Seoul, b.1971

seok ho kang

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seok ho kang has constantly worked on paintings featuring human bodies. The main subject matter of his early works is a human body wearing clothes. In his early works, the human body appears like a torso devoid of a head, arms, and legs. In these works, he effectively removes the hallmarks of a human body by illustrating the surface of a garment that covers it rather than directly depicting the body itself. In this way he unveils the beauty of form and color as well as texture. In addition, he has continued to work on portraying the human body in his series of paintings featuring a variety of images such as a man and woman, front and back profiles, a body wearing underwear, and a naked body. Some paintings feature...

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Biography

seok ho kang has constantly worked on paintings featuring human bodies. The main subject matter of his early works is a human body wearing clothes. In his early works, the human body appears like a torso devoid of a head, arms, and legs. In these works, he effectively removes the hallmarks of a human body by illustrating the surface of a garment that covers it rather than directly depicting the body itself. In this way he unveils the beauty of form and color as well as texture. In addition, he has continued to work on portraying the human body in his series of paintings featuring a variety of images such as a man and woman, front and back profiles, a body wearing underwear, and a naked body. Some paintings feature the characteristic poses of celebrities without revealing their faces. These works showcase the uncanny aspects of his subject matter from his microscopic perspective toward the body, underscoring specific parts of the body without exposing the whole. While all of his works focus on the human body as the most important subject, his statements and writings pertaining to his works and exhibitions clarify that any narrative on the body or the body as his subject matter is not very important. Such an element just works as a trigger for initiating his work. He instead seems to focus on seeking the beauty of form and exploring his own distinctive art and life.

seok ho kang graduated from Seoul National University majoring in Sculpture and has studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf during 2000-2001.

Image courtesy of the artist / Text courtesy of PERIGEE Gallery, Seoul

Artworks

6

Untitled, 2017

RELATED CATEGORIES

Artist's Writing / Everyday Experience / Gesture / Human Bodies / Painting / Repetition / Study on Painting

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 2001

    Kunstakdemie Brief, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

  • 2000

    Meisterschuler(Prof.Jan dibbets), Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

  • 1995

    BFA, Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017

    the other, PERIGEE Gallery, Seoul

  • 2016

    space bm, Seoul

  • 2015

    Mimesis Art Museum, Paju, Korea

Group Exhibitions

  • 2015

    EXHIBITION FOR 9:HELP WANTED, GalleryBundo, Daegu, Korea

  • 2012

    Desirable Routine, GALLERYHYUNDAI, Seoul

  • Shift 2012, Johyun Gallery, Busan , Korea

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Education

  • 2001

    Kunstakdemie Brief, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

  • 2000

    Meisterschuler(Prof.Jan dibbets), Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

  • 1995

    BFA, Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017

    the other, PERIGEE Gallery, Seoul

  • 2016

    space bm, Seoul

  • 2015

    Mimesis Art Museum, Paju, Korea

  • 2012

    Space Willing N Dealing, Seoul

  • Gallery 16 bungee, Seoul

  • 2009

    Gallery 2, Seoul

  • 2008

    brainfactory, Seoul

  • 2006

    Kumho Young Artist, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2005

    get up, INSA ART SPACE, Seoul

  • 2004

    Suknam Art Award, MORAN GALLERY, Seoul

  • 2003

    Gabrielle Heidtmann Gallery, Colognue

  • doART Gallery, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2015

    EXHIBITION FOR 9:HELP WANTED, GalleryBundo, Daegu, Korea

  • 2012

    Desirable Routine, GALLERYHYUNDAI, Seoul

  • Shift 2012, Johyun Gallery, Busan , Korea

  • No, 45 Kumho Young Artist, Kumho Museun of Art, Seoul

  • 2011

    Korean Painting, 16 bungee, Seoul

  • Korean Painting, Gallery FACTORY, Seoul

  • 2010

    Seogyo Nanjang 2010, Power of Painting, KT&G Sangsang madang, Seoul

  • My dears..., Mongin Art Center, Seoul

  • meet ARKO, ARKO container, Seoul

  • 2009

    NOW WHAT, Space Hamilton, Seoul

  • Proposal for the Preparation, dohjidai, Kyoto

  • Portraits, MoA, Seoul

  • 2008

    I am not Artist, 2008 Young Korean Artist, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

  • 2007

    the edge of sensation, gallery simon, Seoul

  • 2006

    propose 7, Kumho Museum Of Art, Seoul

  • 2005

    work in Progress, Gallery Factory, Seoul

  • 2000

    Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Grants & Awards

  • 2007

    Artist Residence Program, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Goyang), Korea

  • 2005

    Kumho Art Studio, Seoul (-2007)

  • 2004

    The 23th Annual Suk Nam Arts Award, Suk Nam Arts and Cultural Foundation, Korea

  • 2000

    UBS Art Award 2000, Basel, Switzerland