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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Hyunsoo Kim

Hyunsoo Kim

1976 Born in Gyeonggi, Korea
2001 B.F.A., Department of sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea
2003 M.F.A., Department of sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea
Currently Lives and Works in Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions
2009 [breik], Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul, Korea
2005 Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Group Exhibitions
2009 Ticktac – Korean Sculpture, Gallery Godo, Seoul, Korea
2008 Solitary Meditation, DOOSAN Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Micro-Narratives, Musée d’Art Moderne of Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne France (Curated by Lorand Hegyi)
Meetings n.1, Hungarian Academy, Rome, Italy
2007 Micro-Narratives, October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia (Curated by Lorand Hegyi)
Volta Show, Gallery HYUNDAI, Basel, Switzerland
2006 Art Beijing 2006–Gallery HYUNDAI, Beijing, China Joongang Fine Arts Prize, Seoul Arts Center Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul, Korea
2004 Korean Fine Arts Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

2007 First Prize on October Salon exhibition, Micro-Narratives, October Salon, Belgrade Serbia (Curated by Lorand Hegyi)
2004 Young Artist Award, Hongik Sculpture Association, Seoul, Korea


Kim’s hyperrealistic sculptures are about his childhood memories and dreams which are seasoned with delicate and subtle sentimentalism. His two human figure sculptures shown here deal with the presence and absence of innocence: an innocent young boy and one whose innocence is taken away by reality.

The young boy with a fair complexion is an innocent being that seems not to be found in reality. Another figure with a heavy horn in his hands is standing in front of the boy as if he were about to sink down. The horn is symbolic of the pains and desires to which one is vulnerably and unavoidably subject to in his or her life, and it is in clear contrast with the fair skin of the innocent young boy.

In his works, the two contrasting figures are reflective of the conditions by which the moderns are confronted. As suggested by the arrow in the hand of the young boy, the social and realistic confinements prevent modern people including himself from realizing their childhood dreams and maintaining their innocence. The will to life has not yet been lost, however, as the figure continues to move forward though slowly without surrendering to the weight of the horn.

Hyunsoo Kim studied sculpture in Hongik University and its graduate school. His works have been shown through the two solo exhibitions he had at Kwanhoon Gallery (2005, Seoul) and Gallery Hyundai (2009, Seoul) and many group shows at DOOSAN Gallery, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, Gallery Hyundai and Ulsan Museum.


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