Christine Park Gallery,Gunwoo Shin 1 + 1 Projects: solo booth presentation at Art 021 Shanghai, 2015


Matador (triptych), 2015
Acrylic on resin on aluminum in wooden box
120 x 70 x 20 cm; 120 x 140 x 20 cm; 120 x 70 x 20 cm

Christine Park Gallery is delighted to announce its participation in the third edition of Art 021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China. To mark the gallery’s first appearance at an art fair held in mainland China we will present a solo booth project by Korean artist Gunwoo Shin. The presentation will include three-dimensional painted reliefs, sculpture and paintings.

Gunwoo Shin is an emerging artist known for work that presents truly diverse artistic imaginations to realistic subject matter. Shin’s practice wavers between sculpture and painting, constantly negotiating and redefining the boundary between plain and solid. His work is based on specific incidents and situations in reality, which the artist uses to create mental landscapes on the crossroad between the conscious and the unconscious. Reality and surreality converge to present an expanded alternative to everyday life, similar to memories or dreams, and disparate and banal objects are given vitality by the artist’s imagination.

Shin’s works present the viewer with a complex visual spectacle of intermingling layers of reality and surreality. Consequently, a Freudian tension between the unbridled passion of the unconscious and circumscribed restraint of the conscious is brought to the fore. In Matador dismembered human limbs protrude from the landscape and bodies intertwine in a sprawling mass of human, animal and object.

Standing serene in the centre of the composition a woman looks out at the viewer with a carefully composed expression. She appears dislocated from the rest of the scene both emotionally and physically as she protrudes from the surface, yet still remains locked in place by the physical construction of the relief. The work combines photograph, sculpture and painting to heighten the visual complexity and facilitate its dramatic narrative.

Visual incongruities are rife in Shin’s compositions as classical motifs converge with tenets of modern life. In his three-dimensional relief, Crow’s ordeal, two cherubs appear to interrupt two uncontemporaneous wrestlers, and a decapitated head rests on a table surrounded by disengaged, unidentifiable individuals.

“나의 작업은 현실에서 벌어지는 어떤 특정한 사건, 상황에 기반하여 기억이나 꿈과 같은 의식과 무의식이 교차하는 지점의 심리적 풍경들을 그려낸다. 나는 나 자신이 일상을 살아가는 과정에서 느끼는 감정과 생각들을 바탕으로, 현실적 소재에 다양한 예술적 상상력을 더해 현실과 초현실의 세계를 자유로이 넘나들며 일상 속에 무뎌진 감각들을 일깨우는데 주의를 기울이고 있다. 나는 ‘타자’와 ‘나’의 경계를 넘나들면서 서로에게 소통되지 못하고 다르게 인식되었던 이야기들을 채집하고, 변형하고 제시함으로써 그 차이를 인정하고, 새로운 ‘나’를 발견하며 재인식한다. 그리고 나의 상상력으로 인해 새롭게 생명력을 가지게 된 오브제들은 평면과 공간을 넘나들며 펼치는 축제를 통해 확장된 대안을 제시한다.” (작가노트)


크리스틴 박 갤러리에서 처음으로 상하이의 the third edition of Art 021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair에 출품한다. 한국의 신건우작가의 작품들을 이번 페어에서 솔로 부스로 만나볼 수 있다. 이번 전시는 입체, 조각,그리고 회화작품을 포함한다.

신건우작가(1978)는 현실적 소재에 다양한 예술적 상상력을 더하는 작품으로 알려진 떠오르는 한국현대미술가이다. 신건우작가의 시도는 회화와 조소의 경계를 흔들고 새롭게 재정의한다. 그의 작업은 현실에서 벌어지는 어떤 특정한 사건, 상황에 기반하여 의식과 무의식이 교차하는 지점의 심리적 풍경들을 그려낸다. 또한 그는 현실과 초현실의 세계를 넘나들며  기억과 꿈과 같은 일상생활의 확장된 대안을 제시하기 위해 집중한다.

[번역 .변윤하 기자]



Matador III (triptych), 2015
Acrylic on resin on aluminum in wooden box
120 x 70 x 20 cm


Yves, 2015
Figment on resin, neon light
165 x 40 x 40 cm
Edition of 7 + 2 AP

However, what appears incomprehensible and multifarious is in fact carefully curated by the artist who must calculate the size and position of each section of relief before beginning their production. Therefore, different realities are combined demonstrating the artist’s unique perspective on common subject matter, in this case influenced by the biblical story of Judith.
In addition to sculpted reliefs, Shin presents new paintings that recall his early work and present a different perspective on his current practice. Although offering more opportunity for spontaneity Shin’s paintings are intimately connected to his sculptural work. Each painting is layered with geometric applications of bright colour, fragmentary figures, painted backdrop and abstract marks scratched into the surface of the aluminium. In Camden a centrifugal force acts upon the abstract shapes to create a sense of depth, generating a dynamism and sense of three-dimensionality reminiscent of relief sculpture.


Glasshill (detail), 2015
Mixed media on aluminium
122 x 160 cm

About the artist
Gunwoo Shin (b.1978) is a Korean artist based in Seoul. Shin received a BFA and an MFA in Sculpture from the College of Fine Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea and an MFA in Sculpture from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK. He also received the ‘Land Securities Award’ (UK) in 2009.
Since his first solo exhibition at Kwanhoon Gallery in Seoul in 2006, his subsequent solo exhibitions include All Saints, Gallery Koo, Seoul (2015), Watch the Butterfly Falling, Shin Gallery, New York (2014), BLITZ, Gallery 2, Seoul (2013), Kaleidoscope, Gallery Hyundai Window Projects, Seoul (2011). Selected group exhibitions include Reality in the Reality, Art Space Jungmiso, Seoul (2014), Korea Tomorrow 2012, Seoul Arts Centre (organised by Hzone) (2012), House of the nobleman- The Return, Boswell House, London (2011), and Threshold to everyday-life, La Cave, Geneva (organised by OVA) (2010). His works are included in private and public collections such as Seoul Museum of Art, Gwangju Museum of Art, and The Franks- Suss Collection.

About us
Christine Park Gallery is a young gallery dedicated to supporting both emerging and established UK and international artists. Located in the heart of Fitzrovia, London’s burgeoning art hotspot, the gallery has an extensive programme of solo shows, conceptually curated group exhibitions, and special installations. With a constantly developing roster of innovative artists the gallery prides itself on exhibiting works in a range of media, seeking to provoke cross-disciplinary debate and extend the boundaries of the current contemporary art scene.
Our vision is to provide a platform to allow artists to develop and gain greater recognition. Therefore, as well as providing a commercial space that artists can use as a canvas to realize their projects and present their works to the public, we actively foster relations with art foundations, public museums and private clients. For further information and press inquiries, please contact Christine Park at

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