Sung Neung Kyung (b. 1944), known as the first generation of Korean performance artists, will present “AS IF NOTHING… The Artistic Meandering of Sung Neung Kyung,” a solo exhibition at BAIK Art in Hwadong, Seoul, from February 22 to April 30.
At the opening of the exhibition, the artist performed a performance for about 30 minutes, such as burning a fan, spinning a hula hoop, and shooting a slingshot while wearing only panties and flower tabi. The exhibition introduces representative photographic works from the 1960s and early 1980s, such as Smoking and Contraction and expansion and the ‘Mt.Baekdu’ series using Mt.Baekdu water bottle.
Sung Neung Kyung is an avant-garde artist who has been active in earnest since 1968. He is almost the only Korean artist who has been practicing performance art for 30 years. The artist has been performing with his body and everyday materials, aiming to dematerialize art and restore everyday life.
Recently, Sung Neung Kyung’s various works have been attracting attention and he plans to engage in active overseas activities by signing an exclusive contract with Lehmann Maupin, a world-class contemporary art gallery. As his first overseas activity, he will exhibit his representative work Venue 2 at Art Basel Hong Kong 2023 from March 21 to 25.
“AS IF NOTHING… The Artistic Meandering of Sung Neung Kyung”
BAIK Art, Seoul : 74-13, Yulgok-ro 3 Gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
So Young PARK (b. 1971) is currently showing “CHEON SAN SU MONG” at P21 Gallery in Yongsan-gu from February 17 to April 1. The exhibition features 11 works that visualize the relationship between nature, humans, and natural objects, as well as phenomenal events.
In the artist’s works, color reveals its presence and the boundaries of form disappear. Whether it is a pre-civilized landscape or a landscape at the end of time is unknown, and the works shimmer like the surface of an unnamed star. The artist says, “I was very curious about what civilization looked like before it existed or after its destruction. Under this theme, I visualized worlds that do not exist in reality, but where humans and nature mix.”
The works do not constitute distinct objects but look like living creatures, still life, or evoke supernatural landscapes. Although the artist has her own intentions and concepts, her work is based on the unconscious, so how the viewer feels is much more important than her intentions.
So Young PARK studied fine art at the University of the Arts Berlin, Germany, where she received her Meister Schuler from Professor Daniel Richter. She lives in Berlin and has been working internationally for over 20 years and is currently active in Korea and Germany.
P21: 74 Hoenamu-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Jiwon Choi (b. 1996) uses porcelain dolls to express the anxiety and numbness felt by her contemporaries. From March 3 to April 8, the artist will hold a solo exhibition, “Collecting Chamber” at ThisWeekendRoom in Yongsan-gu.
The exhibition includes works that combine porcelain dolls and artificial/natural objects, as well as works that are exclusively produced by artificial and natural objects. “Collecting Chamber” shows the meaning of the things collected in the artist’s room. She often looks at ornaments, porcelain dolls, cuckoo clocks, and dead insects on window sills.
These are mainly things that used to be alive, or imitations of living things. These objects, which are more real than living, are for her symbols of the fragility and beauty of life. The artist focuses on the form and meaning of these entities and creates mysterious objects in the surreal space she has compartmentalized for himself.
Jiwon Choi (b. 1996) graduated from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea, and received her MFA from Same University.
ThisWeekendRoom: 30 Hannam-daero 42-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul