Bandaji, Hangari & Jars

The objects on this picture illustrate in many ways a thematic that has been central to our work; time, as experiences through change, entropy, and permanence.

After many months stuck indoors, this corner of our house seems to be the only one that has remained undisturbed or not been overtaken by our children’s arts and craft, Boyoung’s drawings, or Emmanuel’s half-finished prototypes.

It depicts a simple Bandaji, a traditional Korean wooden chest inherited from BoYoung’s mother, on which rests a Hangari, a Korean earthenware, surrounded by two “Impossible Nature series” jars with their natural bark-covered surface.

We like the simplicity of the ensemble, the texture, the materiality, and find ourselves often caressing the patinated wood or the bark as we pass by.

It is to us a reminder of what life was before, the only corner of our little universe that remains artificially under control.

Emmanuel Wolfs and BoYoung Jung

WOLFS + JUNG is an art/design collective founded by Emmanuel Wolfs (Belgium) and BoYoung Jung (South-Korea). BoYoung and Emmanuel met while studying at the RCA in 2003 and have been working together ever since.

Their works, rather than being dictated by the choice of material or production methods, focus on translating their observations of contemporary society and culture into objects. Examples of such approach can be seen in their projects: [Nature V2.01] intended as a catalyst for the debates on the correlation between human, nature, and the industry; and [Land] exploring the individual and collective relationship to physical places and time in a hyper-connected and urbanized world.

In the summer of 2012, they relocated their practice to Seoul after 4 years of living and working in Beijing, China. Through their inquisitive journey, Emmanuel Wolfs and BoYoung Jung constantly question and reflect on their surroundings and value systems, and hope to communicate common human values and share their views on the symbolic and intangible property of objects.