Kim Beom, Yellow Scream (2012)
"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.
Yellow Scream is screened in its entirety exclusively on the Walker Channel from December 6--20, 2012. It will be presented on-site at the Walker in early 2013.