KCC UK Exhibitions: Hoyeon Kang

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The Korean Cultural Centre UK is proud to announce that Hoyeon Kang has been selected for the 2016 Spring Open Call Exhibition. His proposal was chosen from over 135 applicants and we are looking forward to this exciting instalment in our Open Call exhibition programme.

Born in Chung-Ju in 1985, Hoyeon Kang lives and works in Seoul and London. He graduated with a B.F.A. from Seoul National University and was subsequently selected as a recipient of a Korean funded scholarship (2014) to study at the Royal College of Arts, MA Sculpture. His previous exhibitions include: OCI Museum (Korea, 2015), Songeun Art Space (Korea, 2015), DMA Art Centre (Korea, 2014).

As the winner of the KCCUK ‘2016 Spring Open Call’, Kang will present his first solo show in the UK (19 April ~ 28 May 2016) where he will recreate extraordinary experiences of imagined nostalgia by suggesting novel ways to sense familiar objects. He will be exhibiting a series of interactive synesthesia installation works which are explore various senses from everyday objects. Through experiencing these multisensory works, audiences will recall the memories which their bodies remember.

Jurors Sunghwan Kim (artist), Katrina Schwarz (Curator, British Council) and Mark Rappolt (Editor-in-Chief, ArtReview) applauded all the applicants for the strengths of their artistic practices. However, the jury decided to give a solo exhibition opportunity to Hoyeon Kang in recognition of his ambitious and thorough articulation of his practice. They found his unconventional and humorous way to recognize our actual lives worthy of a solo presentation. The jury unanimously saw his potential to create an exciting solo show which will convey alternative ways of human recognition by creating and experience that is both topical and compelling.

The KCCUK Open Call is an annual exhibition programme at the Korean Cultural Centre UK that defines itself as a springboard for emerging artists of Korean origin whose opportunities of presenting their practices are becoming rare in the competitive UK art scene. In heightening the attention drawn to UK-based Korean artists through individual and collaborative works, the programme is open to various forms of creative artistic expression and communication.

Hoyeon Kang’s Spring Open Call Exhibition will be run from 19 April – 27 May 2016 at the Korean Cultural Centre UK

Mark Rappolt is the Editor-in Chief of ArtReview and ArtReview Asia. The former having been in publication since 1949 and the latter of which he cofounded in 2013. His writing has appeared in a number of publications and includes catalogue essays on Slater Bradley, Alex Katz, David Cronenberg and women artists of the 1960s, amongst others. Books include monographs on the architects Greg Lynn and Frank Gehry.

Katrina Schwarz is Curator, Visual Arts for the British Council, a writer and editor. Formerly Editor of Art & Australia, Katrina relocated to London from Sydney in 2008. Katrina is Curator of ‘David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind’, an international touring exhibition, currently on show in Mexico, which will travel to Korea later in 2016. Katrina was Deputy Curator of Sarah Lucas: I SCREAM DADDIO, British Pavilion, 2015 Venice Biennale. A recent highlight was the devising and delivery of an exhibition and exchange linking UK artist-run spaces (Auto Italia, Eastside Projects, Banner Repeater) and the Johannesburg art scene. Katrina has edited publications for Artangel and Whitechapel Gallery, curated an exhibition of artist film for the Barbican’s Australian Film Festival and for a cycle-powered cinema for the City of Sydney. For the 2011 Venice Biennale, Katrina coordinated the first national pavilion for Zimbabwe. Significant publications include Current: Contemporary art from Australia and New Zealand (2008).

Sung Hwan Kim was born in 1975 in South Korea; he lives and works in Berlin, Seoul, and New York. He was a fellow at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (2004/2005). He is a recipient of Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD (2015). In 2015, Kim and David Michael DiGregorio inaugurated Asian Arts Theater, Gwangju, with their operatic theatre piece, 피나는 노력으로 한 [A Woman Whose Head Came Out Before Her Name]. His solo exhibitions include Life of Always a Mirror, Artsonje Center, Seoul (2014); Sung Hwan Kim, The Tanks at Tate Modern, London (2012); Line Wall, Kunsthalle Basel (2011); Sung Hwan Kim, From the Commanding Heights…, Queens Museum, New York(2011); A Still Window From Two or More Places, Tranzitdisplay, Prague (2010); Golden Times Part 2: Sung Hwan Kim, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2009); Pieces from In the Room, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2009); Sung Hwan Kim: In the Room,Gallery TPW, Toronto (2009).

Date: 19 April – 27 May 2016
Venue: KCCUK