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Kyunghwa SHON (손경화) Artist Biography

Artist Statement


Kyung Hwa Shon explores the reciprocal relation between a city and the imagination through the eyes of a phantom, ‘Stillman’. For her, this imaginary character, ‘Stillman’ is the eruption of a sudden and strange image appearing on the blink of its own vanishing and as such stands in the very moment of the annihilation of the concrete individual. Tracing the movements of ‘Stillman’ makes the city become an enormous, surreal, even theatrical-like space in which a sense of otherness starts to emerge. She focuses on the instant moment of the unanticipated experiences that are encountered in the everyday, as they are significant factors to unfold into extensions of imagination; oscillating in turn between fiction and reality.


The myriad ambiguous signs and letters in the street and fragmented specular images on shop- window displays are, for her, crucial elements in creating peculiar relationships with the world of things, implying the emergence of the imagination. Through these elements, the infinite boundary of the imagination unleashes the city as unaccustomed, disoriented, and reencountered. Her art practice focuses on the rediscovery of psychological heteromorphic identification, the presence of invisible substance, and fantastic visual experiences emanating from serendipitous moments of glitch in the city. The work implies the opening of the urban landscape to a distinct poetics of the city in which mythology, sign, symbol, voice, text, and trace occurs.


A Neverland of Fragments; A Place of Wordless Things and Thingless Words 2016 LED light, sound included (12’ 30”), Dimensions variable


Every Second In Between 2018 Public Art Commission for White City Place in partnership with Stanhope Plc and Mitsui Fudosan, London, UK.


Every Second In Between 2018 Public Art Commission for White City Place in partnership with Stanhope Plc and Mitsui Fudosan, London, UK.


Every Second In Between 2018 Public Art Commission for White City Place in partnership with Stanhope Plc and Mitsui Fudosan


Every Second In Between (Animation) Public Art Commission for White City Place in partnership with Stanhope Plc and Mitsui Fudosan


Should I put sunglasses on? 2017 Aluminum, bricks, grass, plastic cup, coloured acetate sheets, chalk, polystyrene balls. Sound included


Non-visibility 2014 Phosphorescent powder pigment, gold metallic foil, silver reflective fabric, cage, teeth, bird toy, Sound included Dimensions variable


Visibility, Non-Visibility, Invisibility 2015 Text with phosphorescent powder pigment Dimensions variable


He Needs My Eye Looking At Him. He Needs Me To Prove He’s Alive. 2015 Pink holographic laser fabric 355 x 800 cm


Every Second In Between Digital print on transparent vinyls


Every Second In Between Digital print on transparent vinyls


The Trace of Stillman 2015 Engraved mirror 121 x 140 x 0.6 cm


Chicago City Maze 2009-2011 Acrylic, pen, tape, copper wire, nail, graphite powder on wood Dimensions variable


The City of Fragments Silkscreen on paper and blue chair Dimensions variable


Psychogeographic Contemporary Abstract Landscapes 2013 Acrylic, pencil, copper wire, nail on wood 340 x 486 x 50 cm


Untitled 2013 Wood 176 x 150 x 30 cm


Every Second in the City 2013 Acrylic on wood 174 x 189 x 30 cm (L) /175 x 185 x 30 cm (R)


Artist Biography


Born in Republic of Korea


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Walk with Eyes Closed, Duddell’s Hong Kong, China.

2019 The Blinking of the Eye, HSBC HQ, London, UK.

2018 Every Second In Between, Public Art Commission in partnership with Stanhope, London, UK.

2017 Should I put sunglasses on?, YermilovCentre, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

2017 A Space of the ‘In-Between’: Word, Time, Image, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.

2016 WW SOLO AWARD, WW Contemporary Art, London Art Fair, London, UK.

2016 The Surface of the City and the Depth of the Psyche, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea.

2013 22 Into Drawing; Psychogeographic Contemporary Abstract Landscapes, SOMA Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.

2012 Psychogeographic Abstract Landscapes In London, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK.

2012 Silhouette of the London Landscape, Royal Academy Schools, London, UK.

2010 Fragments of the Chicago City Maze Project, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA.

2007 Soul, Find, Space, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Light, Art, Humanity, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Korea.

2019 Kumho Young Artist: The 69 Times of Sunrise, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.

2018 SWAP: UK/Ukraine, YermilovCentre, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

2018 Wonder City, Sehwa Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.

2017 The Snapdragons, collaboration with Cultural Traffic, Artsvit Gallery (Dnipro, Ukraine), YermilovCentre (Kharkiv, Ukraine), Royal College of Art (London, UK)

2017 Perceived identities: to have or to be, YermilovCentre, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

2017 Snaps Is the Name of the Game or A Few Words on Secret Writing, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London, UK.

2017 Stars of Stars, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea.

2017 Contemporary Visions VII, BEERS London, London, UK.

2017 The Ships Are Always There, Crate Project Space, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, Margate, UK.

2016 Paper | Publication | Performance, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK.

2016 Stand a little out of my sun, Atrium Space, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London, UK.

2015 UK/RAINE, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK.

2015 Mindful Mindless, SOMA Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.

2015 Uncovered Invisible Remnants, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal.

2015 The Great Artist, Posco Art Museum, Seoul, Korea.

2015 Artworks Open 2015, Artworks Project Space, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London, UK.

2015 Surface, Materiality, Space, Hockney gallery, London, UK.

2015 The Face of SeongNam_cityrock, SeoungNam Arts Centre, SeoungNam, Korea.

2015 Why Would I lie?, 2015 Research Biennial, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

2015 You never look at me from the place which I see you, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London, UK.

2014 re:SEARCH, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

2013 Take Old Road New Way, Korean Cultural Service New York, New York, USA.

2012 NOW X HERE, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UK.

2011 King Art Collective, 300 S. Riverside Plaza Building, Chicago, USA.

2011 Nippon 18th Exhibition Show 2, Nippon Steel U.S.A, Inc. Chicago, USA.

2010 Art Loop Open, Block 37, Chicago, USA.

2010 Green Showcase, Harold Washington College, Chicago, USA.

2010 Interiority-Exteriority, 18S. Wabash Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery, Chicago, USA.

2010 A Live Exhibition, Jewish Community Center, Chicago, USA.

2010 Nippon 18th Exhibition Show 1, Nippon Steel U.S.A, Inc. Chicago, USA.


Awards and Residencies

2017 SWAP: UK/Ukraine Artist Residency Programme, British Council & Liverpool Biennale.

2015 Visiting Artist, University of Porto, School of Fine Arts, Porto, Portugal.

2012 The Starr Scholar, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK.

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