SKIN DEEP 도심 숲으로부터 : 정상곤

As a printmaker and classically trained painter, Korean artist Sanggon Chung creates dramatic, organic landscapes that exist at the border of the fictional and the real.
The specific landscape he paints is less relevant; rather his intention is to portray an experiential, humanistic and historical perspective. This gives each viewer a unique and subjective experience.

The creative process for Chung is an extremely sensory one, with the brush acting as an extension of his body and his emotions. Masterly brush strokes flesh out thick, textural swathes of paint.
The vitality and energy of these strokes echoes that found in nature, from the smallest blades of grass through to more grandiose thick fleshy leaves and tumbling water falls.
His paintings reflect Chung’s experiential way of life and become a materialisation of his senses. His atelier itself is surrounded by nature, and he draws inspiration from his time within it. Forms flow organically from him, working on a table instead of at an easel, sketching out lines first with a pencil and moving physically over the canvas and around the table.

This allows for him to work close to the surface in a way not possible if the work were vertical, providing him with different perspectives. This creates a work that is both accidental and intentional – various ratios of paint and solvents create myriad shiny surfaces, making parts of the canvas appear wet. Strong, fast brushstrokes create colours that are swirled and split, an organic surface that reminds us of mountains, rocks, waterfalls, trees and grass, a psychedelic scene that conveys humidity, wind and the scent of the woods.
Chung gathers the emotions that nature elicits in him and flings them onto the canvas. He finds a way in which to excavate the two-dimensionality of the canvas and probe the great depths of profound emotion that can be found in the aw-inspiring power of nature.

(2015.02 KASHYA HILDEBRAND / Gallerist)
Artist
정 상 곤
Jung Sang Gon
title
Skin Deep
도심 숲으로부터
date
2016. 3. 2 (Wed)- 3. 26 (Sat)
opening reception
2016. 3. 2 (Wed) / pm 6

Artist Infomation

정 상 곤

Born in Jan, 11 in 1963
Lives and works in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

EDUCATION
1991 MFA, Painting, Seoul National University, Korea
1987 BFA, Painting, Seoul National University, Korea
Present: Professor, Dong Seoul University, Korea

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Skin Deep, Haslla Museum, Korea
2014 Skin Deep, Imazoo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013 Skin Deep, Lee Gallery, Berlin, Germany Skin Deep, Samtoh Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 Skin Deep: Re-reading Landscape, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2011 Re–reading Landscape, Gallery bd, Gyeonggi, Korea
2010 Re-reading Landscape, Gallery GASAN, Gyeonggi, Korea
2009 Minuscape, Cyart Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2008 Quotation-Reading, Folio Gallery, Lubbock, TX, USA
2006 Quotation-Reading, Topohaus, Seoul, Korea ACC Gallery, Fort Lee, NJ, USA Quotation, Gallery Andante, Seoul, Korea
2004 Dark Sea, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan Quotation, Gallery 21+Yo, Tokyo, Japan
2003 Quotation-Reading, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea Quotation, Seoul Print Art Fair, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2001 Quotation-My Daily Life…, Gallery Wooduk, Seoul, Korea
1999 Phenomenon, Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea MANIF SEOUL ’99, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
1997 Radiation-Phenomenon, Icon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1996 Radiation, Boda Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1994 Radiation, Icon Gallery, CITY, Korea
1993 Radiation -Painting & Drawing, Pyo Gallery, CITY, Korea Korea Art Fair, Seoul Arts Center Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1992 Radiation – Painting & Lithograph, Sinsegae Gallery, Korea
1991 Ventilation, Sagak Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1990 M.F.A Thesis Show, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 Makers in Print, Inova Gallery, CITY, USA
2012 2012 Korean Contemporary Artists, Dongduk Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Printmaking and Communication, Gyeonghuigung Annex Building of the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
The Big Ones, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2011 Yangpyeong Eco Art Festival
2011, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Korea A Global Mail Art Collaboration: For Love Not Money, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2010 KIAF, Gallery Gasan, Kumsan Gallery, COEX, Seoul, Korea
Two Folds Of Negatives – Against Clarity, Gallery Chosun, Seoul, Korea SOAF, Gallery Gasan, COEX, Seoul, Korea


2009 Interpret Inter-Print, Gallery IX, Budapest, Hungary Coner to Coner: Urban Poster Explosion, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, USA
2006 Dual Scenery, Artcom Center, Grand Ave, Palisades Park, NJ, U.S.A
MediaEdge, From the Movable Image, Sadi Space Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2005-08 Seoul Print, TopoHaus, Moran Gallery, CYART Gallery, Korea
2004 Beyond the Digital Surface, Ewha Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Umbra, Yooartspace, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2003 The Vague Scene, Yoo Art Space, Seoul, Korea 2001 Je Ju Wetland Art, Sejong Gallery, Je Ju Island, Korea
2000 Hello! Art, Hello! Computer, helloart.com Gallery, Korea Landscape and Place, Gyeonggi Cultural Center, Gyeonggi, Korea
1999 Korean Contemporary Printmaking, National Museum of Printmaking, Marbella, Spain
1998-2008 The Spirit of Painting, Fine Art Center, Seoul Art Center, Moran Gallery etc, Korea
1998 Inter-Kontakt-Grafik, Inter-triennial of Prints, Prague, Czechoslovakia
1995 Human & Technology -Technology Art, Donga Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1994 Seoul-NYmAX medial -High Tech Art in Korea, Anthology film Archives, NY, USA Computer Printmaking, Chung Nam Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1992 The Cross Section of the Korean Contemporary Painting, Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1993 The 40 Years of Korean Contemporary Printmaking, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
1990 Edition-50, Printmaking in Daily Life, Shinseagae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1989-91 PRINT MEDIA, Total Gallery, Sonamu Gallery, Kwan Hoon Gallery etc, Korea
1989 Logos & Patos, Kwan Hoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

SELECTED AWARDS
2007 International Prints Triennial Oldenburg (Germany) Prize of City of Mayor of Oldenburg
14th Tallinn Print Triennial, (Estonia) 3 Equal Prize
2004 13th Tallinn Print Triennial, (Estonia) 3 Equal Prize
2000 Cracow International Prints Triennial, (Poland) Regular Prize.
1999 Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Art, (Slovenia) Grand Prize
1998 11th Tallinn Print Triennial, (Estonia) Grand Prize
1997 Cracow International Prints Triennial, (Poland) Regular Prize.
1996 Seoul International Prints Biennial, Purchase prize.
1992 Dong-A Fine Arts Festival, First Prize.
1990 Korean Contemporary Prints Public Subscription, First Prize.
The 9th Korean Grand Arts Exhibition, Second Prize.
Space International Miniature Prints Biennial, Grand Prize.
Grand Prix winner of the 11th triennial (Tallinn City Gallery, Estonia)

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea)
Seoul Museum of Art (Korea)
Municipal Museum of Arts (Hungary)
The Korea Development Bank (Korea)
International Centre of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana)
The Art Museum of Estonia (Tallinn)
HanWhan Museum (Korea)
British Museum (Great Britain)