“Promise. A declaration that one will do a particular thing or that guarantees that a particular thing will happen, or not anymore. The quality of potential excellence. Display. Make a prominent exhibition of something in a place where it can easily be seen. Being put on show. Reputation. Beliefs or opinions generally held about someone or something. A widespread belief that someone or something has a particular habit or characteristic. Stranded. Left without resources. Rehabilitation. Restore to former privileges or reputation after a period of critical or official disfavor. Re-made able.
Promise, display, reputation, stranded, rehabilitation. The worlds these words can carry. Leaving aside the varnish of symbolic and projected meaning, why not take things as they have become? In their fuller range. Promise, display, reputation, stranded, rehabilitation. An ever more versatile set of recurring conditions. Applicable to these, they, us and that. One can wonder where it is at now and how these, they, us and that are doing. […] ”
Soft Self presents a series of paintings by Noah Ryu (°1984, South Korea) that take an interest in the assimilation of anthropological and technological interfaces. In trying to grapple with inter- and trans-human connections, and the concurring im/possibilities of desired access to an observed situation, Ryu suffuses his paintings with imaginary adjustments. Staying close to a regime of (future) probability, the depicted scenes become scenes of modest science and social fiction. As such, the paintings convey a feeling of gentle outlandishness.