CHUN HWAN KIM

Presentation

As a child, Kim Chun Hwan loved going to play at his father's sawmill. Already, the cutting and the wood shavings, with which he had fun making cars and boats. Much later, during the spring of 1995, he came to Paris and first settled in Chatillon, with the sculptor Shim Moon-Seup who lent him part of his workshop. There, there were a few wooden cases designed to carry works. He recovered the panels which he burned, scraped, painted, then striated, true beginnings of his future artworks.

Kim Chun Hwan then had the idea of compressing a few sheets of fashion magazines that he had been given, sticking them on his panels and thus creating reliefs. Some time later, after having saturated a board with his crumpled papers, he decided to saw the entire surface horizontally. The cut then broke the original chaos of colors to create another map with the white edges born from the leveling of the relief. For Kim Chun Hwan, the way was set. But he quickly understood that he was going to have to recover a lot of magazine pages. This collection, in flea market, from his neighbors or from publishers’ stocks, is now part of his approach. Once his journals are piled up in the workshop, he must choose the pages that can serve him, cut them out and build piles, by color dominant and by thickness variation, in which he draws to orient the desired chromatic range. He then glues these thousands of leaves (up to ten thousand for a large canvas) on each side, before crumpling them in the same gesture, repeated over and over, like reciting a mantra. After a long drying which makes this agglomerate of paper as hard as stone, comes the time of cutting which lasts several hours, first with the saw then with the cutter, and allows it according to the chosen depth to create rhythms, waves, visual vibrations. It was only after this masterful operation that Kim Chun Hwan discovered all the nuances of the final result.

Because if the artist, by the way of crumpling his leaves by putting forward the front or back, can favor this or that color - here a white tendency on one work, there a more bluish red on another, etc - it is ultimately subject to chance from the initial arrangement of the paper balls. Kim Chun Hwan also claims that part that escapes him, this random dimension of his approach based on the balance between the expected and the unexpected, the known and the unknown, the controlled and the accidental.

Behind his work on the material and on the possibility of another monochrome, which makes him a worthy heir to Park Seo-Bo, Chung Sang-Hwa, Ha Chung-Hyun… his elders of the Dansaekhwa movement (Korean monochrome), Kim Chun Hwan also offers a reflection on time with, buried in these folds, informations , advertisements and trends of an era contained in the pages now petrified. While remaining faithful to the strong tradition of paper in Korea, he also denounces a society of overconsumption and raises the questions of deforestation, ecology, recycling. A way to open windows to create awareness and a flow of fresh air about the world we live in.

 

Henri-François Debailleux, curator

Biography

Bom in Incheon, South Korea in 1968. Live and work in Paris, France since 1995

 

FORMATION

B.A.L. Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Seoul,

M.A.L University Paris 8

 

EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES

2020

- Impressions de Papier, Galerie RX, Paris France

2019
- ilwoo space, ilwoo foundation, Seoul, Korea

2018
- Choeunsook Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016
- Artus Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
- Choeunsook Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2014
- Holly Hunt, New York, USA

2012
- Ethan Cohen Fine-Arts, New York, USA

2008
- Insa art center, Seoul, Korea

2007
- Trader pop Gallery, Maastricht, Netherland
- Gallery Gana-Beaubourg, Paris, France

2005
- Gallery Chosun, Seou, Korea

2004
- Trader pop Gallery, Maastricht, Netherland

2003
- Gallery Chosun, Seou, Korea

2001
- Trader pop Gallery, Maastricht, Netherland

2000 
- Gallery Chosun, Seoul, Korea


EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES

2019

- Lien, Bastille design center, Paris, France

2018
- Gan, Bastille design center, Paris, France
- Kiaf, Coex, Seoul, Korea

2017
- Neo-naturalism, ilwoospace, Seoul, Korea
- Construction time again, Bastille design center, Paris, France

2015
- SENS CROISES Galerie la Cite internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2014
- ART et LIFE, Art space BEN, Seoul, Korea
- Galerie la Cite internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2013
- Galerie La Fabrique, Ivry sur Seine, France
- ARA Gallery, Seoul, Korea
- Galerie la Cite des Arts, Paris, France

2012
- Holly Hunt, New York, USA
- Rock, Paper, Scissor, Leilla Heller gallery, New York, USA

2011
- Galerie IBU, Paris, France
- Galerie OREM, Paris, France
- Galerie 89, Paris, France

2010
- Magic Marilyn, Galerie OREM, Paris, France

2009
- Galerie IBU, Paris, France
- Galerie OREM, Paris, France
- Art Asia Miami, Miami, USA

2008
- Galerie IBU, Paris, France

2007
- Tryptique, Anger, France
- Art Paris 2007, Grand palais, Paris, France
- Art Cologne 2007, Cologne messe, Germany

2006
- Art Cologne 2006, Cologne messe, Germany
- Kiaf, coex, Seoul, Korea
- Frontieres, Montparnase Museum, Paris, France

2005
- Hong kong Sotheby's, Hong Kong
- Art Cologne 2005, Cologne messe, Germany

2004
- Kim chunhwan, park jooyeon, tom Lee, Gallery Chosun, Seoul, Korea 
- Art Cologne 2004, Cologne messe, Germany

2003
- Art Cologne 2003, Cologne messe, Germany
- Paper Art, Traces of Mediation and Time, WhanKi Museum, Seoul, Korea
- Korean Artist in France, Galerie Gana Beaubourg, Paris, France
- New york, Paris Artistes Exhibition, Gangneung, Korea

2002 
- Chelles salon d’art contemporain, Chelles, France

2001
- Nantes art contemporain, Nantes, France

2000
- Art Cologne 2000, Gallery Chosun, Cologne messe, Germany
- Pusan International Art Festival, Pusan, Korea
- Young artist Korean, Espace Suisse, Strasbourg, France
- Jeune Création 2000, Espace Eiffel-Branly, Paris, France
- 45 ème Salon de Montrouge, Centre Culturel, Montrouge, France
- CHUNGDAM Art Fair, , Gallery Chosun, Seoul, Korea

1999
- 44 ème Salon de Montrouge, Centre Culturel, Montrouge, France
- ARATATA Week Art, Centre P. Courboulay, Le Mans, France
- Young artist Korean, Centre Culturel Coréen, Paris, France
- J P C 33, Galerie Gana Beaubourg, Paris, France
- CHUNGDAM Art Fair, Gallery Chosun, Seoul, Korea, 
- SACO 99, Salle polyvalente de Tessé la Madeleine, Bagnoles de l’Orne, France
- Bonjour Millénnium, Seoul Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1998
​- Young artist Korean, Centre Culturel Korean, Paris, France