seok ho kang
South Korea, b.1971


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seok ho kang has constantly worked on paintings featuring human bodies. The main subject matter of his early works is a human body wearing clothes. In his early works, the human body appears like a torso devoid of a head, arms, and legs. In these works, he effectively removes the hallmarks of a human body by illustrating the surface of a garment that covers it rather than directly depicting the body itself. In this way he unveils the beauty of form and color as well as texture. In addition, he has continued to work on portraying the human body in his series of paintings featuring a variety of images such as a man and woman, front and back profiles, a body wearing underwear, and a naked body. Some paintings feature the characteristic poses of celebrities without revealing their faces. These works showcase the uncanny aspects of his subject matter from his microscopic perspective toward the body, underscoring specific parts of the body without exposing the whole. While all of his works focus on the human body as the most important subject, his statements and writings pertaining to his works and exhibitions clarify that any narrative on the body or the body as his subject matter is not very important. Such an element just works as a trigger for initiating his work. He instead seems to focus on seeking the beauty of form and exploring his own distinctive art and life.

seok ho kang graduated from Seoul National University majoring in Sculpture and has studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf during 2000-2001.

Image courtesy of the artist / Text courtesy of PERIGEE Gallery, Seoul

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Curriculum Vitae

Educations
2001
Kunstakdemie Brief, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
2000
Meisterschuler(Prof.Jan dibbets), Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1995
BFA, Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul
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Solo Exhibitions
2016
space bm, Seoul
2015
Mimesis Art Museum, Paju, Korea
2012
Space Willing N Dealing, Seoul
Gallery 16 bungee, Seoul
2009
Gallery 2, Seoul
2008
brainfactory, Seoul
2006
Kumho Young Artist, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
2005
get up, INSA ART SPACE, Seoul
2004
Suknam Art Award, MORAN GALLERY, Seoul
2003
Gabrielle Heidtmann Gallery, Colognue
doART Gallery, Seoul
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Group Exhibitions
2015
EXHIBITION FOR 9:HELP WANTED, GalleryBundo, Daegu, Korea
2012
Desirable Routine, GALLERYHYUNDAI, Seoul
Shift 2012, Johyun Gallery, Busan , Korea
No, 45 Kumho Young Artist, Kumho Museun of Art, Seoul
2011
Korean Painting, 16 bungee, Seoul
Korean Painting, Gallery FACTORY, Seoul
2010
Seogyo Nanjang 2010, Power of Painting, KT&G Sangsang madang, Seoul
My dears..., Mongin Art Center, Seoul
meet ARKO, ARKO container, Seoul
2009
NOW WHAT, Space Hamilton, Seoul
Proposal for the Preparation, dohjidai, Kyoto
Portraits, MoA, Seoul
2008
I am not Artist, 2008 Young Korean Artist, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
2007
the edge of sensation, gallery simon, Seoul
2006
propose 7, Kumho Museum Of Art, Seoul
2005
work in Progress, Gallery Factory, Seoul
2000
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
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Grants & Awards
2007
Artist Residence Program, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Goyang), Korea
2005
Kumho Art Studio, Seoul (-2007)
2004
The 23th Annual Suk Nam Arts Award, Suk Nam Arts and Cultural Foundation, Korea
2000
UBS Art Award 2000, Basel, Switzerland
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