To Dream, to Collect


Kiwon Park

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

2 Works exhibited

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  • About the Artist

“It is the space itself which I consider the most significant in my artwork. Space, instead of being set as a backdrop, is equally important as the artwork. Hence I try to establish balance between the work and the space. I want the original environment or scenary to remain as it is. I just intend to create a minimum ‘action’ - like a subtle flow of air, or a wind softly brushing over the skin without being noticed, or an irretraceable impression of a passerby.” — From the artist’s note Kiwon Park is Korea’s representative installation artist who takes the idea of spatiality as the main theme as well as the material of his works, by putting together the use of everyday materials and the specificity of a space. Having been awarded “Korea Artist Prize,” in the year of 2010 by National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, he has opened up a new prospect in the field of Korean installation art with his distinctive style that deviates from the mainstream. He was deeply influenced by Post-Minimalism which focuses on the pure property of materials and has since been representing his very idea from it in the simple form of site-specific featured installations. He also pays attention to the history of the place and its interrelationship with the surrounding environment to ultimately evolve his work into a part of the space. In the body of his works, spectators become another significant player which contribute to the completion of works. The author intends for the spectators to break out from a fixed position of passive appreciation, and instead engage actively in completing his works while interacting with the space. Here, Park disseminates the conventional, limited methodology of understanding a work through developing the elements generally perceived as the external parts of the art - such as the material, the process in which a material turns into a work, the form of exhibition in which works are re-established in a space, and the spectators - into the principal internal theme. Kiwon Park, nominated as ‘Artist of the year’ assessed by National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, has recently held his solo exhibition 'Growing Space' at 313 ART PROJECT in 2016. His past solo exhibitions were held at various world renowned institutions including National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon (2010); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2006); Arko Art Center (2006); Museum Folkwang, Essen (2006), and many more. He has also participated in group exhibitions including Esprit Dior, Seoul (2015); Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul (2015); 313 ART PROJECT, Seoul (2014); Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France (2014-2015); East Side Gallery Berlin, Berlin (2014); Amorepacific Museum of Art, Osan (2013); Art 13 London, London (2013); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon (2012); Soma Museum, Seoul (2011); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon (2009); Arco Art Center, Seoul (2009); Leeum Samsung Museum, Seoul (2007), The 51st Venice Biennale, The Korean Pavilion, Venice (2005).

Works by Kiwon Park

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258 x 193 cm


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