Jeon Joonho is one of the key figures that have brought Korean contemporary art to the attention of the international contemporary art community since 2000. His international reputation was cemented by a series of video works that show people walking around inside the pictures depicted on various national currencies.
Since the early 1990s, Joonho JEON has been noted for his installation works, often consisting of sculptural pieces, video images, and paintings, that showcase his unique re-interpretations of Korean socio-political environment. The artist believes that in order to understand reality, one must surpass the given reality and perceive the subject from a different light. With a humorous and satirical undertone, JEON’s hyper-realistic works mainly focuses on the various incidents from the tumultuous Korean history, from which he attempts to elicit questions from the viewer.
Although the dominant narrative is based on Korean society, the multi-layered reality he depicts remains universal at its core with his commentary on the general conditions of human being. Notable past representations of JEON’s work include, Scai the Bathhouse in Tokyo (2009), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris (2008) and Perry Rubenstein Gallery in New York (2007). Important group exhibitions include The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2009); Moscow Biennial (2009); L’espace Louis Vuitton (2008); Nanjing Triennale, Busan Biennale (2008); Mori Art Museum (2007); Singapore Biennale (2006); Gwangju Biennale (2004). JEON was also the recipient of 2007 Grand Prix of the 27th Biennial of Graphic Art in Ljubljana and 2004 prize at the Gwangju Biennial. His works are included in the public collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Uli Sigg Foundation, Seoul Museum of Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea.
“I am a realist, especially in the sense that I am interested in revealing in my work the lifestyles, desires, conflicts and contradictions of contemporary people using a variety of media.” – Jeon Joonho
Jeon Joonho works will be on display at Gallery Hyunday Seoul starting August 29th through September 28th.
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