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.
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.
“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.
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
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.
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.
To know one’s self is to be able to observe one’s self. It is to know that the external world is a mere mirror of one’s internal world and that all is connected as one in this vast, yet narrow space we call life.
A relentless explorer of the inner self is Korean artist, Seungyea Park, otherwise known as Spunky Zoe.
Park uses pen and acrylic to artistically express the journey of fear that permeates in the inner self, which she calls, “Monstrousness.” She analyzes the archaic systems in place that use fear and horror to maintain imbalances of justice in the world; fear being the dominant construct that is used to control and subdue people. After all, it is in our primitive nature to orient towards danger, to be prepared for fight, flight, freeze and in the case of the consciousness of the masses, hypnotic paralysis that shuts us down and leaves us comfortably numb to everything around us.
Park’s intriguing art work captivates my attention as I gaze into the juxtaposition of her dark side with the beauty and skill she produces as an act of love. The template of her work is drawn from observing and documenting the contradictions of the “I” inside of herself with the “I” outside of herself. Her knowledge and heightened awareness, combined with mesmerizing artistic skill, will leave my “I” coming back for more.
Jisun Lee is a Korea-born artist based in Seoul. Her unique style examines “interaction with people” through lines and brushstrokes on canvas. “My work is the encounter of the story of short and long lines. A line drawn with a thin brush becomes by visual impression to move means”. See select works by Jisun Lee below and check out more on her website jisun-lee.com.
Myeongbeom Kim is a creator of sculptures and installations usually involving nature. He was born in Seoul, Korea and he holds an MFA in Sculpture from The Art Institute of Chicago. We think you’ll enjoy his work.