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Koo Bohnchang (Korean, b.1953)
LOT ID: 80924
Ocean 07, 2002

Pigment Print, Archival Pigment Print
40.2 х 51.2 in. (102.11 x 130.05 cm.)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso.
Edition 3 of 10
Lot description
Koo Bohnchang is a Korean photographer from Seoul. He began his working career far removed from the art world. Originally, he studied business administration at the Yonsei University in Korea, but was eventually compelled by his desire to produce art to make a career change. In keeping with this desire, he enrolled at the Fach Hoch Schule in Hamburg Germany, where he embarked on the study of photography and ultimately earned his fine arts degree from this institution. Since then, he has simultaneously produced art and filled teaching positions at a variety of schools including, the Kaywon School of Art and Design, Chung Ang University, Seoul Institute of the Arts, and the London Saint Martin School. Bohnchang has also authored two books one entitled Vessel and the other entitled Every Day Treasures. Bohnchang’s work has been the subject of many solo exhibitions around the world. Bohnchang currently presides as Chairman of the Geonhi Art Foundation in Korea and works as a professor in the Department of Photography and Video at Kyungil University.

Bohnchang’s works reveal his obsession with the finite. He allows for no convergence between the two extremes of the finite and the infinite. Instead, he uses this deep polarization of all things absorbed into the transitory to lend to his work a deep poignancy. His main theme is the transitory, the fleeting, the impermanent.

Bohnchang’s repertoire includes landscape photographs. In his series, "Ocean," he captures the ocean in various states of movement. His photographs show the way in which waves create unique patterns in the water. It is these patterns that differentiate each photograph; however, there is a similitude to each work found in their common subject matter and also their examination of the vast and its relationship to the finite. Though the ocean is seemingly infinite in its expanse, its scope does not remove the fact that it is part of the world. As a natural element, water is deeply entwined with the living and therefore, the mortal. As a result, this series concerns itself with addressing how the world presents itself as a boundless field of existence, but it is simultaneously the opposite, bounded by time, which ultimately consumes all living things.

Ocean 07 by Koo Bohnchang
  • Ocean 07 by Koo Bohnchang
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