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Osang Gwon

Osang Gwon, Total Museum of Art


1974, Seoul





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Unknown Pieces_ curated by Heo Daechan
Osang Gwon

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As it is well known, artist Kwon Oh Sang’s art is ‘photography sculpture’ works. He uses isopink, a type of styrofoam, to create forms, and puts photos on them. Photos are the parts of real human be-ings or objects, or print-outs from internet resized to fit to the forms. Through such process, his rep-resentative two dimensional and three dimensional works have been inter-disciplined to each other. “Deodorant Type” is his key example. Deodorant which is familiar to most of people by a number of advertisements and TV commercials that have clever and strong expressions is a product for reducing odor. This product temporarily covers up pores and prevents sweating by aluminum chlorohydrate as its major ingredient so that the bacteria that causes odor from sweating would be diminished. By adding scents to the product, the users can avoid the odor. This solution does not solve the fundamental problem, but it is only a trick or a convenient solution. However, this way somewhat solves the problem. The artist considers his artwork as such deodorant and in fact adapts the convenient way. Sculpture and photography both started from human desires that wished perfect representations of the reality. In the common sense, two dimensional photographs and three dimensional sculptures cannot be inter-disciplined, but the artist has succeeded it. The outcome is very close to the originals though; this outcome of the three dimensional sculpture whose surface is covered with photographs, the mechanical and chemical records of the reality, sounds easier to be closer to the originals, theoretically speaking. However, it only exists in theory; they are not closer than the original photographs and the sculptures representations. This artwork between being close and not being close has none of flatness of photographs or heaviness of sculptures, but has similarity to the reality. Also, through making the three dimensional and adding the two dimensional onto, the recognition about the conventional photography and sculpture gets renewed, and the stereotypes of light flat photographs and heavy solid sculptures in the art history get reborn. The “Flat” series introduced since 2003 approaches differently to the conventional photography and sculpture. This series is finalized by the intense and clean Diasec; it is perfectly photography. Prod-uct images shown in various magazines such as watches, jewelries, cosmetics and perfumes, and automobiles, etc. have been cut off and laid out by standing them, and the photograph of this com-bined piece is the final outcome. However, as the artist considers standing photographs as a sculp-ture also, this outcome is the artist’s message about a new type of photography. By using the photos of the products that most well symbolize this modern society where too many products have been produced the artist uses the most simple and convenient way to express his opinion about today’s sculpture. In the “Sculpture” series, the materials of the three dimensional works have been extended from human beings to objects also so that the opportunity of thinking would be broadened along. By unclearly inter-disciplining so, the artist talks about today’s inter-disciplined art. Also, the artist suggests today’s people who live in between the virtual reality and the reality to review their lives in this media society. ‘Virtual exhibition’ formats have been added to this exhibition so that the artwork which cannot be easily put on shows can be exhibited such as the ones that already have been collected to private or organization collections, or the most recently finished works. Also, most of the exhibited artwork is recently created ones, the brand new ones for the audience. “MKZ” on the first floor displays the very his unique photography sculpture with his expressions about the American automobile brand Lincoln. For the “MKZ” project with Lincoln automobile series from 1930s, various automobile parts by Lincoln and collage of the brand mark images from the internet are combined into a three dimensional work. The artist’s three dimensional works such as “Huge Bust” (2013) which was in-troduced at Temenggong Artists-In-Residence in Singapore, or “Gilded Hair” (2013), “Halo” (2013) at Art Basel, and so on, and the two dimensional works from the “Flat” series such as “Lotus 3” (2012), “Flat 15” (2012), and so on will be displayed at the exhibition; it is my sincere wish that such various but not often shown works would become a chance for the audience for their better under-standing about art and about the artist.


2004 Hongik University, MFA in Sculpture, Seoul, Korea
2000 Hongik University, BFA in Sculpture, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Osang Gwon Solo Exhibition, Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2011 Adore, Aando Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Sculpture, Doosan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2010 Torso, Gallery 2, Seoul, Korea
Osang Gwon Solo Exhibition, Doosan Gallery, New York, United States
2009 Osang Gwon Solo Exhibition, Arario Gallery, New York, United States
2008 Osang Gwon Solo Exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery, , England
2007 Osang Gwon Solo Exhibition, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
2006 Osang Gwon Solo Exhibition, Union II (opening show), London, England
The Sculpture, Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea
2005 Deodorant Type & The Flat, Andrew Shire Gallery & 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles, United States
2001 Deodorant Type, The Korea Culture& Arts Foundation, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibitions

2012 Topos-Metaphor, Moran Museum of Art, Namyangju, Korea
Thoughts on Body, SOMA Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
in(to Advance).Tong(to Communicate)Contemporary Korean Art since the 1990s, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
On Manner of Forming, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2011 The Korean Miracle; A Cultural Evolution, Asia House, London, England
Embracing the void, HADA Contemporary, London, England
Chopping Play, ION Gallery, Singapore, Singapore
Collector’s Stage, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Singapore
2010 Memories of Future, Leeum, Seoul, Korea
Korean Eye : Fantastic Ordinary, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Roundabout Collection, City Gallery Wellington, , New Zealand
Man Ray’s Photography & His Heritage, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
NY Photo Festival, Smack Mellon, New York, United States
On the Cutting Edge – Aspects of Korean Contemporary Photography, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
Present Tense, The National Portrait Gallery,Canberra, , Austrailia
A Positive View, Summerset House, London, England
2009 Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, National Museum of Korea, Gwacheon, Gwacheon, Korea
Manipulating Reality, Strozzina the Center for Contemporary, , Italy
Conflicting Tales – Inaugural Exhibition of the Burger Collection, Zimmerstrasse, Berlin, Germany
2008 Youth Portraits, Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland
Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, National Museum of Fine arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Asian Art Triennale, Manchester Art Gallery, , England
Global EurAsia Special Exhibition, Art Cologne Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2007 Mad Love, Arken Museum for Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wonderland: Contemporary Korean Art, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Santiago, Chile
Urban Reviews Seoul: Space, People, Institut für A, Berlin, Germany
2006 Give Me Shelter, Union Gallery, London, England
2005 Beautiful Cynicism, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
Seoul; Until Now, Charlottenborg Udstillingbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
Post IMF, Art Ark Gallery, Shanghai, China


Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Singapore
Samsung Museum of Art Leeum, Seoul, Korea
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Busan, Korea
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju(Gyeonggi), Korea
Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Ssamzie Collection, Seoul, Korea
Asano Institute, Tokyo, Japan
Laurence Geoffrey’s, Seoul, Korea
Embassy of Switzerland, Seoul, Korea
Arario Collection, Seoul, Korea