Exhibition news: Sungfeel Yun in Artist Rooms

Nice to see Sungfeel Yun exhibiting in London again:

Encounter Contemporary: Artist Rooms

Nicolas Feldmeyer | Nika Neelova | Tim Garwood | Sungfeel Yun | Kristian Kragelund
22-30 June 2017
Copeland Gallery | 133 Copeland Road | Peckham | London SE15 3SN
Nearest Station: Peckham Rye | 12 mins From Victoria

Sungfeel Yun: Energy, 2016

Sungfeel Yun: Energy, 2016. Urethane on Aluminium, Bolts, Nuts 63 x 51 x 44cm

Encounter Contemporary is pleased to present Artist Rooms, an important new project which will launch on Thursday 22 June at Copeland Gallery in Peckham. The concept is deceptively simple. Five distinguished  international contemporary artists. Five distinct rooms in which to create an engaging exhibit or installation.

Celebrating creative difference, Artist Rooms provides each participant an opportunity to innovate and assert their individuality as practitioners.  The varied experiential quality of each room echoes the unique approach of each artist. From kinetic installations constructed with magnets, steel and oil through to poetic assemblages of discarded architectural fragments, these multidisciplinary works will make for a captivating and layered viewing experience.

The list of exhibitors is impressive. Each artist notably having gained significant critical acclaim early in their careers (see below for details). Following individual appearances at institutional venues worldwide, such as the Saatchi Gallery (UK), Zaha Museum (South Korea), Kunsthal Aarhus (Denmark), Onassis Cultural Centre, (Athens), Castello di Monticello D’Alba (Italy), all five artists are now jointly turning their attention to occupying the 5000sqft South London exhibition space.

Artist Rooms will run until 30th June. This ambitious and intriguing project is certainly not one to miss.

About the artists

Nicolas K Feldmeyer was born 1980 in Switzerland. After completing an MSc in architecture in Zurich he went on to study Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute on a Fulbright Grant. Feldmeyer received an MFA with distinction from the Slade in 2012. His work has been awarded the Saatchi and Channel 4’s New Sensations First Prize 2012 and the William Coldstream Prize amongst others. Feldmeyer has exhibited at galleries internationally including; Photographer’s Gallery, Maddox Arts, MC2 Gallery, UCL Art Museum, Angus Hughes, Griffin Gallery, Onassis Cultural Centre . His work has been reviewed in the Times, Sunday Times, Art Monthly and published extensively. Feldmeyer is a guest lecturer at the AA School of Architecture, The CASS, Metropolitan University, and is Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College, University of the Arts London. His work is included in numerous public and private collections worldwide including UCL Art Museum and The Leslie Collection.

Nika Neelova born in Moscow and lives and works in London. After completing a BA Fine Art with distinction at the Royal Art Academy (The Hague), Neelova received a MFA with distinction from the Slade in 2011.  Her work has been awarded numerous prizes including Saatchi and Channel 4’s New Sensations First Prize 2011, Land Securities Prize Award, Kenneth Armitage Foundation 5th Annual Young Sculptors Prize, Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award. Neelova has exhibited at galleries internationally including; Saatchi Gallery, PERMM Museum of Modern Art, Vigo Gallery, Ron Mandos Gallery, Somerset House, Royal British Society of Sculptors, Fondazione 107, Torrance Art Museum. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Huffington Post, Art Monthly, This is Tomorrow, Evening Standard. Neelova is represented in numerous public and private collections worldwide including DRAF David Roberts Art Foundation Collection, Saatchi Gallery Collection, PERMM Museum of Modern Art Collection, Museum Biedermann Collection, Santorini Museum of Modern Art, Modern Forms Collection, Beth de Woody Collection, Jason Martin Collection, Levett Collection, Land Securities Collection, Windsor & Newton Collection.  (Work Included Courtesy of Vigo Gallery)

Tim Garwood was born in 1984 and lives and works in London. Garwood has exhibited internationally at venues including, Sim Smith Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Castello di Monticello D’Alba, ACME Project Space, Griffin Gallery, The London Group, Barbican Arts Group, House of St Barnabas, PULSE Miami Beach, Cheim and Read, CONTEXT Miami Beach, Mall Galleries. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Telegraph, The Times, Art of England, British Vogue, Elle Decoration. Garwood is represented in numerous public and private collections internationally including Star Capital, House of St Barnabas, ACME Studios Archive Collection, Cheung Kong Property Group.

Sungfeel Yun was born in 1977 in South Korea, he lives and works between London and Seoul. After completing a BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College London he graduated received an MFA with distinction from the Slade in 2013. Sungfeel Yun’s work has received numerous prizes including a special awards from the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea (2006) and Zaha Museum (2012), he was specially commended at the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize (2013). Yun has exhibited at galleries internationally including Young-eun Museum, Zaha Museum, Pyo Gallery, Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Courtauld Institute of Art, Korean Cultural Centre, Hamni Gallery, Rosenfeld Porcini, Sketch, Encounter Contemporary. His work in in numerous public and private collections internationally including Samsung.

Kristian Kragelund was born in 1987 in Denmark, he lives and works in London. Kragelund completed BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, previously to that he attended New York Film Academy, The European Film College and Pratt Institute. Kragelund has exhibited at galleries internationally including, Modern Art Oxford, Kunsthal Aarhus, Pratt Institute, Galleri Tom Christoffersen, IMT Gallery, LAMB Arts, Display Gallery, Edge Projects, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Schwartz Gallery. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections internationally.

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Gallery visit: Yun Sungfeel at Hanmi Gallery

Sungfeel Yun: Energy series

Sungfeel Yun: Energy series (at Hanmi Gallery, October 2014)

Here are a few installation shots of Yun Sungfeel’s current exhibition, Fields of Immersion, which closed on Friday.

Working from the top down, a couple from his Chaos, Cosmos and Circulation series on the second floor – iron filings and glue.

Next, his Energy series of metal sculptures, which were installed on the first floor:

And on the ground floor, his Looking at the Real World from within the Real World series. First, #19, made with ferrofluid along with the usual magnets and motion detectors:

And #23, using iron filings.

The one nearest the door, #24, used 5p pieces balanced on their edge. Quite an achievement.

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  • There’s an interview with Sungfeel by Encounter Contemporary on YouTube here.

Sungfeel Yun solo show at Hanmi Gallery, from 29 September

Hanmi Gallery is now up to its 38th Interim Exhibition:. Note that the artist will be giving a talk at the gallery, Thursday 9 October, 7-9pm.

Sungfeel Yun: Fields of Immersion

29 SEPTEMBER – 10 OCTOBER 2014
Hanmi Gallery | 30 Maple Street | London W1T 6HA | hanmigallery.co.uk
Monday to Saturday 12pm to 6pm

Sungfeel Yun, Energy 10, 2014

Sungfeel Yun, Energy 10, 2014, Stainless Steel, Bolts and Nuts, 45 x 45 x 20 cm

Hanmi Gallery is proud to present Sungfeel Yun’s solo exhibition‭ ‬“Fields of Immersion”‭. ‬Based in London since 2008‭, ‬Korean-born artist Sungfeel Yun has united his collection of conclusions about the interrelations‭ ‬between art‭, ‬spirituality‭, ‬and theoretical science in his latest exhibition at Hanmi Gallery‭. ‬Materialising an essence of density and cosmic energy in his paintings and sculptures‭, ‬physical matter on the surface of his paintings and modular forms transmits‭ ‬invisible electromagnetic forces to the audience and pulsates through the exhibition space‭, ‬delivering the title to his latest‭ ‬show—“Fields of Immersion”‭.‬

“Fields of Immersion”‭ ‬encompasses a range of Yun’s works that are bound together by the theme of revolution—cosmic revolution and the revolution of life in the scale of the human mind‭. ‬With a profound and complex understanding of the balance between the obscure and the graspable perceptions of invisible forces‭, ‬Yun embraces the universe and offers the audience tranquillity in chaos‭; ‬stillness in movement‭; ‬and immensity in visual forms in his final solo show in London after 6‭ ‬years of work here‭.‬

In his artwork‭, ‬Yun explores the connection between the theoretical sciences‭, ‬such as string theory and quantum mechanics‭, ‬and Eastern philosophies‭. ‬By incorporating rotating magnets‭, ‬motors‭, ‬and action sensors in his‭ ‬Chaos‭, ‬Cosmos and Circulation‭ ‬Series‭; ‬structures reminscient of topological forms in his‭ ‬Energy‭ ‬Series‭, ‬Yun opens a dialogue between physical science and aesthetics‭, ‬bridging these seemingly contradicting ideas through artistic expression‭. ‬The full circle motif he employs is more than a visual representation of the cyclic nature of creation and destruction—the Yin and Yang in Taoism and Buddhism‭, ‬but a conscious contemplation of spiritual and physical laws from within and without the self and the cosmos‭.‬

His works are minimal and perfectly harmonious‭, ‬his thoughts expressed with distilled clarity‭. ‬He states‭: ‬“I avoid redundancy and superfluousness in visualizing my ideas‭, ‬as visual flamboyance often cloud my ideas within the works‭. ‬My‭ ‬works are concise records of my self-exploration‭, ‬and my thoughts on the universe‭.‬”‭ ‬The simple yet deeply powerful cyclic motif fluctuates in the minds of the audience with the vastness of infinitely expanding and contracting two-dimensional planes in all directions‭, ‬confronting the audience with the artist’s and their own existence in this universe‭.‬

Sungfeel Yun completed his MFA in Sculpture at the Slade in 2013‭ ‬following an Art Practice BA from Goldsmiths‭. ‬He was awarded the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize‭, ‬Special Commendation‭, ‬North Devon‭, ‬E.K‭. ‬in 2013‭. ‬He has been included in the 2013‭ ‬New Sensation‭, ‬50‭ ‬Long List by the Saatchi Gallery and selected as one of the 40‭ ‬artists for the Catlin Guide 2014‭. ‬His solo exhibitions‭ ‬include Chaos‭, ‬Cosmos and Circulation at Pyo Gallery‭, ‬Seoul‭ (‬2012‭), ‬Looking at The real world from within The real world‭, ‬Zaha‭ ‬Museum‭, ‬Seoul‭ (‬2012‭), ‬and an exhibition with the same name at sketch‭, ‬London‭ (‬2014‭). ‬He has also participated in a number of group exhibitions including the 2013‭ ‬Broomhill National Sculpture Prize‭, ‬North Devon‭, ‬UK and 4482‭ ‬Map Korea‭, ‬Barge House‭, ‬London‭ (‬2012‭). ‬Yun lives and works in London and Seoul‭.

A brief tour of the Korean galleries at Art 14

Korean artists and galleries put on a good show at Art14, and got plenty of attention from the press.

Choi Jeong-hwa: Alchemy (2014)

Choi Jeong-hwa: Alchemy (2014) (Pearl Lam Gallery)

Time Out spotted (they were hard to miss) Choi Jeong-hwa’s huge collection of colourful pieces which looked like giant hubble-bubbles, installed at Hong Kong’s Pearl Lam Galleries. Also recommended in the same article was 43 Inverness Street and Kim Ha-young’s Modern Soup. In fact, Time Out seem to have taken Kim Ha-young to their hearts, having recommended her solo show at 43 Inverness Street recently. Those in search of affordable work by Kim could have stopped of at the Royal Academy of Arts stall, where prints of one of her works were on sale for £450.

Kim Ha-young: Modern Soup (2014

Kim Ha-young: Modern Soup (2014). 50 x50cm, acrylic on polyester canvas. At 43 Inverness Street

Also at the 43 Inverness Street stand was a composite photograph of Busan, by Oak Jungho. This caught the eye of many a passer-by, who typically thought the scenery was that of Rio de Janeiro, not Busan.

Video works by Park June-bum at Hanmi Gallery

Video works by Park June-bum at Hanmi Gallery

In the Emerge section, Hanmi Gallery was creating a lot of buzz with Park June-bum’s video work and Yun Sung-feel’s kinetic installations. These were featured in Apollo Magazine’s write-up of the fair. Opposite Hanmi was HADA Contemporary, whose stall and works by Chung Heeseung were highlighted by Artlyst.

Chung Heeseung: Curtain (2013)

Chung Heeseung: Curtain (2013). (HADA Contemporary)

While Choi Jeong-hwa had two galleries touting his work last year, this time I could only find one (the Hong Kong one). But it’s always interesting to see artists who are being shown by more than one gallery. Hakgojae and Purdy Hicks were showing almost identical works by Lee Young-bin – peaceful but painstaking drawings of a Korean bath-house. I wonder what was the difference in prices.

Lee Young-bin: Bath (2011)

Lee Young-bin: Bath (2011). Korean ink and watercolor on paper, 128 x 159cm (at Purdy Hicks)

Choi and Lager (one of the “stand out” galleries for Artlyst) were showing Baik Hyunjhin and Lee Seahyun; and Lee was also to be found at Hakgojae

Close-up of a detail of a Lee Sea-hyun Between Red painting

Close-up of a detail of a Lee Sea-hyun Between Red painting at Choi & Lager. That reflection looks remarkably like Solseom…

Gallery K.O.N.G were showing Min Jungyeon, whose work you could find at HADA Contemporary last year. Also at Gallery K.O.N.G. was work by Michael Kenna, a British photographer who works in Korea, and over whose photograph of Solseom (Kangwondo) the gallery is currently battling with Korean Air. But probably the most eyecatching of the works in the gallery’s display were a collection of four phographs by Koo Bohnchang which looked like they could have been of boiled sweets, but were actually of soap.

Work by Ahn Doo-jin at Lee Hwaik Gallery

Work by Ahn Doo-jin at Lee Hwaik Gallery

If the striking was what you sought, you certainly got it at Lee Hwaik. The eye-popping colours of Ahn Doo-jin (so different from his installation work, Fault Lines, at Korean Eye 2012) even drew the attention away from Shin Meekyoung’s red Ghost Series soap vases and Kim Dong-yoo’s pop art image of Audrey Hepburn composed of tiny pictures of Gregory Peck. More restful to look at were the mother-of-pearl works by Kim Duck-yong and the calm interiors of Jeong Bo-young, also featured by the gallery last year.

Three works by Yun Suk-nam

Three works by Yun Suk-nam (Hakgojae Gallery)

One of the surprise highlights for me were the beautiful works in wood by Yun Suk-nam at Hakgojae. Other people thought the same – two of the three had sold by the time I got there for my second visit on Saturday. Hakgojae’s stable also contained video work from Lee Lee Nam, one of Hong Kyoung-tack’s vibrant book / library paintings, the meticulous but diaphanous brushstrokes of Song Hyun-sook, and stunning black and white photographs of snow-covered woodlands on Seoraksan by Boomoon.

It was a shame that two major Korean galleries (Gana Art and Cais) decided not to return to London this year. They showed interesting and varied work in Art13, but maybe they did not generate the sales that make the expensive trip worthwhile (it hardly seems likely that they applied but didn’t pass the vetting process). Arario, however, came for the first time, bringing with them some of the tiny grotesque sculptures by Lee Dong-wook.

Inside Olympia Grand

Inside Olympia Grand

But there were others who did return. Apart from Lee Hwaik and Hakgojae, the Daegu Art Museum, Gallery SoSo and Gallery Em all made the long journey again. And from London, Albemarle and Shine Artists again showed a strong collection of work by their stable of artists. As last year, there was plenty to see wherever you looked, and the crowds who attended are testament to the success of the Fair which is now a fixture in London’s art calendar.

Chaos, Cosmos And Circulation: Sungfeel Yun at Hanmi Gallery

Running alongside (or actually above) the 32nd interim exhibition at Hanmi Gallery is a solo presentation of works on canvas by Sungfeel Yun. Yun will be featured at Hanmi Gallery’s stall at Art 14.

Update: Following the success of Hanmi’s participation in Art14, this exhibition has been extended to 16 March.

Sungfeel Yun: Chaos, Cosmos and Circulation

Curated by: Sungfeel Yun
26 Feb – 9 16 Mar, 12-6 PM
Late opening: 25 Feb PV 6-9 PM | 26 Feb Fitzrovia Gallery Night 6-9 PM
Hanmi Gallery | 30 Maple Street | London W1T 6HA | www.hanmigallery.co.uk

Sungfeel Yun solo presentation

Hanmi Gallery is pleased to present Chaos, Cosmos and Circulation, a series of work by South Korean artist Sungfeel Yun (1977). These works on canvas tackle themes of balance and harmony in the universe, relating to both the macro and the micro and revealing the constant flux of systems, including human existence.

“The conceptual nature of my work is about the nature of existence, as explored in Eastern philosophes and the theories of physics moreover affected by the expressive methods of minimal art such as using geometric styles, repetitive patterns and simple forms.” – Sungfeel Yun

Following episodes of life threatening bronchial asthma attacks as a child, Yun was drawn to ontological questioning. The search for answers to the simple question, ‘What am I?’ led to the study of Taoism, the Yin and Yang theory and Buddhism. Yun relates these philosophies to the scientific understanding of the physical world, including string theory and quantum mechanics. Physical laws follow many of the same principles as Eastern philosophies, such as regarding the universe as a circulating system of energy created by electromagnetic force (Yin and Yang) and repeating cycles of creation and extinction within the universe. These coexisting ideas now underpin his artistic practice.

The majority of the works in the series Chaos, Cosmos and Circulation are formed by positioning ball bearings on a sheet of linen covered in either a mixture of steel filings and glue or epoxy and pigment and then rotating magnets behind. This results in a pattern of concentric circles that resembles many phenomena found in nature, such as the pattern formed when a raindrop hits water. Here, Yun alludes to repetition, cyclical systems and ultimate harmony. Other works also contain circular, repeating forms and use magnetic force to create dynamic surfaces.

The universe can appear chaotic, but at times order or predictability emerge, revealing underlying principles of circulation, cycle and repetition, such cycles observed in nature include the changing of the seasons or the planets orbiting the sun. The key to reconciling the paradox of the coexistence of chaos and cosmos is to understand that we are looking at both with a human understanding. Chaos, to us, is that which humans cannot understand. The cosmos or order is something that we can comprehend as forming cycles. The difference lies in our understanding and is not intrinsic to the phenomena. There is a balance. Critic Young-Sang Hong observes in Yun’s work, the “visually balanced harmony of the chaos and the cosmos”.

Born in South Korea, Sungfeel Yun completed his MFA in Sculpture at the Slade in 2013, following an Art Practice BA from Goldsmiths. He now lives and works in both London and Seoul. In the past year he has been awarded the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, Special Commendation, North Devon, U.K, has been included in the 2013 New Sensation, 50 Long List by the Saatchi Gallery, London and selected as one of the 40 artists for The Catlin Guide 2014, London. Solo exhibitions include Chaos, Cosmos and Circulation at Pyo Gallery, Seoul (2012), Looking at the real world from within the real world, Zaha Museum, Seoul (2012) and an exhibition with the same name at sketch, London (2014). He has also participated in a number of group exhibitions including the 2013 Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, North Devon, UK and 4482 Map Korea, Barge House, London (2012).