Shin Gallery is proud to present the first New York Solo Exhibition of Korean contemporary artist, Gun-woo Shin. On View April 24 – June 27, 2014
The mid-career Korean artist, Gun-woo Shin’s multi-media artworks are surrealist and provocative, enough to capture the viewer’s eye in a second and keep it fixed for minutes and even, hours. Shin’s eclectic work is a combination of sculpture, painting, and photography. He begins by underlying a photograph produced in resin that establishes the “mis-en-scene” for the piece, then overlays random spurts of thick paint, fragments of other digital images, and perhaps, most strikingly, 3-dimensional glazed figural sculptures. Such individual elements are seemingly irrelevant to each other: girls are “rock climbing” on a cement wall of what it appears to be an abandoned building; an American soldier with a gun in hand takes center stage; a ballerina is floating in the air upside down; a classical Greek sculpture is fighting a pole of an electric fan; and all the while, a plainly dressed young man walks nondescriptly into the havoc with his eyes fixed on his cellphone. Surprisingly, despite the randomness of the subjects and images, Shin successfully creates a harmonious picture. Instead of fighting for attention, each element seems to be interwoven with each other to create a unified narrative. In such a way, Shin invites the viewers to enter an enigmatic world that traverses time and space, making viewers question and wonder what the story may be.
In the words of the artist, Shin explores “the mental landscapes on the crossroad between the conscious and the unconscious.” He tries to awaken the senses that have been dulled by everyday mundane routines in order to capture the feelings and thoughts that occur in the process of living his day-to-day life. The artist believes he discovers and renews his understanding of himself by collecting, modifying and presenting differently perceived narratives. What is left, then, for his viewers is the freedom and the responsibility to make sense of the perhaps, too real of a snapshot of our irrational and chaotic reality.
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Gunwoo Shin now lives and works in Seoul and in London, UK. After receiving his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Seoul National University, he moved to London to obtain a second Master’s degree in sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art at University College London. He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in prestigious institutions in both Korea and the U.K., including Seoul Arts Centre and Hyundai Gallery.
For additional information visit the Shin Gallery website.