If classical art focused on historical events and their influence, modern art expresses the artist’s own mind and perspectives. It explores the self and the universe, tries one experiment after another, then returns to simplicity over extravagance. The essence is concentrated down to basic elements such as dots, lines, and planes. Though we try to interpret them, these arts are difficult to understand. They are not the most accessible type of arts, but their resonance is wide and deep. They give us the space to breathe and appeal to our senses.
The trend of focusing on dots, lines, and planes have expanded to devices. While the devices’ functions may be converged in diverse ways that cannot be presumed in advance, the shapes will become more defined, discarding excess and showing what people want to see. The technology that highlights this evolution of form is OLED. I would like to interpret OLED in terms of dots, lines, and planes, the elements of modern art that converge with device designs.
Millions of Dots Come Alive
Artist Whanki Kim is a pioneer of contemporary abstract art in Korea, known for his dotted painting style that forms shapes with millions of dots. Among his artworks, the red dotted painting from 1972 was sold for approximately USD 8 Million at a Hong Kong auction, the highest sales record for a Korean artist. During his life in New York, Kim would add dots to the painting whenever he missed someone from Korea. After learning this backstory, each point displays different shapes and darkness, making them look poetically rhythmic.
“Everything starts from a dot.” These words from Kandinsky, “the father of abstract art”, reflect how dots concentrate and create energy, forming the essence of what cannot be seen. Such a philosophical approach can also be applied to scientific devices. The display screen we see is also an aggregate of millions of dots called pixels. As for LCD, these dots required a separate backlight to emit light. But OLED shows images through tens of millions of self-illuminating dots. Because each pixel emits light on its own, the color of images come alive. This is a revolution in terms of display technology. No other technology can implement the level of vivid display as self-illuminating pixels of OLED. Just like an aggregation of countless stars, each pixel is “alive” in OLED.
No More Cumbersome Lines
In classical art, lines were sketched first then colors were added along those boundaries to complete paintings. Artists started and defined their works through their direct intervention of lines. However, in modern art, lines are not always necessary. Sometimes, objects are placed by themselves without any linear boundaries. Without the borders, it’s easier to access the core of the message.
On devices, the bezel and the thickness are the lines. These parts aren’t related to displaying images. They have continued to be eliminated. It’s not only aesthetically better to remove the rough physical edges, but it’s also more effective for presenting the display by itself. OLED broke another record in this aspect. OLED made it possible to view images with only a 1mm panel display. Because the self-illuminating quality didn’t require a separate backlight unit, just one sheet of glass was enough to produce the screen. It was as thin as paper and could be mounted on a wall, giving rise to the name “Wallpaper OLED”. The thick borders disappeared to allow more natural immersion into the images.
Planes that Demonstrate the Essence
Vincent van Gogh, a master of modern art, poured his deepest insight into his artwork. His anxiety was expressed through rough brush strokes, and his passion can be observed from vivid colors. When you look at his paintings, they captivate you into a whirlwind of emotions. Beyond the portrayal of what he sees, Gogh exposed his inner self and spread it on canvas. This ardent challenge, filled with his life and authenticity, transformed the state of the twenty-century art world.
Just as van Gogh did for the art industry, OLED has become a game changer in the IT industry. The fundamental role of the display is to show images that are close to real life. For this purpose, the resolution has evolved up to 8K, four times higher than 4K UHD. When this ultra-high resolution is implemented on OLED, the image looks clearer and more vivid. Because each pixel operates on its own, it’s also more suitable for HDR technology that makes bright areas become brighter and dark areas become darker. In other words, OLED optimally enhances all the technologies that present images in the closest way possible to the original that the human eye perceives.
People view the world through the display. From artworks, they are inspired in their hearts. These two are similar in that the excess of media is eliminated to focus on the core element. They concentrate on the dots, eliminate lines, and maximize the planes. In comparison to any other technology, OLED shows the closest image to the real thing. It’s the ultimate ideal that all displays aspire to implement. Just as modern art discovers something new by eliminating the excess, we anticipate the future innovations and productions that will be constantly generated with OLED technology.