Kwon Yongju

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Kwon Yongju

Year : 2013
Genre : visual arts


2002  BA University of Seoul, Environmental sculpture

Solo exhibition
2011  Waterfall_Structure of Survival, Munrae Art Factory, Seoul, Korea
2010  Buoylight, Insa art space, Art council Korea, Seoul
2002  Former) Spa, Parking area, Seo-ung medical company, Seoul

Group exhibition
2013  Art on Farm, Jim Thompson Farm, Thailand
          Gunpo International Art Residency, Geumjung pachulso, Gunpo-si
          A House yet Unknown, Art Space Pool, Seoul
          On-Mobility, Gallery Factory, Seoul
2012  Play Time, Culture Station Seoul 284
          So We Side With You. Art Space Pool, Seoul
          Above Your head, below their feet, Seoul New Media Festival, Seoul
          Project – A cabinet in the washing machine, Seodaemungu recycling center
2011  Piece like a river, space 99, Seoul
          music video screening show ‘millions of…’ with mixrice’s publication party,
          ggooollpool, Seoul
2011  No excavation, Art space pool, Seoul,
2010  Honorable Citizen Award, Art space pool, Seoul
          In absentia, Dongduk art gallery
          Day of confidence, art space pool & art space ggooollpool, Seoul
          Seogyo sixty 2010 the imaginary archive – the gaze of 120, gallery sangsangmadang, Seoul
          Daily opening, gallery 175, Seoul
2009  Evanescent Landscape, Tongui-dong, Bo an yeo kwan, Seoul
2008  Spring Art Show, ‘Salon des Refusés’, space C, Seoul

2013  Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
          Gunpo International Art Residency,
          Geumcheon Art Factory, Seoul Art Space, Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture
2011  Gunsan Art Residency, Gunssan, Korea
2010  Ggoollpool, Seoul

Concours / Fellowship
2011  Waterfall _ Structure of Survival, Munrae Art Factory, Seoul Foundation of Art & Culture
2010  Buoy Light, Insa Art Space, Arts Council Korea
          Public art project, ‘dong-dong-dong’, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
2005  Jeune creation 2005, Paris, France

Present : Public Art Group‘Sam Go Ri’, Co-op
2013  SS-Lab, Korea Artists Welfare Foundation
2010  Public art project, ‘dong-dong-dong’, Ministry of culture, Korea
2009  Criticism Workshop for Young Artists, Arts Council Korea


Melting point 2013
Burned & Melted Plastic Chair
60cm x 60cm x 160cm(H)
A House yet Unknown, Art space pool, South Korea

Melting point 2013
Burned & Melted objects
blue chair : 50cm x 50cm x 150cm(H)
table : 120cm x 60cm x 70cm(H)
A House yet Unknown, Art space pool, South Korea

Waterfall _ Structure of survival 2011
object, water pump
Munrae art factory,
Seoul foundation for arts & culture

Monument - Society for a better tomorrow, 2012
painting on carved styrofoam

Waterfall _ Structure of survival 2011
object, water pump
Munrae art factory,
Seoul foundation for arts & culture

Waterfall _ Structure of survival 2011
object, water pump
Munrae art factory,
Seoul foundation for arts & culture

Waterfall _ Structure of survival 2011
object, water pump
Munrae art factory,
Seoul foundation for arts & culture

Amateur Architecture Association, 2010
drawing, cement bricks, variable size
In absentia, Dong duk art gallery

Buoy Light 2010
objects installation, variable size
Insa art space, Art Council Korea

Somebody’s mountain _ We’ll see You at the top 2009
Evanescent landscape, Bo-an Yeo-kwan

Being Urged to Document
Lee Su Yeon, Curator (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art)

Kwon Yongju begins his work from the reality we inhabit. He produces his works by using techniques learned through production of documentaries, public sculpture, and a part-time job installing artworks at a gallery, exploiting common objects he could obtain in his surroundings. He explores harmony between his life and work through an exchange of labor and work, providing viewers with an opportunity to think about what meaning labor has in contemporary society. His endeavor to juxtapose his artistic work with his life displays a social anxiety the present generation shares: people of the present generation tend to consider their work represents themselves. Since 2008 he did not separate artist and worker any more. He used abandoned materials such as construction materials, packing materials, vinyl cloth, paint-pots, and MDF for his works including the <Who’s mountain-We’ll see you at the top series>, displayed at Boan Yeogwan in Tongui-dong, Seoul, and <Buoy-light> series (2010) exhibited at Insa Art Space, constructed by adopting technologies and methods he learned working at his part-time job. Colossal installation works are made with these articles piled up from floor to ceiling. The structures’ close equilibrium harks back to a balance between labor and life. His single-channel video <Knots> features factory scenes at a textile plant in Thailand, dubbed with the voice of his mother who was a factory worker at a textile mill in Korea between the 1960s and 1970s. His mother’s memories and Thai workers’ work showcase labor conditions that have changed very little alongside simple happiness. The artist recently considered how to turn out more products of his labor and work in a more aggressive manner. He engaged actively in exhibition design at <BONUP: Art as Livelihood> (2014), an exhibition held at the Doosan Art Center Gallery with an all-round wall that can be used as a screen or partition. He joined at the 4th Anyang Public Art Project in 2014 as an exhibition designer to rearrange the space of the Kimchungup Museum. In his thesis, An Archival Impulse, Hal Foster pointed out that contemporary artists begin their work from preexisting objects and information, which is one of the characteristic signs of contemporary art. According to Foster, artists create new information and employ their practical experience for their artistic work by using the import of everyday objects. Kwon Youngju can be credited as one of the artists leading the orientation of contemporary art in that he attempts to encapsulate the present generation’s memories of labor and experience while utilizing the meaning of quotidian objects.