Hong Sungchul

Korea, Republic Of 1969

Installation, Sculpture, 3d Art, Digital Art, Prints

Hong Sungchul
Hong Sungchul
Korea, Republic Of
April 10, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Hong Sungchul is a South Korean contemporary artist who embraces modern technologies and various media within his work. Born in 1969, he earned his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from Hong-ik University, Seoul. In 2001 he received his MFA in Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts.

Dialogue of Connectedness

Using various media and modern technology, artist prompts interaction and performance from his viewers. His work is interactive and engages the viewer in a dialogue of connectedness. Communicating the deep desire for human contact within society, his works never fully reveal themselves initially and exude a ghostly quality whereby the visual sense is questioned. The viewer must abandon reliance on their eyes alone and use their bodies and voices to prompt cooperation with the work. Stripping away the isolating experience traditionally encountered within art galleries, Hong initiates a dialogue with and between viewers, instilling the sense of community prized in Korean culture.

String Mirror

In Sungchul’s most famous series of work entitled String Mirror, artist creates three-dimensional sculptures/photographs where images of people are printed across hundreds of elastic strings. Lined up together, strings produce the illusion of a three-dimensional body. Viewed more closely, these bodies become fragmented, and resolve into separate isolated strings. Strung on several rows, the strings give the pieces varied depth that is both delicate and beautifully presented. The segmented images of faceless bodies and intertwined hands are mesmerizing with surprising detail and appear almost lifelike.

Sungchul’s Perceptual Mirror Series

Hong Songchul’s LCD works, the Perceptual Mirror series, with their myriad flickering panels, produce seemingly random, pixelated forms that mimic flashing traffic signals. They imply communication and the physical urban environment, but also echo the energy and speed of urban and virtual life, and indicate a temporary and ephemeral state of being. Each solar LCD units in Perceptual Mirror series, also unsystematically blinks in reaction to the movement of the light energy. In this works artist shows the existential anxiety of individuals amongst the prevalent reification and alienation of capitalist society.

Society of the Spectacle

By developing wide range of works in various interactive media, Sungchul also brings attention to the deformity in the communication in the current “society of the spectacle”. He uses artwork as a form to generate relationship and reanimate communication by continuous interactive portrayal of the desolated individuals in the virtual world.

Hong Sungchul lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Salon3.2014Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghamton, USAGroup
2013Hong Sungchul & Park SeungmoHADA Contemporary, London, UKGroup
2013Life Style 2013Waterfall Gallery, NYC, USAGroup
2013New Waves KoreaTaksu Gallery, Singapore, Group
2012Solid But FluidHADA Contemporary, London, UKSolo
2012Korean EyeSaatchi Gallery, London, UKGroup
2012Out of FrameInteralia, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2012Temporal Being & On Manner of FormingEdwin's Gallery, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2011Solid But FluidGallery IHN, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2011Les Mains déFILent Les Yeux FILentGalerie Orem, Paris, FranceSolo
2011The Korean Miracle: A Cultural EvolutionAsia House, London, UKGroup
2011The Senses: Interactive PerceptionHADA Contemporary, London, UKGroup
2011Korean Collective den Haag 2011Galerie Noordeinde, The Hague, NetherlandsGroup
2011Double DemocracyArt Gwangju, Kwangju, KoreaGroup
2011Korean Collective BaselHall 33, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2010YHD ProjectsSeoul, Korea, Solo
2010Korea TomorrowSETEC, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2010Korean CollectiveAlbemarle Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Hong Sungdo - Hong SungchulErhard Witzel Gallery, Wiesbaden, GermanyGroup
2010RemindYoungeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, KoreaGroup
2010Man Ray & His HeritageSeoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2009From Yeonhui-dongYHD Projects, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2009The Magic of PhotographyHanmi Photo Museum, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2009Shooting ImageKOEX, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008Anxiety and Dynamics of IncompletenessKring, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2008Unusual OneLobby of Hana Bank Head Office, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008Contemporary Korean Photographs 1948-2008National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, KoreaGroup
2008ArtistsWhat is Science for You?, KAIST, Daejon, KoreaGroup
2008Your Mind’s Eye, Digital SpectrumSeoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008Youngeun 2008 Residency & Open StudioYoungeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju, Gyeonggido, KoreaGroup
2008First Step: New Art from KoreaArt Seasons Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2007Perceptual MirrorGallery IHN, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2007Youngeun Artist Relay, Sungchu HongYoungeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, KoreaSolo
2007Mutual InductionKTF Gallery the Orange, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007Text in BodyscapeSeoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007Look & SeeKumho Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006Soft Landing - 7 Artists Meet BMWCAIS Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006EHS projectSejong Center, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006First Anniversary ExhibitionCube Space, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005R-mutationSeoul Arts Center, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005BetweenContemporary Art Museum of Hongik University, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005UnknownStaatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
2005Issues of CriticismPOSCO Art Museum, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2004Contemporary Art Video & InstallationDaegu Art Center, Daegu, KoreaGroup
2004Soul & BowlGallery IHN, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2004Alternative RealitiesEMAF, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2003Fake & FantasyArt Center Nabi, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2003BeautySungkok Art Museum, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2003I, You, USSungkok Art Museum, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2002RGB SHOWKumho Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2002The 2nd Seoul International Media Art BiennaleSeoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2002AlchemySungkok Art Museum, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2001String TongueCalArts, LA, USASolo
2001PeerGallery 825, LA, USAGroup
2001Immediate DistanceMain Gallery, CalArts, LA, USAGroup
2001Great Video InstallationD301 Gallery, Calarts, LA, USAGroup
2001Have a Cool SummerTrack 16, LA, USAGroup
2000White CubeCalArts, LA, USASolo
2000Art Video ScreeningBijou, Calarts, LA, USAGroup