Korean pop art flaunted in Singapore – 6 artists profiled

KOREAN CONTEMPORARY ART SINGAPORE

Korean art has been making waves in the Singapore art scene. Following on from the success of “Korean Eye: Fantastic Ordinary”, a travelling spin-off of the highly successful Korean Eye, “Korean Pop Art” took place at S.Bin Art Plus this October. Here, six Korean artists embrace technology and craft, working with references to television and pop culture. We list them below.

Click here to read more about “Korean Pop Art” at S.Bin Art Plus.

Bahk Seon Ghi

Born in 1966 in South Korea, Bahk Seon Ghi is a sculptor and installation artist who works in mixed media. He presents pure white inanimate household objects modelled in skewed perspective and made with a mix of different media.

Bahk Seon Ghi, 'Point of view 1005', 2010, coloring on mixed media, 122 x 90 x 37 cm. Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Bahk Seon Ghi, 'Point of view 1005', 2010, colouring on mixed media, 122 x 90 x 37 cm. Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Insane Park

Born in 1980 in Seoul, Insane Park is an academically trained painter who has recently been experimenting with coaxial cable. The piece shown here, which resembles the grainy lined images of old black-and-white television screens, is made out of carved black coaxial cable.

Park describes his work in an article in The Korea Times:

“I use well-known images of famous people in the media. I would see all these images of famous people from the television every day. We see it even though we don’t want to. We don’t even know much about these people, who we see on TV, in movies and in music. I feel very much ‘attacked’ by these images when I see them.”

Insane Park, 'Calvin Klein', 2009, carved cable, 108 x 78 cm. Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Insane Park, 'Calvin Klein', 2009, carved cable, 108 x 78 cm. Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Geun-Ho Goh

Born in 1966 in Kwangju, Geun-Ho Goh is a sculptor and a lecturer at Chosun University. Goh’s steel sculptures combine toys and popular or iconic public figures such as Marilyn Monroe.

Geun-Ho Goh, 'Marilyn Monroe – Ed. 10', 2009, steel, 29 x 25 x 57.2 cm. Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Geun-Ho Goh, 'Marilyn Monroe – Ed. 10', 2009, steel, 29 x 25 x 57.2 cm. Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Jae Hoon Lee

Academically trained in Korean painting, Jae Hoon Lee has adapted the fresco method of painting for use in his works. He most often combines classic and contemporary symbolism.

Lee Jae Hoon, 'Unmonument- Is it really?', 2009, fresco technique, 138 x 118 cm. Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Lee Jae Hoon, 'Unmonument- Is it really?', 2009, fresco technique, 138 x 118 cm. Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Lee Jae-Sam

Taking the history of nature as inspiration, Lee Jae Sam depicts natural scenes using charcoal. Through drawing and painting plant life with a material that is itself derived from organic substance, Lee connects the ancient past and the world he lives in.

Lee Jae-Sam, 'Dalbbit', 2009, charcoal on canvas, 181 x 681 cm (tryptch). Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Lee Jae-Sam, 'Dalbbit', 2009, charcoal on canvas, 181 x 681 cm (tryptch). Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Lee Sung O

Lee Sung O pays homage to pop art heros and older art masters by creating collages using discarded books. He says in his artist statement for S.Bin Art Plus,

“The transformed books are no longer the books they once were. And they turn into lines and colours. When these lines and colours meet to take a shape, a painting that is unbound to a fixed form is discovered. As time and events are accumulated to create a history, my paintings are born out of such process.”

Lee Sung O, 'Homage to Roy Lichtenstein', 2010, paper collage, 91 x 91 cm. Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

Lee Sung O, 'Homage to Roy Lichtenstein', 2010, paper collage, 91 x 91 cm. Image courtesy of S.Bin Art Plus.

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