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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Jae Hoon Lee
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 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.”
- Curator Tobias Berger talks about Korean contemporary art scene in 4 questions – September 2010 – this world-renowned art professional provides important insight into Korean art scene
- Collector Ciclitira, founder of Korean Eye, make big plans for Korean art – June 2009 – explores an interesting Korean Eye initiative
- National Museum of Contemporary Art Young Korean Artists retrospective spans 30 years – May 2010 – outlines the history of this important art award and lists retrospective participants
- Troubles for Korean art at home, better reception abroad – Korean Herald, New York Magazine – January 2009 – “Art Market in Doldrums as Auction Bids Plunge” shouts the title of a story in Chosun
- Korean contemporary art through Asia threatened by meltdown – September 2008 – discusses the splash Korea is making in China