Alien Landscape from the Window
19 Nov 2020
Clear air, born from the trees, the land. White steam that murmurs from a kitchen. Plants that sprout from the earth, and flowers floating in a vase. The pigments in the sky at sunset, primary colors in an LCD TV.
Human lives and nature are tethered at the window, where a multitude of colors merge and mingle. From Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, and one realm of the imagination–––––these are multicolored stories about windows written and painted by Korean watercolor artist Byun Young Geun.
A few years ago, I travelled to Ladakh in India. Iʼll never forget the views of a lake I encountered there. Across from the windows of my lodgings, the sky reflected back on the waterʼs surface. Iʼd watch the impressions of clouds swaying in the breeze. From one big window, you could see the moon climbing the sky at dusk. The sight of a sky dyed pink and yellow. They still linger in my memory today.
Byun Young Geun
Korean watercolor artist, illustrator, and graphic novelist. Currently based in Tokyo, Young Geun continues to produce illustrations for numerous publications, including book and CD cover art. Every year since 2013, Young Geun has released a graphic novel within which his unique perspective captures the existence of our everyday, enveloped by the cities and natural world around us. Utilising the techniques of a graphic novel, these stories develop without a single word, using only illustration.