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Beomsik WON (원범식) Artist Biography

Artist Statement



ARCHISCULPTURE
 René Descartes viewed as beautiful the order and coherency of structures designed by a single architect; the purpose of the Archisculpture  Photo Project, however, is to create architectural sculptures by collaging photographs of diverse architectural works from various architects. In this way, Archisculpture  Photos are both similar and different to the organic romanticism of old cities built through the works of myriad architects, for they represent the artist's subjective interpretation and decisions regarding various architects' numerous designs. If a photograph has a "punctum," then clearly the architectural works used here will in certain ways be the artist's "punctum" and their assemblage will be the  Archisculpture  Photo. These works may also locate and bring together structures with political, economic, or social significance, creating through the work's "studium" the illusion of a metropolis. Like collectors who arrange and classify their acquisitions with great care, artists analyse selected city fragments gathered from here and there and with them create their sculptures. What exist now as disparate structures are reborn as beautiful sculptures which retain their diachronic or synchronic histories, or else encompass it all. As Russian film director Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein explained in relation to the montage technique, the collaging employed in this process creates through the collision of disparate elements stories that before remained beneath the surface. In essence, however, it is a photograph of a nonexistent, architectural sculpture.

Echo-Image-Sense
Echo-Image-Sense series is a project that seeks to visualise consciousness using photographic media and computer graphics software, assuming that invisible human consciousness has a shape. It finds the basis on materialisation of consciousness that must be preceded by visualisation through searching various perspectives of human consciousness on philosophy and science theories, and through this process, considers the way to explain ‘qualia’, which causes us to feel consciousness as non-material, in accordance with the laws of physics. Two ‘thought experiments’ are carried out in this process. The first experiment identifies whether consciousness is created in humans under the influence of ‘sensory deprivation chambers’ in which all sensory causes are erased. Second, a visual sensation experiment is performed to identify what attributes of qualia human beings feel. Experiments have shown that human consciousness may not exist fundamentally, and that what we consider to be consciousness is only ‘residues of sense’. The fact that residues of sense are not transempirical subjects, but physical elements that can be explained by natural science, is a phenomenon by which consciousness is materialised. Even with the materialisation of consciousness, mediation for visualisation is needed. Looking at the process of drawing abstract paintings, one finds that images in the painter’s mind are expressed on the canvas through a mediation of ‘residues of sense’ created on the basis of sensory perception and memory. Applying this to the production process of Echo-Image-Sense, invisible human consciousness is visualised by pasting the ‘virtual object image’ created digitally using ‘residues of sense’, which is the same mediation as with abstract paintings, on the human head of a candidly photographed portrait. Various physical elements that affect perception to visualise diverse experiences of consciousness, such as ‘forms symbolising energy’, ‘colours stimulating emotion’, and ‘surfaces reflecting the surroundings or transmitting light’, were found. Echo-Image-Sense series produced using these three elements does not intend to depreciate the value of consciousness by converting it into physical elements, but rather to recognise a clear structure of consciousness based on the quantification of consciousness and discard the ambiguous surplus values.

Archisculpture 010 2012 archival pigment print 70x100 or 120x171cm


Archisculpture 013 2012 archival pigment print 100x70 or 171x120cm


Archisculpture 017 2013 archival pigment print 100x70 or 171x120cm


Archisculpture 019 2014 archival pigment print 70x100 or 120x171cm


Archisculpture 024 2014 archival pigment print 142x100cm


Archisculpture 034 2015 archival pigment print 100x70 or 171x120cm


Archisculpture 043 2015 archival pigment print 100x70 or 171x120cm


Archisculpture 045 2015 archival pigment print 100x70 or 171x120cm


Archisculpture 053 2016 archival pigment print 100x70 or 171x120cm


Archisculpture 055 2018 archival pigment print 142x100cm


Echo-Image-Sense 004 2018 archival pigment print 100x70cm


Echo-Image-Sense 004 2018 archival pigment print 100x70cm


Echo-Image-Sense 004 2018 archival pigment print 100x70cm


Echo-Image-Sense 004 2018 archival pigment print 100x70cm


Echo-Image-Sense 004 2018 archival pigment print 100x70cm


Artist Biography

Born 1972 in Wonju, Republic of Korea
Currently lives in Cheongju, Republic of Korea

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Archisculpture 2019, LGU+ Gallery C(by The Trinity), Seoul, Korea
2018 ECHO-IMAGE-SENSE, Choijungah Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2017 BEOMSIKWON Photography, Gallery KHAN, Goyang, Korea
2016 SCENERY, Soohoh Gallery, Sungnam, Korea
2016 Archisculpture 2016, Gallery Idm, Busan, Korea
2015 Archisculpture 2015, Ilwoo Space, Seoul, Korea
2014 WONBEOMSIK ART EXHIBITION, Cheongju Art Studio Gallery, Cheongju, Korea
2014 Archisculpture Collage, Soohoh Gallery, Sungnam, Korea
2014 Archisculpture Antigravity, Gallery NUDA, Daejeon, Korea
2013 Archisculpture, Toyota Photo Space, Busan, Korea
2013 Archisculpture, Gallery Lux, Seoul, Korea
2008 Dimension Finder, Gallery Lux, Seoul, Korea
2006 On a Journey , Gallery Gainro, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 The Memory of Space, Kimchungup Architecture Museum, Anyang, Korea
2019 Discovery of Play, Gunpo Book Village by Museum SODA, Gunpo, Korea
2018 Pathway to 11 roads-the five seas and the six continents, Seoul Arts Center-Hangaram Art Museum by Soohoh Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2018 Ilwoo Photography Awards Show 2009-2016, Ilwoo space, Seoul, Korea
2018 VERTICAL IMPULSE HORIZONTAL IMPULSE, DAEGU ART MUSEUM, Daegu, Korea
2017 MIXED LIGHTS, SHINSEGAE Gallery Art Wall, Seoul, Korea
2016 HOME GROUND, Cheongju Museum of Art, Cheongju, Korea
2016 Seoul Photo Festival - Seoul New Arirang - Like Thousand Miles of Rivers, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2016 BOHNCHANG KOO, DAESOO KIM, BEOMSIK WON photo exhibition, Soohoh Gallery, Sungnam, Korea
2016 DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE, Daegu Culture & Arts Center, Daegu, Korea
2016 Special Exhibition by Fine Arts Professors, Sookmyung Women’s University, Moonshin Museum, Seoul, Korea
2016 PLEASE RETURN TO BUSAN PORT, VESTFOSSEN KUNSTLABORATORIUM, Vestfossen, Norway
2015 The stream of Korean contemporary art exhibition – Photography, Gimhae Arts and Sports Center, Gimhae, Korea
2014 AMERICAN APERTURE AWARDS, AX3, Photo Independent, Hollywood, USA
2013 Dark to Light by Karen Marr and Laurence Dreyfus, H.M. Tower of London, London, UK
2013 The Secret Garden-CHOI&LAGER Project, LE FUR CHOI, Paris, France
2013 Other Spaces: Re-imagining Architecture, Bosse and Baum Art, London, UK
2012 Now X Here-The 5th UK Korean Artists Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK
2012 The Salon Art Prize 2012-2nd, The Griffin Gallery, London, UK
2012 BRUSH by Greenwold Art, Concrete in Shoreditch, London, UK
2012 The Recent Graduates’ Exhibition by Jessica Hall, Battersea Evolution, London, UK
2012 The Salon Art Prize 2012-1st, Matt Roberts Arts Gallery, London, UK
2012 53 Degrees North Exhibition, The New School House Gallery, York, UK
2012 The AOP Students Awards 2012 Exhibition, Hoxton Gallery, London, UK
2012 Place Not Found, Forman's Smokehouse Gallery, London, UK
2012 Map the Korea-4482, Bargehouse Gallery, London,UK

Awards and Residencies
2014-2015 Cheongju Art Studio, Cheongju, Korea
2013 Winner, The publication Prize at the 5th ILWOO Photo Awards, ILWOO Foundation and HATJE CANTZ, Korea and Germany
2013 The Top 100 Finalists, ART TAKES PARIS, SEE ME, USA
2013 The First Prize (Professional Collage Category), AMERICAN APERTURE AWARDS, AX3, USA
2012 Selected, Now X Here-The 5th UK Korean Artists Exhibition, The Korean Cultural Centre, UK
2012 The MERIT(first) Prize, The AOP Students Awards, UK
2005 The SILVER(second) Prize, The 40th Dong-A Newspaper International Photography Competition, Korea

Public Collections
Daegu Art Museum, Korea
DAELIM Museum, Korea
Goeun Museum of Photography, Korea
SODA Museum, Korea
Ilwoo Space, Korea
Cheongju City Hall, Korea
Law Firm South Square, UK
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Bank, Korea
Gallery Art Space J, Korea
Gallery KHAN, Korea
Gallery MODS, Korea
Gallery Soohoh, Korea
Gallery The Trinity, Korea
Gallery UNION, UK
Numerous Private Collections
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