Bloomberg New Contemporaries, at South London Gallery

Four Korean artists have been selected for the Bloomberg: New Contemporaries 2020⁣ exhibition

The exhibition was due to run at the South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Rd, London, SE5 8UH. The most recent scheduling, following Covid-19 disruptions, was 13 Jan – 7 March 2021. The latest lockdown clearly makes that difficult.

For 2020, New Contemporaries launched a specially created digital platform – online now – showcasing the work of the 36 selected artists. Developed in dialogue with the artists and designed by Hato Press, the platform provides an opportunity to see some of the UK’s most dynamic contemporary art practices. Alongside artists’ images, texts, sounds and moving image work, new content such as workshops, artist blogs and vlogs and other digital projects will be added over the coming months.

The featured Korean artists are Sangbum Ahn, Jung Min Park, Jung Yun Roh and Kirsty Sim.

The KCCUK has put together a video featuring the four artists which you can view here:

Brief artist bios, with links to their content on the digital platform, follow:

Sangbum Ahn

Link to digital platform

Sangbum Ahn: CAPTCHA
Sangbum Ahn: CAPTCHA (2020). Moving image. (Still). Courtesy the artist

Statement

The primary focus of my work is the relationship between humans and non-humans, linked or ruptured by socio-political forces and technology. My approach is one of reinterpreting these ambivalent relationships into intimate narratives by disentangling and rearranging them into complex connections.

Bio

b. 1991, Seoul, South Korea

2018-2019, MA Artists’ Film and Moving Image, Goldsmiths University of London, London
2009-2017, BA Contemporary Art, Konkuk University, Seoul

Recent Exhibitions

Group:

2016 ‘AR Towns’, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju
2016 ‘NeMaf’ Seoul International New Media Festival, Korean Film Archive, Seoul
2016 ‘EXIS International Experimental Film and Video Festival’, Korean Film Archive, Seoul
2015 ‘NeMaf Seoul International New Media Festival,’ Rainbowcube Gallery, Seoul
2015 ‘Travel Grant’, Ilhyun Museum of Art, Yangyang

Awards and Residencies

2015 NeMaf Audience Award, NeMaf, Seoul

Jung Min Park

Link to digital platform | Website

Jung Min Park: Original Rhythm
Jung Min Park: Original Rhythm (2019). Glazed ceramic with sound (detail)

Statemenet

My work explores the process of interaction between the body and the world through repetition. Through ceramic organic forms with abstract carved drawings that contain watery sounds that echo from inside, I consider what has been accumulated in my body through a physical representation of another porous self.

Bio

b. 1994, Dong Du Cheon, South Korea

2016-2019, BA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, London

Recent Exhibitions

Solo:

2017 ‘Mindful Border’, Solo Exhibition, Chelsea Gallery Space, London

Group:

2019 ‘HIX Award 2019’, HIX Gallery, London
2019 ‘NOW: New Original Work’, Gerald Moore Gallery, London
2019 ‘Woon Prize 2019’, Woon Gallery, Newcastle

Awards and Residencies

2020 Clayarch Gimhae Museum Ceramic Residency, Gimhae
2019 HIX Award 2019, Shortlisted, London
2019, Woon Prize 2019, Shortlisted, Newcastle

Jung Yun Roh

Link to digital platform | Website

Jung Yun Roh [Li:ving] London
Jung Yun Roh: [Li:ving] London (2018). Moving image. Still image. Courtesy the artist

Statement

My work explores the realm of social identities as both an immigrant manual worker and an artist. These are very different, perhaps incompatible roles, but for me they are a reality. I want to question society’s acceptance of multiple identities. In my moving image work, my daily drawings – made during my walks through the city and that record my labour as an artist – are juxtaposed with the narrative recounting my labour working in the kitchen at a Prêt A Manger.

Bio

b. 1976, Seoul, South Korea
2015-2021, PhD Candidate, Fine Art, University of Reading, Reading
2020-2021, MA, Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts & Design, London
2001-2008, MFA, Painting, Hong-Ik University, Seoul
1997-2001, BA, Painting, Hong-Ik University, Seoul

Recent Exhibitions

Solo:

2019 ‘Living and Leaving’, Hoxton 253 art project space, London
2019 ‘Placeless Place’, Art space 55, Seoul
2018 ‘Freshly Made in the Street’, Willesden Gallery, London

Group:

2019 ‘4482(SASAPARI): ‘The Other Side of the Moon’, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
2012 ‘Place Not Found’, Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, London
2012 ‘ID, Please’, New Gallery, London

Awards and Residencies

2013 Residency KAUS AUSTRALIS, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Kirsty Sim

Link to digital platform | Website

Kirsty Sim Ambient
Kirsty Sim: Ambient #2 (2019). Digital C-type print. 50x70cm. Courtesy the artist

Statement

My works deal with aspects of pop culture and mass media, which have had a profound impact on contemporary culture. In this age of networks, in which boundaries have become blurred, we are shaped by social interactions and the physical environments we inhabit.

Bio

b. 1990, Seoul, South Korea
2019-2021, M.A Photography, Royal College of Art, London
2018-2019, Art & Design Graduate Diploma, Royal College of Art, London
2009-2013, B.A Industrial Design, Korea Polytechnic University, South Korea

Recent Exhibitions

Group:

2019 ‘Missed connections’ The New School, New York, US

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