ICONIC HYPERREALNESS BY HYUNG KOO KANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hyung Koo Kang is a Korean contemporary painter best known for his hyper realistic portraits of iconic personalities from history. He graduated from the Painting department of Chungang University in Seoul, Korea.

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Kang’s portraits of famous people such as Pablo Picasso, Audrey Hepburn are actually works of composite-realism rather than photo-realism. These works are created through the artist’s direct and indirect understanding of the character. Kang’s works exhibited several means of mixed medium with illusionary photo-realism, allowing the audience to interact with the artwork.

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HUMAN AND ANIMAL RELATIONSHIPS BY WOOKJAE MAENG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Korean artist Wookjae Maeng works with ceramics, focusing on the relationships between humans and animals. The ghostly pieces often resemble commemorative busts or mounted heads reminiscent of big game trophies.

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“I concentrate on art as a vehicle to communicate contemporary social and environmental problems to the viewer by stimulating, not just emotion, but sensibilities and memories. In this regard, ‘stimulus’ plays an import role in the expression of my work and in its perception by the viewer. Visually or sensually appropriate stimuli evoke curiosity in the viewer and their desire to grasp the inner meanings of the work. Within this process the viewer not only intellectually comprehends the work but also viscerally appreciates it if their preconceptions are challenged or senses other than sight are stimulated. This three dimensional appreciation-which engages the viewer both physically and sensually-I believe conveys the message of a work on a deeper level.” Wookjae Maeng

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INFINITE FLESH BY WANJIN GIM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Wanjin Gim aka Willeys was born in the Republic of Korea and is currently living in Seoul. Wanjin usually paints nudes. Fascinated by Lucian Freud’s paintings, he is mainly devoted to expressing the abstract curves of the human body and the infinite color of the surface of the flesh. In recent years, the idea has expanded to conceptual and meta-physical work.

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FLEXIBLE ORGANIC FORMS BY SUI PARK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sui Park is a New York based artist and an interior architect born in Seoul, Korea. Her work involves creating 3-dimensional flexible organic forms of a comfortable ambiance that are yet dynamic and possibly mystical or illusionary.

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“My work involves creating 3-dimensional organic forms mostly in generic and biomorphic shapes. Through these forms, I attempt to express seemingly static yet dynamic characteristics of our evolving lives. While they resemble transitions and transformations of nature, the forms are also to capture subtle but continuous changes in our emotions, sentiments, memories and expectations.

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I weave and connect traces and tracks of the subtle changes into organic forms. The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular Monofilament and Cable Ties. They are non –durable, disposable, trivial, inexpensive and easily consumed materials. But, when I weave and connect them, they are transformed into organic visualizations. I want them to be creating lasting moments, evoking and encapsulating our precious thoughts.” Sui Park

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THE OBJECTUALS BY HYUNGKOO LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Seoul, Korea based Hyungkoo Lee‘s series of photographs and wearable sculpture helmets known as The Objectuals are fitted with interchangeable concave and convex lenses which shrink, expand and distort his features while allowing him to perform any normal daily activities. The lenses can produce disturbingly exaggerated facial expressions, faces that are cartoonishly demure or aggressive.

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ABSTRACT ASSEMBLAGES BY EVA HAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eva Eun-Sil Han was born in Korea where she lived for 27 years. When she encountered the collages of Max Ernst did she start to use collage as a means of artistic expression. In her work she combines material from any kind of ready-made mass media, such as newspapers, magazines or old books. Eva Han prefers to use knife and glue rather than working with pixels on a computer screen, because it allows her to touch, feel and smell the different source papers. Especially old paper smells good to her.

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The artist collages photographs, her own and others, often drawing and painting onto the paper. Many of them seem purely abstract and in most, the assemblage of images is in such bits and pieces they don’t seem meant to be discerned specifically.

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GODS BY YUNMEE KYONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yunmee Kyong draws and makes human, birds, gods and many other things around her. she eats lot of things around her too. She was raised in Korea and ventured out to study art to London drinking many cups of tea and to New York eating lots of big hamburgers. Yunmee would love to live in igloo someday with a polar bear, a parrot, cows and sheeps. She does illustrations for magazines and children’s books and makes small books.

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UNEXPECTED JUXTAPOSITIONS BY HENN KIM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Henn Kim is an illustrator from Seoul, Korea. Her minimal and surreal illustrations are heavily evocative; they  suggest deep feelings and emotions through visual connections and unexpected juxtapositions. It’s a free flow of visions and sensations depicted through essential, black and white figures who act in a world of giant objects, metaphoric illustrations of emotions or windows opened on our subconscious.

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