ART ISSUE #22

 

Ken Hohing

 

Destructed Memory Series, 2014

Environmental image destruction and its effects on photographs as memory re-enforcers.
High Resolution digital scans of 35 mm transparency film taken in Korea in 1975 and “edited” by mold intrusion in 2012 following the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy.

20″ X 24″ Di-Coupler prints on aluminum.

All images “Untitled”.

 

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Artist Statement:

The Destructed Memory series represents an analogy for the aging of memories. Photographs have traditionally served as conformation of our memories but assumptions must be made that any given “picture” truly represents fact or evidence that supports any particular version of past events. This assumption is however, debatable.

The yellowing and cracking of old heirloom photos from atmosphere and handling can act as a patina that is not unlike the patina the mind casts over our memories. Fact becomes irrelevant in the story-telling process as our versions are handed down through the generations. The fading of photographic detail reflects more vividly the fading of our ability or even desire to remember past events in accurate detail. The “versions” are ours. We own the right to construct and deconstruct as we wish.

These images represent memories that have become deconstructed over time. The flooding effects of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 served to “organically” edit, via mold deterioration, the original 35mm transparencies. The images documented the inhabitants and surrounding farmlands of Okku Silvertown, (aka America Town) in Kunsan, South Korea in 1975. “A-Town” was one of hundreds of tiny walled off and gated “camp towns” sanctioned by the U.S. Armed Forces and South Korean government. Their sole purpose was to “patriotically” provide bars, restaurants, tailor shops, and most specifically, prostitution, for U.S. military soldiers. In 2010 “A-Town” was re-named “International Culture Ville” and prostitution was made illegal.

 

Ken Hohing

Ken Hohing’s photography has been widely exhibited both in the United States and abroad.  His work represents a continuing desire to investigate many societal taboos associated with human behavior and our ever-increasing disconnect from nature.

He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University Camden, where he teaches the Photography program and leads International Studies tours abroad.

Hohing is a graduate of Rutgers University, Department of Fine Arts where he specialized in photography and printmaking.  He also studied visual sociology and photo design at the Johann Wolfgang Geothe University in Frankfurt and the Gasamthochschule in Kassel, Germany.

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