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Biho RYU

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1970, Gunsan


Installation, Media



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In My Sky at twilight _ X–RyuBiho_curated by Han Jooryung
Biho RYU

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Artist RYU Biho has explored the intrinsic values of humans that have been disintegrated by huge capital, denoting that there might be hope in such a circumstance through a wide array of mediums (photography, documentary film, video, installation, etc.) primarily based on video. He has addressed troubles and issues of the times such as the absence of the object against which we have to feel resentment (Inner View, 2015) and those who have been marginalized due to industrialization (The Wanderer’s Song of Wind, 2015), suggesting a variety of artistic approaches to such matters. This exhibition is intended to examine repetition, a striking quality in his works, and its meaning through his pieces such as My Meursault (2015) and The Wanderer’s Song of Wind (2015). When spectators see such works marked by striking repetition, they come to naturally perceive the repetitive images and think of what the artist intends to say. In such a case repetition can be described as a seminal factor to appreciate his works. The Wanderer’s Song of Wind on show at Gallery 1 features a man carrying his old mother on his back as he wanders from place to place. This work seems to hark back to an ancient practice of abandoning an elderly person to die at an open grave site. Where they are heading? Can they reach their destination? His concern for those who are alienated and forgotten over the course of urban development can be seen in this work. My Meursault (2015) on show at Gallery 2 captures a man carrying something on his back while ascending a mountain. As the artist stated, this work was inspired by The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. After his actions incurred the wrath of the gods, Sisyphus was condemned to roll an immense boulder up a hill for eternity. This myth seems to underscore the severeness of the punishment and divine power in that the punishment itself is futile and meaningless. However, Camus closes his book with the sentence “One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” If that is the case, what we have to note in The Myth of Sisyphus is not merely the futility of repetitive punishment. When thinking of the situation from a Camusian perspective, it is important to heed how Sisyphus managed to overcome the punishment inflicted on him and imagine him as happy. Ryu’s work is particularly characterized by such repetitiveness. In Andy Warhol’s work, which deviated from the idea that something singular and original has absolute value as a work of art, individuality passes away and originality becomes dull due to an endless repetition of the same images. To Ryu however, repetition is something in which recurring images raise a question and have us take note of this question. His work stays there in modern times when all are being used rapidly.


2006 Graduate School of Communication & Arts, Yonsei University, M.F.A. in Media art, Seoul, Korea
1997 Hongik University, B.F.A. in Painting, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

2015 In My Sky at Twilight, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2013 Belief in Art, Art Space Jungmiso, Seoul, Korea
2011 Twin Peaks, SeMA(Seoul Museum of Art) Nanji Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2010 Mutual Escape, Space Hamilton, Seoul, Korea
Extreme Private Practice, Kunst Doc Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 Flexible Landscape, Space croft, Seoul, Korea
2001 Somnambulance, Ilju Art House, Seoul, Korea
2000 The Steel Sun, Boda Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibitions

2016 Wrap Around the Time, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea
2015 Gwangju Media Art Festival 2015, Bitgoeul Citizen Cultural Center, Gwangju, Korea
The Future is Now!, Korean Cultural Center Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
New Media Art from Korea, Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Firenze, Italy
The Future is Now!, La Friche Belle de Mai France, Marseille, France
The Future is Now!, MAXXI(National Museum of XXI Century Arts), Rome, Italy
Minima Moralia, Irkutsk Regional Art Museum after the name of V.P. Sukachov, Irkutsk, Russia
Unfinished Narrative, Korean Cultural Center India, New delhi, India
2014 The special project for the 20th anniversary of the Gwangju Biennale: 'Sweet Dew - Since 1980', Near Old Jeollanamdo Provincial Office, Gwangju, Korea
Simultaneous Echoes, Colleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 The Future is Now!, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Gwacheon, Korea
TINA B. Prague Contemporary Art Festival, BIO OKO Art Cinema, Praha, Czech
2012 Social Art, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Korea: Re-imagining the city, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, Austrailia
2011 Incheon Women Artists' Biennale, the Museum of Korean Immigration History, Incheon, Korea
What is Art Worth?, Now in Daegu 2011 Exhibition Space, Daegu, Korea
Up And Comers, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
The Second Order, Space Hamilton, Seoul, Korea
2010 Bad Boys/Here and Now, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
2009 Cake House, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2008 Korea Episode 1, Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul, Korea
2007 Art of Listening Screening: Visual Sound, Insa Art Space of the Arts Council Korea, Seoul, Korea
2002 Re-mediating TV, Ilju Art House, Seoul, Korea


2013 Awardee of 'Sungkok Artist of Tomorrow', Sungkok Art Museum


Artist Pension Trust, New York, United States
Art Bank:National Museum of Modern and Contemporar, Seoul, Korea
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Ssamzie Space, Seoul, Korea
Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
Korean Film Archive, Seoul, Korea