Kim Jong Phil
Phillip Toledano (England)

Kim Jong Phil

15 – 26 February 2012
10am – 10pm
ION Art Gallery, Level 4, ION Orchard
Admission is free

World Premiere / Co-presented with ION Orchard

"I think a great deal about what it means to be an artist."

"I reflect on the elaborate psychological mechanisms required to pursue something so elusive, so ambiguous."

"I often wonder: ‘Am I talking to myself?’ "

"I don’t make work for other people, but as an artist, I need to be in dialogue with the world that exists beyond my overpopulated cranium."

"I’ve concluded that to be effective-to be functional-I must guzzle an eye-popping cocktail of delusion and narcissism."

"It occurred to me that being an artist is a great deal like being a dictator."

"Just like a dictator, I must live in a closed loop of self-delusion. A place where my words and ideas always ring true."

"A gilded daydream of grandiosity. There can be no room for doubt. I must be convinced that I have something vital to say."

"I must believe that the world is waiting in keen anticipation to hear my message."

"For my palette, I’ve copied pre-existing dictatorial art. Paintings from North Korea, statues of assorted dictators (Kim Il Sung, Laurent Kabilla, and Saddam Hussein). I had these works re-created in China, and each instance, I’ve replaced the great leaders with myself."

- Phillip Toledano

Relationship to Art & Faith

Kim Jong Phil is about self delusion, which is of course a form of faith in the intangible.

Photo credits: Phillip Toledano