Jongheon Bae

Daegu, b.1969

Bae’s work cannot be comprehended around a certain form or subject matter. He semantically weaves together the various situations that one experiences within the conditions of the everyday life, and proposes the experience of contemplating the various contexts embedded in them. The common and even trite fragments of the everyday...

Bae’s work cannot be comprehended around a certain form or subject matter. He semantically weaves together the various situations that one experiences within the conditions of the everyday life, and proposes the experience of contemplating the various contexts embedded in them. The common and even trite fragments of the everyday function as significant subject matter in his work.

Bae’s work is what has been gathered from not a concealed but adequately veiled corner and then transformed into a new context, while sometimes it is also the documentation of the long process of that very act of gathering. As such, the...

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Bae’s work cannot be comprehended around a certain form or subject matter. He semantically weaves together the various situations that one experiences within the conditions of the everyday life, and proposes the experience of contemplating the various contexts embedded in them. The common and even trite fragments of the everyday function as significant subject matter in his work.

Bae’s work is what has been gathered from not a concealed but adequately veiled corner and then transformed into a new context, while sometimes it is also the documentation of the long process of that very act of gathering. As such, the fact that his work is free from any formal trait means that he has a liberating command of a spirited imagination, having broken free from the restraints of form.

The issues of the world addressed by Bae’s seemingly delightful works are in fact of grave gravity. They touch the specific subjects such as the schizophrenic phenomena brought on by industrialization and capitalism, the two still powerfully operating systems in the everyday of many people, and also step upon abstract objects such as ancient Greek philosophy, which denies the deterministic structure of life and perceives the flowing process of life as the essence.

To focus only on conceptual analysis when Bae’s work alludes to significant contemporary contexts and to thus miss the semi dubious humor embedded in his art is not a good means of reading his work. If the various structures functioning in the time and space of the everyday serve the fundamental purpose of capturing the body, his work is a flexible slide responding to such tension.

- Wonseok Koh, Art Critic

RELATED CATEGORIES

Conceptual Art / Daegu / Daily Life / Everyday Objects / Installation / Object Sculpture / Paintings / South Korea

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 2013
    Finished the master's course in Fine Art, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea
  • 2012
    MFA, Painting, College of Fine Arts, Kyoungwon University, Gwacheon, Korea
  • 2000
    BFA, Painting, College of Fine Arts, Kyoungwoon University, Gwacheon, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018
    BaeJongHeon.ZIP, Alone deep in the mountains, Paradise ZIP, Seoul
  • 2016
    Naissance, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
  • 2015
    A Travel for Things, Hyangchon Cultural Center, Daegu, Korea

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Korean Contemporary Art Series Ⅱ_ Painting of Companion Communication, Sejong Museum of Art, Seoul
  • Family Report, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
  • 2016
    As the Moon waxes and wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

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Curriculum Vitae

Educations

  • 2013
    Finished the master's course in Fine Art, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea
  • 2012
    MFA, Painting, College of Fine Arts, Kyoungwon University, Gwacheon, Korea
  • 2000
    BFA, Painting, College of Fine Arts, Kyoungwoon University, Gwacheon, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018
    BaeJongHeon.ZIP, Alone deep in the mountains, Paradise ZIP, Seoul
  • 2016
    Naissance, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
  • 2015
    A Travel for Things, Hyangchon Cultural Center, Daegu, Korea
  • JagUpZipSeo, Memorial Hall of the House of Goam Yi Eung-no, Hongseong, Korea
  • 2014
    One Night_Counting the Stars, Gallery Bundo, Daegu, Korea
  • 2011
    Wildlife, Bongsan Cultural Center, Daegu, Korea
  • 2008
    City farmer_free and quiet life, MBC Gallery M, Daegu, Korea
  • 2005
    Spectrum on time_ Relics project, Mokin Gallery, Seoul
  • Desire for a remote region_ Weeds project, Insa Art Space of Arts Council Korea, Seoul
  • 2002
    Exhibition Hall #7, Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Daegu, Korea
  • Look At the 'B'_ Doubtful Study on My Rice Bowl and Soup Bowl, Alternative Space Pool, Seoul
  • 2001
    Look At the 'S'_ Measure by the Body, Art space Sol, Daegu, Korea

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Korean Contemporary Art Series Ⅱ_ Painting of Companion Communication, Sejong Museum of Art, Seoul
  • Family Report, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
  • 2016
    As the Moon waxes and wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  • The 3rd Zone, Gana Insa Art Center, Seoul
  • 2015
    Korea Tomorrow, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
  • A Dialogue with the Space and Time, ArtN Space, Shanghai
  • 2014
    Bookmaking Project, datz press gallery, Seoul
  • Layers, Project Space Sarubia, Seoul
  • Animamix Biennale, 清华大学 TsingHua University, Beijing
  • Animamix Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai
  • 2013
    Light 2013, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
  • Goes to Gangjeong, Daegu Contemporary Art Festival in Gangjeong, Daegu, Korea
  • 2012
    under 19_ performance relay, Seoul Art Space Seogyo, Seoul
  • ULTRA NATURE : Overdose of Green, Suwon Art Center, Suwon, Korea
  • Art Gyeongju 2012_ 法古創新, Gyeongju Arts Center, Gyeongju, Korea
  • 2011
    The flow of Korea contemporary art Ⅳ_ Object Art, Gimhae Arts & Sports Center, Gimhae, Korea
  • slow mobile, Seonyudo Park, Seoul
  • Made in Daegu, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
  • I Recommend this Artist 31, Gallery Sub, Seoul
  • Si-Hwa-Il-Ryul, Gana Art Center, Seoul
  • Prohibit Excavation, Art space Pool, Seoul
  • 2010
    Ecotopia, Kyonggi University Hoyeon Gallery, Suwon, Korea
  • Bookmaking Project, datz press gallery, Seoul
  • INDAF Incheon International Digital Art Festival, Incheon
  • Hermes Foundation Missulsang-Nominate, Atelier Hermes, Seoul
  • 2009
    BAD BOYS HERE and NOW, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
  • Bangcheon art project, Bangcheon Traditional Market, Daegu, Korea
  • 2008
    Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Daegu, Korea
  • Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Art, Busan
  • Art at Home-Wonderful Life, Doosan Gallery, Seoul
  • Creation Anatomy, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan
  • Mindful Garden, Shinsegae Culture Hall, Seoul
  • The spring_Arbazaar exhibition 2008, Gallery Arbazaar, Busan
  • 2007
    BBEULJIT, Alternative Space Chung Jeong Gak, Seoul
  • The Utility of Uselessness, Chiwoo Craft Museum, Seoul
  • UP-AND-COMERS, Kumho Museum, Seoul
  • 2006
    TOTAL.ART.SET, MBC Gallery M, Daegu
  • Drawn to Drawing, SOMA Drawing Center, Seoul
  • Drawing Eergy, Arko Art Center, Seoul
  • 2004
    Document, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
  • Without a sound, Gallery Fish, Seoul
  • 2003
    buffering_ Parking lot project, Art Sonje Center, Seoul
  • d.u.m.b.o. art under the bridge festival, DUMBO Art Center, New York, USA
  • The Project of Cheonggye Stream, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
  • 2002
    BIJUS_ fine arts college graduates' association, Gallery Boda, Seoul
  • Inter Project_Symbiosis, Incheon Multi Culture & Art Center, Incheon
  • 2001
    Selected Young Artists, Kyonggi Cultural Foundation Gallery, Suwon
  • Networkingproject Dot Com, the Korean Culture & Arts Foundation, Seoul (etc. International Network)
  • 2000
    The Outer Layer, Project Space Sarubia, Seoul
  • Media_City Seoul 2000, Subway Line #2, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
  • The flow of new tendencies in Korea Art- Arrow of Time: Entropy, KCAF Fund.(Arko Art Center), Seoul
  • 1999
    Art Factory 2000, Icheon Factory, Icheon
  • 1998
    Frame is better than Picture, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul

Publications

  • 2015
    Bae JongHeon_ Jag Up Seo, Seoul: Monocle

Grants & Awards

  • 2014
    Goam Art Award

Exhibitions on Eazel