I enjoyed seeing Minho Kwon’s work at Anise Gallery last year, so I’m looking forward to seeing some of his new work at The Foundry Gallery in Chelsea this summer:
We Also Deserve to Live
New work by Minho Kwon
2 July – 13 August
The Foundry Gallery | 39 Old Church St | Chelsea | London SW3 5BS | www.thefoundrygallery.org
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, or by appointment
Minho Kwon is a storyteller and an image-maker. His densely, multifaceted drawings command our attention. Kwon’s specialness as an artist is the ability is to fuse industrialised South Korea with Korean culture and it’s political economic history through the expressive power of drawing. The result is potent, brooding and dreamlike; dark blueprints for a dystopic past
His colossal drawings at first seem to be incomplete; architectonic lines have been drawn and rendered with an obsessive attentiveness to detail, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of his materials – layers of pencil, graphite and charcoal. ‘We Also Deserve to Live” has transformed The Foundry Gallery into a test-bed for Kwon’s vast architectural creations. Views that cannot be found in one drawing can be found in another, there is no one-way to look at the works or a linear path you have to follow around the gallery the visual gaps you find allow you the space to construct your own story.
Minho Kwon lives and works in South Korea and has exhibited work throughout the UK and South Korea. He has been the recipient of the Jerwood Drawing Prize Student prize in 2007 and was again shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2013. In 2013 he also won the V & A Illustration award in the student category.
The Foundry Gallery showcases work found and forged between art and architecture and its distinct relationship with Le Lay Architects who reside downstairs. The Foundry Gallery is the brainchild of Jonathan Goode and Jason Slocombe of Le Lay Architects and run by Gallery Director Elizabeth Goode.