Ham Myung Su's intricate works formed with loosely gathered brushstrokes, constantly move through the painting, perhaps to insinuate a nature and society that is in constant flux, consciously creating a distorted cityscape to present a world that is fast changing before our eyes can define or fully grasp its subject and environment. The swirls of his brushstrokes take different speed in these three Cityscapes, as he characterizes the motion of his paintbrush with the dynamism of the scenery. Ham exploits the use of brushstroke to regulate composition, subject matter and concept to develop a sublime drama; he chooses to build tonal value by mingling and fusing raw paint colours in thin, diligently stacked brushstrokes to generate a shimmering sense of ripples of mixed colours. The intricate twining of lines further complicates his landscape by evoking a sense of stillness and motion as we look back and forth to view a pixel-like colour layer projected over the landscape.
Ham captures a snapshot angle of three cityscapes that are adjusted in the most banal postcard-like composition, animating the picture plane into vibrant, textured, sensual reality. Focusing from an aerial view, Cityscape exudes unlike atmospheres; Cityscape (Lot 1546) is hectic with strings of shaky multicolored silhouettes, gleaming night lights of the vigorous city. The sleepless city is gestured through the hurried brushstrokes and conflicting colors moving in large twirls with splatters of green-yellow breaking up its complex, systematic yet uninhibited movement of knitted composition. In Cityscape (Lot 1547), the brushstrokes are aligned in orderly form of linear and horizontal configuration together with a subdued color palette wherein each line builds subtle tonal value to characterize an undisturbed atmosphere of an urban street. Investigating closer inside the city, the alleyway in Cityscape (Lot 1548), Ham knowingly utilizes paint to its maximum saturation and purity to an almost hallucinatory effect. The color palette here is not fused, and rather subdued into a warm monotone palette. The diligently stacked brush strokes take a tactile, wooly effect, heightening the heat of the peering sunshine, composing the environment in overall tranquility as Ham continuously strive to exaggerate reality, constantly envisioning a world outside of his direct surroundings and contemplating the marginal aspects of everyday life.