Seoul, b.1967

Soohyeok Shin

Soohyeok Shin suddenly left Korea to study in Japan after graduating from the Hong Ik University Department of Painting and its graduate school and received a doctorate in painting from Tokyo University of the Arts. He started working in earnest with his first solo show after coming back to Korea in 2009. His work is a study on space and time and light and place where an individual’s situation and experience are remembered and reminisced on through the fluid, reconstructed scenes of a city, an indicator of mundane life. Whereas his previous pieces were explored the nature of the individual and society through a persistent observation and investigation of old buildings and common environments in a city, his latest works of 2015 display simplified depictions of the frames of buildings....

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Biography

Soohyeok Shin suddenly left Korea to study in Japan after graduating from the Hong Ik University Department of Painting and its graduate school and received a doctorate in painting from Tokyo University of the Arts. He started working in earnest with his first solo show after coming back to Korea in 2009. His work is a study on space and time and light and place where an individual’s situation and experience are remembered and reminisced on through the fluid, reconstructed scenes of a city, an indicator of mundane life. Whereas his previous pieces were explored the nature of the individual and society through a persistent observation and investigation of old buildings and common environments in a city, his latest works of 2015 display simplified depictions of the frames of buildings. Upon closer examination we realize this concept is further expanded. He discloses the multilayered structure of meaning using at technique of embodying form by piling up layers in consecutive order after thinly applying oil paints. This structure realizes the flow of non‐visual moments, forming a sort of network. In his works, buildings that seem to float in a vacuum fill his canvas or some parts are reproduced. The buildings lead to a reconsideration of the meanings of reality and unreality, border and imagination, and representation and gaze as things whose sphere is extended to the space of imagination and mental images beyond a physical space. Man or life is formed with memories and the open world with infinite encounters with the past. The buildings he represents in his work are not mere perceptions of the past but a chain of an infinite past existing together with the present and even including the future. Shin’s differentiated research on light, color, and space discloses self‐reference and autonomy, enabling viewers to feel the flow of fluid perception and the expansion of infinite senses.

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Artworks

9

Untitled 1611, 2016

RELATED CATEGORIES

21st Century Art / Architecture / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Autobiographical Approach / Buildings / Canvas / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Korean Art / Daily Life Experience / Geometric Expression / Individual and Society / Inspiration from Architecture / Korean Art / Memories / Multiple Layers of Colors / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Reality and Illusion / Restrained Brushstrokes / Smooth and Flat Surface / South Korea / Space / Spatiality / Time / Time and Space

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 2008

    Ph.D. Oil Painting Course, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo

  • 2005

    MFA. Oil Painting Course, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Soohyeok Shin, Duru artspace, Seoul

  • 2015

    Flow, 2gil29 gallery, Seoul

  • 2014

    Kublix, space bm, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Mobius Strip, ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul

  • 2016

    Out of Wordly, WestWerk, Hamburg, Germany

  • Old and New, Kansong museum, Seoul

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Education

  • 2008

    Ph.D. Oil Painting Course, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo

  • 2005

    MFA. Oil Painting Course, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Soohyeok Shin, Duru artspace, Seoul

  • 2015

    Flow, 2gil29 gallery, Seoul

  • 2014

    Kublix, space bm, Seoul

  • 2013

    CyanoType, Boutique Monaco Museum, Seoul

  • 2011

    Blue Note, ARTSIDE Gallery, Seoul

  • 2009

    One Day Somewhere, ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul

  • 2008

    Soohyeok Shin, Musee F gallery, Tokyo

  • 2007

    Underneath Time, Tomos Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2006

    Soohyeok Shin, Gallery‐58, Tokyo

  • 2004

    One Day Somewhere, Gallery Gan, Tokyo

  • 2001

    Loop, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Mobius Strip, ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul

  • 2016

    Out of Wordly, WestWerk, Hamburg, Germany

  • Old and New, Kansong museum, Seoul

  • 2014

    Korea Tomorrow, Kansong museum, Seoul

  • 2013

    Bloody Trial, Special Exhibition of Gwangju 13, KDJ Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea

  • 2012

    Artistic Period, Inter alia Art Company, Seoul

  • Urban Promenade, Pohang Museum of Art, Pohang, Korea

  • Out of Frame, Inter alia Art Company, Seoul

  • City Garden‐Forest, Posco Gallery, Pohang, Korea

  • 2011

    Maps Talk, Art+Lounge Dibang, Seoul

  • Memorial, Omotesando galley, Tokyo

  • 2010

    Paintings – Now, Things That Are Express, Gana Art Space, Seoul

  • Korea Contemporary Art Understanding, Posco Gallery, Pohang, Korea

  • 40x40x40x40, Cottonseed, Seoul