Gimhongsok
Korean, born 1964
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Selected exhibitions
2018
Kukje Gallery at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018,
Kukje Gallery
2017
2017 Republic of Kore-Germany Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition Irony & Idealism,
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art
2016
Alice in Crisis,
Dio Horia

Gimhongsok says he is used to “experiencing the world secondhand”: reading Korean translations of English texts or watching Korean interpretations of western television shows. He takes the imperfections and pitfalls of such translations as the starting point for his sculptures, installations, videos, and performances. Most works begin with a piece of text. Stripping that word of its given meaning, he begins to associate it with various objects, building an accumulation of text and objects that eventually suggests a fictive narrative or reality. In Material (2012), the artist plays with a non-textual translation: he translates the form of a balloon into resin. Stacked in a column, the resulting objects resemble buoyant objects; one expects them to topple or weightlessly float away. However, their weight grounds them, disrupting viewers' expectations and creating a fissure between …

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