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Kim Beom turns screaming into painting

by | 14th, December 2012

kim beom Kim Beom turns screaming into painting

YELLOW Scream is the work of South Korean artist Kim Beom. This video features Beom screaming at yellow paint. You can see it at the Walker Art Center in 2013.

Says Kim:

“The technique to this painting is to incorporate the sound of screams into the brush strokes…A brush stroke done with screaming is very different from a normal one. … The effect of the screams is recorded with the brush strokes…Aaaaaaaaagh!… 

He has tips:

“Now relax and try to feel your breathing, because screaming is part of breathing… a long scream that sounds like when you’re hurt, as if someone yanked your arm behind you or pulled you by the hair.”

Having considered other screams (waking up with Noel Edmonds;  “a scream induced by psychological pain”; “a more pained, wronged, and regretful scream”), he concludes:

“Let’s mix a bit of permanent green and add some refreshing hope and pleasure to the screams of joy.” 

Got that?

The technique to this painting is to incorporate the sound of screams into the brush strokes,” states the narrator in Kim Beom’s video Yellow Scream (2012). “A brush stroke done with screaming is very different from a normal one. … The effect of the screams is recorded with the brush strokes.” He then dips his brush in a dab of lemon yellow paint, leans into the canvas, and lets out an anguished wail as he makes his first stroke: “Aaaaaaaaagh!”

Inspired by Bob Ross–style instructional television programs, the Seoul-based artist says “the theme of this video is the existential nature of contemporary art (and culture) as well as of artists.” Characteristic of Beom’s deadpan humor, the narrator’s demonstration shows how to apply paint while engaged in “a long scream that sounds like when you’re hurt”; “a scream induced by psychological pain”; and “a more pained, wronged, and regretful scream.” Nearing the painting’s completion, he advises, “Let’s mix a bit of permanent green and add some refreshing hope and pleasure to the screams of joy.” The final work, the instructor states, achieves a symphonic melding of color and emotion—a “clear, resonating chorus” of yellow.

DIY enthusiasts watch and learn:

The longer video:

Spotter: Kottke



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