Moo Kwon Han

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Moo Kwon Han

Year : 2013
Genre : new media art
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2006  MFA, School of Visual Arts, Fine Arts, New York, NY
1999  MEd, Dongguk University, Education and Fine Arts, Seoul, Korea
1996  BFA, Dongguk University, Fine Arts, Korea

Solo exhibition
2009  “Discoverer” Defying Gravity; catalog essay by Dan Cameron, Doosan Gallery,
            New York, NY
2009  “Discoverer” CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY
2009  “Diamond Life” two person show, curated by Kurt Mueller, Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2000  “Monologue; Line Zen Choice” Kyung In Museum of Fine Art, Seoul

Group exhibition& screenings
2013  “To deny our nothingness” curator; Carolina Fuente, Berlin Collectives, Gallery Brooklyn,
            Brooklyn, NY
2012  “Night Long” curators, Stefania Zuliani, Maria Giovanna Mancini,
           The Fondazione Filiberto Menna, Salerno, Naples, Italy
2011  “Governors Island Alliance Annual Party” curator; Melissa Levin,
            Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, NYC
2011  “Art OMI Video Exhibition” Art OMI, NY
2010  “Big Screen Project”, curated by Melissa Levin, LMCC, Eventi-A Kimpton Hotel,
            New York, NY
2010  “Floating World” curated by; Erin Donnelly/ Melissa Levin,
            Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Art Center, Governors Island, NY, NY
2009  “VECTOR Issue 2” show in text, Vector Production Inc, Max Protecht Gallery,
            New York, NY
2008  “CUE Benefit” CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY
2007, 2008  “Video Dumbo” curated by Caspar Stracke/ Gabriela Monroy, Galapagos Space,
                      Brooklyn, NY
2007-8  “Counterpoint” curated by Yu Yeon Kim, Galeria U Jezuitow ul. Dominikanska 8, Poznan,
               Poland; Bund18 Creative Center, Shanghai, China; Coreana Museum, Seoul
2006  “Fast Futures” curated by Johan Pijnappel/ Miwako Tezuka,
           Nation Centre for Performing Art, Asia Society Mumbai Centre, Mumbai, India
2006  “Photo New York” “Contingence of the real” by Renee Vara, Leo Kuelbs,
            Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2006  “A Delicate Arrangement” curated by Dan Cameron, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
2006  “Asian Contemporary Art Week; Fast Futures” M.Y. Art Prospects Gallery/
           Asia Society Museum, curated by Barbara London (MOMA),
           Melissa Chiu (Asia Society), Yu Yeon Kim (DMZ)
2006  “Dark Matter” 55Mercer Gallery, New York, NY
2006  “Twenty Eyes” curated by Canada New York Gallery, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2005  “Abstraction” curated by Rachel Guggelberger, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
1999, 2000  Grand Arts Exhibition of Korea, Award, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

Award Grants Prizes & Residency
2011-12  Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace Program, Artist in Residence,
                New York, NY
2011-12  Harvestworks New Media and Technology Lab, Visiting Artist, New York, NY
2010  New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Work Space, Brooklyn, NY
2010  Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC Arts Center, Governors Island,
        Artist in Residence, New York, NY
2010  Puffin Foundation, Grant, Teaneck, NJ
2009  New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artist’s Fellowship
          in Digital/Electronic Arts, NYC
2009  Art OMI International Artists Residency, Ghent, NY
2009  Smack Mellon Hot Picks, Brooklyn, NY
2008-9  CUE Art Foundation, Artist in Residence, New York, NY
2008  Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2008  Skowhegan School Fellowship, John Whitney Payson Fellowship, ME


SELF PROLIFEROUS HIDDEN CELL-VARIATION/ photo,video / variable size / 2013


CELL-unicellular organisms / photo,video / variable size / 2013

CELL-umbrella type

Territorial Dispute-Air raid / photo,video / variable size / 2013

Territorial Dispute-Demolishing Launcher / photo,video / variable size / 2013

Equalizer-New world / hd bluray / variable size / 2010

Love Virus / hd bluray / variable size / 2010

Fortress / hd bluray / variable size / 2010

History of the Body, History of Communication
Tcheon-Nahm park, Chief Curator (Sungkok Art Museum)

Moo Kwon Han explores the possibility of communication and probability of miscommunication through bodies and letters. This unique work of Han has derived from his contact with calligraphy as a child. He has continued his aesthetic, philosophical exploration for the hidden beauty and underlying meaning of letters, portraying hieroglyphic characters with the brush. To the artist, calligraphy and writing was a mental discipline rather than merely a modeling activity to beautify letters. Writing and aphorisms by his ancestors he met through calligraphy thus left distinct marks on his heart. He has enhanced the possibility of communication, aggressively projecting three-dimensional letters onto space-time in a specific way, escaping fixed conventional ways of communication in a limited space such as rendering letters with hand or brush and typing letters with a computer. Studying in the United States he presented a video documenting a performance of repetitively overlapping letters on the ground by stepping or pounding the ground of his place with his feet and body. Traces of his actions of stepping and imprinting specific spelling by using his body hurriedly were cerebral physical patterns. His extremely difficult, unique actions to get over strange letters and cultures is seen as the development of his actions of writing letters on the ground or his cultural practice of writing into a new way of communication in a foreign land. His cerebral attitude to convey timely messages and construct a critical semantic structure corresponds to his epistemological experience, underlining his active will and the possibility of communication. His work titled Epistemology can be seen as a crystallization of his autobiographical history formed through such will and effort. Han’s work is an incarnated trace and accumulation toward the true possibility of communication he comprehends with his body and mind. That is why dynamism stands out in his work. His work is, so to speak, a history of the body and history of communication.