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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Wong Ping: Hong Kong Fables Ocula Conversation Wong Ping: Hong Kong Fables

There is something irrepressibly compelling about the lewd animated videos of Wong Ping. Is it their flat surfaces rendered in popping colours? Or their dark narratives that resonate with the deepest recesses of the human psyche? They have been included in an impressive repertoire of group exhibitions in recent years, including One Hand Clapping at...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Kim Yong-Ik

b. 1947, South Korea

Korean artist Kim Yong-Ik (김용익) has led a diverse career, from his 'Plane Object' series from the 1970s, geometric compositions from the 1980s, polka dot paintings from the 1990s, and appropriations of his earlier works in the recent decades. Although Kim has witnessed the emergence of various art movements in Korea firsthand, including Dansaekhwa and the Minjung art movement, also known as 'People's Art', he has remained independent, instead committing his work to a constant self-critique and questioning of existing art institutions.

Kim first garnered attention with his 'Plane Object' series in the mid-1970s, a series of fabric works he conceived while still an undergraduate student at Seoul's prestigious Hongik University. Created by airbrushing large pieces of cloth stretched or hung on the walls, Plane Object transforms the flat surface of painting into a three-dimensional object. Kim also became known as a student to Park Seo-Bo, a leading figure of Dansaekhwa or monochrome painting movement in Korea.

Kim's career in the 1980s coincided with a turbulent chapter in modern Korean history. In 1979, President Park Chung-hee was assassinated and his military dictatorship was replaced by that of Chun Doo-hwan, who brutally oppressed political dissents and regulated the press. Two years later, Kim was invited to participate in the 1st Young Artists Exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, where he made an exception to his generally apolitical stance: instead of showing 'Plane Object' as planned, the artist displayed his work in cardboard shipping crates with labels to inform the viewer of their content. While this untitled work paid an homage to Duchamp, whom Kim admires, it was also interpreted by some critics as a protest against government censorship.

The following two decades witnessed an emergence of various art movements in Korea, notably the Minjung art movement, also known as 'People's Art', of the 1980s. Overtly political and populist, the movement opposed Western modernism and advocated for a return to traditional Korean culture for inspiration. Refusing to conform to either modernism or Minjung art, Kim maintained a critical perspective on both and utilised painting as a tool to interrogate existing decrees of contemporary art. During this period, he focused on formalist concerns, experimenting with sharp-edged geometric compositions.

In the early 1990s, Kim began his iconic polka dot series, which consists of paintings that typically feature an arrangement of circles. Although the overall composition of Kim's polka dot paintings may recall the monochrome paintings of his teacher Park Seo-Bo or Kwon Young-Woo, the mechanical quality of his dots differ from the others' in the visibility of the artist's hand. Kim's dots are also juxtaposed with material imperfections such as dirt, scribbles, drips of paint and doodles: in Apocalypse of Modernism #13 (2016), the otherwise neat grid of dots reminiscent of early modernist paintings is disrupted by paint that the artist has intentionally spread to stain the canvas.

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Closer... Come Closer... by Kim Yong-Ik contemporary artwork
Kim Yong-IkCloser... Come Closer..., 1992 Acrylic, metallic powder on canvas
182 x 227 cm
Kukje Gallery
Untitled by Kim Yong-Ik contemporary artwork
Kim Yong-IkUntitled, 1990 Mixed media on canvas
181.5 x 227 cm
Tina Kim Gallery
Closer...Come Closer... by Kim Yong-Ik contemporary artwork
Kim Yong-IkCloser...Come Closer..., 1990 Mixed media on canvas
130 x 162 cm
Kukje Gallery
Untitled 18-3 by Kim Yong-Ik contemporary artwork
Kim Yong-IkUntitled 18-3, 2018 Lithograph on BFK Rives 100% cotton paper
63 x 83 cm
Cahiers d'Art
Untitled 18-6 by Kim Yong-Ik contemporary artwork
Kim Yong-IkUntitled 18-6, 2018 Lithograph on BFK Rives 100% cotton paper
63 x 83 cm
Cahiers d'Art
Untitled 18-1 - 18-6 by Kim Yong-Ik contemporary artwork
Kim Yong-IkUntitled 18-1 - 18-6, 2018 Portfolio of 6 unique handpainted lithographs
63 x 83 cm
Cahiers d'Art
Utopia by Kim Yong-Ik contemporary artwork
Kim Yong-IkUtopia, 2018 Portfolio of 6 unique handpainted lithographs
60 x 80 cm
Cahiers d'Art

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, For Mario at Tina Kim Gallery, New York
Open Now
28 June–23 August 2019 Group Exhibition For Mario Tina Kim Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Kim Yong-Ik, Speaking of Latter Genesis at Tina Kim Gallery, New York
Closed
3 May–15 June 2019 Kim Yong-Ik Speaking of Latter Genesis Tina Kim Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Kim Yong-Ik, untitled utopias at Cahiers d'Art, Paris
Closed
12 April–1 September 2018 Kim Yong-Ik untitled utopias Cahiers d'Art, Paris

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Kim Yong-Ik Ocula Conversation Kim Yong-Ik Artist

Kim Yong-Ik is the understated rebel of the Korean art world. Over his 40-year career as an artist, writer, and curator, Kim has resisted categorical affiliation with dominant art movements in Korea, from the monochromatic and minimalist paintings associated with Dansaekhwa, to the sociopolitically concerned Minjung or 'people's art' in the 1980s....

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In Related Press

STILL VALID: INTERVIEW WITH KIM YONG-IK Related Press STILL VALID: INTERVIEW WITH KIM YONG-IK ArtAsiaPacific : 10 November 2017

Kim Yong-Ik is known as the artist who sought to define his own trajectory beyond the two movements that dominated South Korean artistic thought throughout the 1980s—Dansaekhwa ('monochrome' painting) and the opposing, populist Minjung misul ('people's art'). Kim was also an activist who protested Park Chung-Hee's dictatorship in the 1960s...

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Gallery Weekend Korea Related Press Gallery Weekend Korea Art Agenda : 23 November 2016

Where the phrase 'gallery weekend' might once have euphemized a romantic indiscretion, or announced a Happening, it now connotes a program of events coordinated to attract a small but influential international audience to a city with aspirations to the status of a cultural hub. Korea’s contribution to this increasingly popular...

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In Video & Audio

Installation video of Kim Yong-Ik at Kukje Gallery Related Video & Audio Installation video of Kim Yong-Ik at Kukje Gallery Kukje Gallery : 8 December 2016

Kim Yong-Ik's practice perfectly embodies the vital importance of post-Dansaekhwa artists in Korea, and the exhibition will present approximately thirty new works, produced within the last two years, that present a clear reframing of his practices by reappropriating past ideas. While new, the works link directly to Kim's long career and his...

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Exhibition trailer of Kim Yong-Ik at Kukje Gallery Related Video & Audio Exhibition trailer of Kim Yong-Ik at Kukje Gallery Kukje Gallery : 8 November 2016

The majority of the works in the exhibition were produced in 2015 and 2016. Each work shares one of the following five titles that directly frame Kim's transformation: Apocalypse of Modernism, In the Lingering Shadow of Lies, Thinner...and thinner..., After 20 years, and Utopia. Produced by reinterpreting and reediting past projects, the artist has...

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