b. 1972, South Korea

SungHong Min Biography

The varied and theatrical practice of SungHong Min is filled with uncanny absurdities in detailed installations that meditate on what is visible and what's hidden in the contemporary social landscape.

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Early Years

SungHong Min was born in 1972 in South Korea. He graduated from Chu-Gye University for the Arts, Seoul, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999. Five years later, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute.

For both his undergraduate and graduate degrees, SungHong Min specialised in painting, however, even early works such as The Island (2002) include sculptural elements. Over the course of his career to-date, the artist has retained a painterly approach while working predominantly in the three-dimensional.

SungHong Min Artworks

SungHong Min's sculptural vocabulary spreads out into a diverse range of intricate and often site-specific approaches. Gathering together items generally regarded as detritus to forge new connections and meanings between objects, the artist reflects on visibility and invisibility in photo collage, drawing, sculpture, and installation.

The 'Overlapped Sensibility' series

The concept of overlapping is key, both conceptually and materially, to SungHong Min's practice. In his 'Overlapped Sensibility' series, this motif is combined with his recurring use of the figure of the bird as an allegorical stand-in for the human social ecosystem.

In Overlapped Sensibility: Imbued (2015), a bird stands like a weathervane at the top of an illuminated roof structure, while a flock huddles inside. A birdhouse cast from a human home, the structure is architecturally reminiscent of medieval churches.

In Overlapped Sensibility: Carousel (2015), the birds reappear as ceramic bird heads resting atop wooden plinths of different shapes and sizes. The collection of figures is perched within a white motorised carousel, in reference to writer Haruki Murakami's description of the carousel as a metaphor for the fixed cycles of life, on which humans are trapped until death.

'Drift' works

The connections and divergences between the natural and the constructed landscape represents another cornerstone of SungHong Min's practice. Through a re-examination of standard interpretations of landscapes in the 'Drift' series, the artist seeks to reintroduce an uncertainty to the viewer's perspective.

In Drift_Atypical (2020), SungHong Min has rearranged and combined landscape painting fragments into tent-like structures. These large, suspended shapes are covered in a grid and ringed by tassels, pulling them between the worlds of the clinical, the domestic and the majestic.

For Drift_Exercise for variability (2020), Min has gathered discarded landscape paintings, folded and sewn them, and layered grids on top, offering a literal and conceptual reframing of the landscape.

Awards and Accolades

SungHong Min has been the recipient of multiple residencies and awards. In 2023, SungHong Min was announced as one of 13 artists chosen for the Korean Artists Abroad programme supported by Korea Arts Management Service. In the same year, SungHong Min received the Pakdongjun Prize (Visual Arts), P.D.J Memorial Foundation, Daegu (2023); he also received the SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul (2020); and the Woomin Art Award, Woomin Foundation, Cheongju (2019).

Exhibitions

SungHong Min has been the subject of both solo and group exhibitions.

Solo exhibitions include: Seeming of Seeming, Gallery Chosun, Seoul (2022); Drift_Drifting object, Woomin Art Center, Cheongju (2020); and Overlapped Sensibility, Art Loft, Brussels (2018).

Group exhibitions include: Grid Island, Seoul Museum of Art (2022); Museum Access: Through the Eco-Corridor, Gyunggi-do Museum of Modern Art (2022); the Gwangju Biennale (2018); and D.N.A., Daegu Art Museum (2016).

Website

SungHong Min's website can be found here

Articles

Articles on SungHong Min have been published in various journals, magazines, and newspapers, including ARTnews.

Casey Carsel | Ocula | 2023

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Skin_Layer by SungHong Min contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, mixed media
SungHong Min Skin_Layer, 2022 수집된 오브제, 나무에 채색, 구슬
234 x 108 x 84 cm
Gallery Chosun Contact Gallery
Circulator by SungHong Min contemporary artwork sculpture, moving image
SungHong Min Circulator, 2023 Sigle channel video, sound, 32'42
145 x 83 cm
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가변성을 위한 연습 by SungHong Min contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture, drawing
SungHong Min 가변성을 위한 연습, 2022 Collected landscape painting, ball-point pen, sewing, pigment, marble
63 x 29.5 cm
Gallery Chosun Contact Gallery
가변성을 위한 연습 by SungHong Min contemporary artwork mixed media
SungHong Min 가변성을 위한 연습, 2022 Collected landscape painting, ball-point pen, sewing, pigment, marble
67 x 29.5 cm
Gallery Chosun Contact Gallery
Overlapped Sensibility: Bird by SungHong Min contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
SungHong Min Overlapped Sensibility: Bird, 2022 Ceramic, acrylic on wood
65 x 47 x 42 cm
Gallery Chosun Contact Gallery
Overlapped Sensibility: Bird by SungHong Min contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
SungHong Min Overlapped Sensibility: Bird, 2022 Ceramic, acrylic on wood
64 x 21.5 x 21.5 cm
Gallery Chosun Contact Gallery
Overlapped Sensibility: Bird by SungHong Min contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
SungHong Min Overlapped Sensibility: Bird, 2022 Ceramic, acrylic on wood
35 x 21 x 21 cm
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Overlapped Sensibility: 채우다 by SungHong Min contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
SungHong Min Overlapped Sensibility: 채우다, 2022 Ceramic, acrylic on wood, beads
19 x 27 x 27 cm
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