Osang Gwon
South Korea, b.1974


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After his 1998 photography-sculpture Deodorant Type series, Gwon Osang took a major step forward in the concept of photography and sculpture with The Flat series in 2003. Gwon's earlier works, Deodorant Type series, employed the process of taking over 1000 photographs were selected to create a sculpture. However, the artist's recent works take this process a step further by borrowing and transforming internet images that have been taken by others rather than himself. The Flat series features cut-outs of images that appear most frequently in advertisements, such ad watches, jewelry and make-up. The pieces of cut-out paper are fixed with simple wire structure, each becoming an individual sculpture. Then the installation is photographed into a flat surface, becoming both photograph and sculpture.

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Photographic Source, South Korea, Open Form, Sculpture, Large-Scale Sculpture, Collage, Scale Art, Photography, Relief

Curriculum Vitae

Educations
2004
MFA, Sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul
2000
BFA, Sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul
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Solo Exhibitions
2016
The Sculpture, ARARIO GALLERY, Shanghai
2015
The Pivots, ARARIO MUSEUM in Tapdong Bike shop, Jeju
2014
Structure, Perigee Gallery, Seoul
2013
Osang Gwon, Temenggong Artists in Residence, Singapore
2012
Osang Gwon, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul
2011
Adore, Aando Fine Arts, Berlin
2010
Torso, Gallery 2, Seoul
2009
Deodorant Type, ARARIO GALLERY, New York
2008
Deodorant Type: Sculpture by Osang Gwon, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
2007
Osang Gwon, ARARIO GALLERY, Beijing
2006
The Sculpture, ARARIO GALLERY, Cheonan, Korea
2005
Deodorant Type & The Flat, Andrew Shire Gallery & 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles
2001
Deodorant Type, Insa Art Space, The Korea Culture& Arts foundation, Seoul
Deodorant Type, Doosan Gallery, New York
Sculpture, Doosan Gallery, Seoul
Masspatterns, 13 S/S Collaboration Exhibitions #03, MANMADE WOOYOUNGMI, Seoul
Postmodern Times, HADA Contemporary, London
Osang Gwon: The Deodorant Type, Statoil Art Programme, Statoil, Bærum, Norway
Osang Gwon, JOYCE PARIS, Paris
New Structure, Okinawa Contemporary Art Center, Okinawa
New Structure and Relief, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul
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Group Exhibitions
2016
Jaguar XJ Rare Design Studio, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul
2015
Liful Minimal Garments, 10 Years of Passion: Our Memory, Horim Art Center, Seoul
2014
Pillars, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul
2013
The Velocity of Sculpture, BSSM Baiksoonshil Museum, Paju, Korea
2012
Topos-Metaphor, Moran Museum of Art, Namyangju, Korea
2011
Artists with Arario Part 1, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul
2010
Memories of Future, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
2009
Art & Techne, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2008
Youth Portraits, Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich
2007
Mad Love, Arken Museum for Modern Art, Copenhagen
2006
Give Me Shelter, Union Gallery, London
2005
Beautiful Cynicism, ARARIO GALLERY, Beijing
2004
Young Artists from Korea, China and Japan, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
2003
Unique, Gallery VU, Paris
2002
ORIENT-EXTREME, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
2001
Silence of the City, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2000
Join & Expression, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, Korea
1999
Hoboo-Hohyung, Art Sonje Center, Seoul
Vacuum-packed Exhibition, Alternative Space in the Loop, Seoul
Transition of the Century, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
Ji-Rok-Wi-Ma, Seonam Museum, Seoul
Error Interchange, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
Alchemy, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
Family, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Mirror of daily, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
Area of Photograph, Sendai mediatheque, Sendai, Japan
Area of Photograph, Museum of Art Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Mobile, Alternative Space Care Of, Milan
Facing Korea-ID, FOAM (Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam), Amsterdam
Out the Window, Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo
Real Reality, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
UNUSUAL COMBINATION, Plus Gallery, Nogoya
Officina Asia, Galleria d’arte moderna, Bologna
Seoul; Until Now, Charlottenborg Udstillingbygning, Copenhagen
Urban Reviews Seoul: Space, People, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen(ifa), Stuttgart, Berlin
Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago
Wonderland: Contemporary Korean Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
Asian Art Triennale, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Conflicting Tales - Inaugural Exhibition of the Burger Collection, Zimmerstrasse, Berlin
Manipulating Reality, The Center for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence
Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
A POSITIVE VIEW, Somerset House, London
Present Tense: An Imagined Grammar of Portraiture in the Digital Age, The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
On the Cutting Edge - Aspects of Korean Contemporary Photography, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung
New York Photo Festival 2010, Smack Mellon, New York
Man Ray’s Photography & His Heritage, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
roundabout, Conversations in art from around the globe, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Negotiations, Today Art Museum, Beijing
Korean Eye: Fantastic Ordinary, Saatchi Gallery, London ; The Arts House, Singapore; The Seoul Museum of Art, Gyeonghuigung, Seoul; The Korea Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul
Collector’s Stage, Singapore Art Museum-Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, Singapore
The Purpose of Life, Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Korea
The Korean Miracle: A Cultural Evolution, Asia House, London
On Manner of Forming, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta
Jin(to Advance).Tong(to Communicate). Contemporary Korean Art since the 1990s, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
Re-Opening DOOSAN Gallery Seoul, DOOSAN Gallery, Seoul
Thoughts on Body, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul
Landscape of Moment, Seongnam Arts Center, Seongnam, Korea
The Public’s Extended, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul
The Hero, Seoul Museum, Seoul
K – pop : Korean Contemporary Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
Korean Portraiture: Beyond the Memories, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Wanju, Korea
Beyond and Between, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Medium at Large, Singapore Art Museum-Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, Singapore
Busan Biennale Special Exhibition. (Biennale Archive): Voyage to Biennale – 50 years of Korean Contemporary Art in Overseas Biennales), Busan Cultural Center, Busan, Korea
Collage Art: Weaving Stories Blending Images, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Lies on Lies: on Photography, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Peaceminusone, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Commemorative Exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of Liberation: the Great Journey with the Citizens Uproarious, Heated, Inundated, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Dream Society – Originability, Seoul Museum, Seoul
Tech 4 Change, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratoriumn, Vestfossen, Norway
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Grants & Awards
2012
Kim Se Choong Sculpture Prize
2010
Photograph Critique Awards
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Collections
Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Universal Music Group, United States
The Zabludowicz Collection, United Kingdom
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
Stat Oil, Norway
Ssamzi Collection, Korea
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
Samsung Fine Chemical, Korea
Roundabout Collection, United States
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Korea
Laurence Geoffrey’s, Korea
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea
Embassy of Switzerland, Korea
David Roberts Art Foundation, United Kingdom
Busan Museum of Art, Korea
Burger Collection, Germany
Art Sonje Center, Korea
Asano Institute, Japan
ARARIO MUSEUM, Korea
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Osang Gwon: Recontemporary

Osang Gwon: New Structure and Relief