Kyung Woo Han - Green House, 2009 (detail) - Courtosy of Gazelli Art House

Kyung Woo Han

Korea, Republic Of

3d Art, Op Art

Kyung Woo Han
Kyung Woo Han
Korea, Republic Of
March 14, 2016
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Some pieces of art need to have a relationship with audiences. They require being defined, perceived and interacted with. The goals of such relationships differ from artist to artist and period to period – early Futurism wanted to anger viewers, Arte Povera tried to criticise our society, the entirety of performance art is based around provoking us etc. The list goes on for quite some time. This characteristic that art possesses really flourished during the 20th century and the approach to doing so was often direct, even aggressive. Works of Kyong Woo Han also require to be seen, but not in a way that most of the above-named cases did – Han doesn’t want us to change or adapt, he wants us to realise how our perceptions and subconsciouses don’t always have to be as honest as we think they are.

Kyung Woo Han -Santiago's Shoes, 2010 - Photo Credits
Kyung Woo Han – Santiago’s Shoes, 2010 – Photo Credits

Han’s Education

Kyung Woo Han was born in Seoul, Korea. Since his earliest teenage years he showed interest in many different fields, exploring his potential through painting, sculpting and filming. Kyung graduated from Seoul National University with a BFA in sculpture. After finishing college he set sail for America and there he continued to study art, concentrating mostly on film. During Han’s stay in Chicago he earned an MFA in Film, Video and New Media (in The School of the Art Institute of Chicago). In 2010, he attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. This extremely broad education is without a doubt the main reason Han’s work is so technically precise – it allowed him to master optical illusion which soon became Han’s main vocal point. Eventually, Kyung became an Assistant Professor at Seoul National University of Science and Technology.

Kyung Woo Han -Star Pattern Shirt, 2011 - Photo Credits
Kyung Woo Han – Star Pattern Shirt, 2011 – Photo Credits

The Power of Illusion

Kyung Woo Han became a multidisciplinary artist. Through combining sculpture, installation and multi-channel video he started making extremely complex works that successfully mastered optical illusion. He constructed many visual pieces, ranging from small 3D letters to huge chunks of walls. Of course, in this field of art, Han certainly hasn’t been the first one to try it, but he has taken it to a whole new level. His most famous work is called Green Room and in it Han achieved the perfect illusion – he constructed a room that upon first glance seems to be half flooded with water. Green Room is made up of symmetrical furniture pieces suspended with wire, giving an illusion of water and reflection. It has an amazing effect, especially when you realise just how little material was used to create such a room (nothing more than a little paint, some movable components and clear wire). Another large part of Han’s art is based on surveillance cameras. Han made a plethora of photographs and videos with sets of cameras and then combined them, resulting in some amazing imagery. All this is very well documented on Kyung’s personal website. During his relatively short career from 2005, Han won a truly impressive amount of awards and recognitions. A full list of his achievements is available on his website. He also managed to display his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Han’s work has been displayed extensively in New York, Chicago, and his home country. It should be noted that he is also incorporated in the collections of the National Contemporary Museum of Art in Korea.

Han created some amazing imagery

Kyung Woo Han -Projected Specimen, 2014 - Photo Credits
Kyung Woo Han – Projected Specimen, 2014 – Photo Credits

Do Not Belive Your Eyes

Han loves playing mind games with his viewers. He literally loves to confuse audiences. That brings us to the beginning of this short biography – Han’s pieces only make sense when there are eyes to observe them. Unlike creating a private painting or a sculpture that never has to leave the studio, Kyung’s art is made specifically to be stared at by people that didn’t make them. And you will stare, questioning where reality ends and bizarre glimpses of a fictional world start. Viewers will learn not to trust their eyes. Han himself put it better than anyone else could: One fact can be interpreted in several ways depending on our perceptions. On the other hand, two different facts can be looked at in the same way. My work deals with perceptions and illusions. Everything we see or know is not absolute.

The artist is represented by Gazelli Art House in London, England.

Kyung Woo Han lives and works in Seoul, Korea.

Featured Image: Kyung Woo Han – Green House, 2009 (detail), Courtesy of Gazelli Art House

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Kyung Woo HunUncommon Sense, Salon de H, Seoul, Koreasolo
2015Single Channel Video Screening in B-Made, Keryoon Han, Kyungwoo Han, Two Person Show B-Made Center, Seoul, Koreagroup
2015New Future, Korea-Indonesia Media Installation Art Exhibition Art:1, Jakarta, Indonesiagroup
2015Sovereign Asian Art Prize Exhibition Hong Kong, Hong Kong Chinagroup
2015201_5 Gamdo Sejong Museum of Art, Seoul, Koreagroup
2014Kyung Woo HunI MIND, Song Eun Art S_x0008_pace, Seoul, Koreasolo
2014The Brain Daejon Museum of Art, Daejon, Koreagroup
2014Human,Space,Machine. Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul, Koreagroup
2014Busan Biennale : Inhabiting the World Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Koreagroup
2014Simultaneous Echoes Fortabat Art Collection Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentinagroup
2014Liquid Times : Contemporary Art of Korea and China Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Koreagroup
2013New Scenes Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Koreagroup
2013The Aesthetics of Imitation Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul, Koreagroup
2013Photosight National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Gwacheon, Koreagroup
2013Once upon a time, Vittorio Corsini, Kyung Woo Han Two Person Show Gazelli Art House, London, UKgroup
2013The Future of Techno-Imagination Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Koreagroup
2013We are just bits One and J Gallery, Seoul, Koreagroup
2012Kyung Woo HunStandard Disorder, Salon de H, Seoul, Koreasolo
2012The Unseen, Guangzhou Triennial Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Chinagroup
2012Art Spectrum 2012, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Koreagroup
2012SeMA Blue 2012 : 12 Events for 12 Rooms Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Koreagroup
2012Plastic Days Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Koreagroup
2012Keeping it Real Cu Art Museum, Boulder, COgroup
2011Kyung Woo HunRed Cabinet, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Koreasolo
201111th Song Eun Art Award Exhibition Song Eun Art Space, Seoul, Koreagroup
2011Asia Unspecific Five Myles, Brooklyn, NYgroup
2011Mr. Rabbit in Art Land Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Koreagroup
2011Still or Sparkling Gazelli Art House, London, UKgroup
2011Blind Spot, Kyung Woo Han, Moon Ho Lee Two Person Show Salon de H, Seoul, Koreagroup
2010Extended Senses Gallery Loop, Seoul, Koreagroup
2010Jack in the Space Dean Project, Long Island City, NYgroup
2008Movement Smith College Museum of Art, Northhampton, MAgroup
2008The Bridge, GANA 25th anniversary exhibition Insa Art Center, Seoul, Koreagroup
2008How Soon is Now The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NYgroup
2007Contemporary Korean Artists in New York Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Koreagroup
2007Fresh Illusions White Box, New York, NYgroup
2007Breathe in Between, Kyung Woo Han, Eun Sun Lee Two Person Show Dead Tech, Chicago, ILgroup
2007Conversations at the Edge Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, ILgroup
2006Kyung Woo HunDisplacement, LG space, Chicago, ILsolo