Seoul, b.1974

Osang Gwon

After his 1998 photography-sculpture Deodorant Type series, Gwon Osang took a major step forward in the concept of photography and sculpture with The Flat series in 2003. Gwon's earlier works, Deodorant Type series, employed the process of taking over 1000 photographs were selected to create a sculpture. However, the artist's recent works take this process a step further by borrowing and transforming internet images that have been taken by others rather than himself. The Flat series features cut-outs of images that appear most frequently in advertisements, such ad watches, jewelry and make-up. The pieces of cut-out paper are fixed with simple wire structure, each becoming an individual sculpture. Then the installation is photographed into a flat surface, becoming both photograph and sculpture.

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Biography

After his 1998 photography-sculpture Deodorant Type series, Gwon Osang took a major step forward in the concept of photography and sculpture with The Flat series in 2003. Gwon's earlier works, Deodorant Type series, employed the process of taking over 1000 photographs were selected to create a sculpture. However, the artist's recent works take this process a step further by borrowing and transforming internet images that have been taken by others rather than himself. The Flat series features cut-outs of images that appear most frequently in advertisements, such ad watches, jewelry and make-up. The pieces of cut-out paper are fixed with simple wire structure, each becoming an individual sculpture. Then the installation is photographed into a flat surface, becoming both photograph and sculpture.

Artworks

7

Hige Bust, 2013

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Blurring Boundaries / Blurring Genre Boundaries / C-Print / Collage / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Korean Art / Inkjet Print / Korean Art / Large Scale Installation/Sculpture / Media Study / Photo Collage / Photographic Sculpture / Photography / Print on Wood / Sculpture / Seoul / South Korea / Space/Spatiality

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2004

    MFA, Sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul

  • 2000

    BFA, Sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    New Structure and Relief, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul

  • The Sculpture, ARARIO GALLERY, Shanghai

  • Relief Relief, Space Willing N Dealing, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    MOKA Triangle, The Hyundai Museum of Kids’ Books & Art, Seongnam, Korea

  • 2017

    This is Contemporary Art Museum, K Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • Amazing Day, Today!, Goyang Children's Museum, Goyang, Korea

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  • 2004

    MFA, Sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul

  • 2000

    BFA, Sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    New Structure and Relief, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul

  • The Sculpture, ARARIO GALLERY, Shanghai

  • Relief Relief, Space Willing N Dealing, Seoul

  • Recontemporary, Waterfall Mansion & Gallery, New York

  • 2015

    New Structure, Okinawa Contemporary Art Center, Okinawa

  • The Pivots, ARARIO MUSEUM in Tapdong Bike shop, Jeju

  • 2014

    Osang Gwon: The Deodorant Type, Statoil Art Programme, Statoil, Bærum, Norway

  • Osang Gwon, JOYCE PARIS, Paris

  • Structure, Perigee Gallery, Seoul

  • 2013

    Masspatterns, 13 S/S Collaboration Exhibitions #03, MANMADE WOOYOUNGMI, Seoul

  • Postmodern Times, HADA Contemporary, London

  • Osang Gwon, Temenggong Artists in Residence, Singapore

  • 2012

    Osang Gwon, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul

  • 2011

    Sculpture, Doosan Gallery, Seoul

  • Adore, Aando Fine Arts, Berlin

  • 2010

    Deodorant Type, Doosan Gallery, New York

  • Torso, Gallery 2, Seoul

  • 2009

    Deodorant Type, ARARIO GALLERY, New York

  • 2008

    Deodorant Type: Sculpture by Osang Gwon, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

  • 2007

    Osang Gwon, ARARIO GALLERY, Beijing

  • 2006

    The Sculpture, ARARIO GALLERY, Cheonan, Korea

  • 2005

    Deodorant Type & The Flat, Andrew Shire Gallery & 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles

  • 2001

    Deodorant Type, Insa Art Space, The Korea Culture& Arts foundation, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    MOKA Triangle, The Hyundai Museum of Kids’ Books & Art, Seongnam, Korea

  • 2017

    This is Contemporary Art Museum, K Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • Amazing Day, Today!, Goyang Children's Museum, Goyang, Korea

  • Jisan Valley Rock Music & Art Festival, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

  • 2016

    Jaguar XJ Rare Design Studio, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul

  • 2015

    Lies on Lies: on Photography, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • Peaceminusone, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Commemorative Exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of Liberation: the Great Journey with the Citizens Uproarious, Heated, Inundated, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • Dream Society – Originability, Seoul Museum, Seoul

  • Tech 4 Change, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratoriumn, Vestfossen, Norway

  • Liful Minimal Garments, 10 Years of Passion: Our Memory, Horim Art Center, Seoul

  • 2014

    K – pop : Korean Contemporary Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei

  • Korean Portraiture: Beyond the Memories, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Wanju, Korea

  • Beyond and Between, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Medium at Large, Singapore Art Museum-Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, Singapore

  • Busan Biennale Special Exhibition. (Biennale Archive): Voyage to Biennale – 50 years of Korean Contemporary Art in Overseas Biennales), Busan Cultural Center, Busan, Korea

  • Collage Art: Weaving Stories Blending Images, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

  • Pillars, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul

  • 2013

    The Public’s Extended, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul

  • The Hero, Seoul Museum, Seoul

  • The Velocity of Sculpture, BSSM Baiksoonshil Museum, Paju, Korea

  • 2012

    On Manner of Forming, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta

  • Jin(to Advance).Tong(to Communicate). Contemporary Korean Art since the 1990s, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea

  • Re-Opening DOOSAN Gallery Seoul, DOOSAN Gallery, Seoul

  • Thoughts on Body, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Landscape of Moment, Seongnam Arts Center, Seongnam, Korea

  • Topos-Metaphor, Moran Museum of Art, Namyangju, Korea

  • 2011

    Collector’s Stage, Singapore Art Museum-Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, Singapore

  • The Purpose of Life, Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Korea

  • The Korean Miracle: A Cultural Evolution, Asia House, London

  • Artists with Arario Part 1, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul

  • 2010

    A POSITIVE VIEW, Somerset House, London

  • Present Tense: An Imagined Grammar of Portraiture in the Digital Age, The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

  • On the Cutting Edge - Aspects of Korean Contemporary Photography, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung

  • New York Photo Festival 2010, Smack Mellon, New York

  • Man Ray’s Photography & His Heritage, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

  • roundabout, Conversations in art from around the globe, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

  • Negotiations, Today Art Museum, Beijing

  • Korean Eye: Fantastic Ordinary, Saatchi Gallery, London ; The Arts House, Singapore; The Seoul Museum of Art, Gyeonghuigung, Seoul; The Korea Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul

  • Memories of Future, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2009

    Conflicting Tales - Inaugural Exhibition of the Burger Collection, Zimmerstrasse, Berlin

  • Manipulating Reality, The Center for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence

  • Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

  • Art & Techne, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea

  • 2008

    Asian Art Triennale, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

  • Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires

  • Youth Portraits, Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich

  • 2007

    Urban Reviews Seoul: Space, People, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen(ifa), Stuttgart, Berlin

  • Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago

  • Wonderland: Contemporary Korean Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

  • Mad Love, Arken Museum for Modern Art, Copenhagen

  • 2006

    Give Me Shelter, Union Gallery, London

  • 2005

    Seoul; Until Now, Charlottenborg Udstillingbygning, Copenhagen

  • Beautiful Cynicism, ARARIO GALLERY, Beijing

  • 2004

    Out the Window, Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo

  • Real Reality, Kukje Gallery, Seoul

  • UNUSUAL COMBINATION, Plus Gallery, Nogoya

  • Officina Asia, Galleria d’arte moderna, Bologna

  • Young Artists from Korea, China and Japan, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

  • 2003

    Mobile, Alternative Space Care Of, Milan

  • Facing Korea-ID, FOAM (Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam), Amsterdam

  • Unique, Gallery VU, Paris

  • 2002

    Mirror of daily, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea

  • Area of Photograph, Sendai mediatheque, Sendai, Japan

  • Area of Photograph, Museum of Art Saitama, Saitama, Japan

  • ORIENT-EXTREME, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France

  • 2001

    Alchemy, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • Family, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Silence of the City, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea

  • 2000

    Ji-Rok-Wi-Ma, Seonam Museum, Seoul

  • Error Interchange, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • Join & Expression, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, Korea

Grants & Awards

  • 2012

    Kim Se Choong Sculpture Prize

  • 2010

    Photograph Critique Awards

Collections

  • 1971

    Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

  • Universal Music Group, United States

  • The Zabludowicz Collection, United Kingdom

  • The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

  • Stat Oil, Norway

  • Ssamzi Collection, Korea

  • Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

  • Seoul Museum of Art, Korea

  • Samsung Fine Chemical, Korea

  • Roundabout Collection, United States