Marking its first exhibition of 2021, DOOSAN Gallery Seoul presents the DOOSAN ART LAB Exhibition 2021 from January 13 (Wed.) to February 20 (Sat.), 2021. Held by DOOSAN Art Center since 2010, the DOOSAN ART LAB supports rising artists in the fields of exhibition and performing arts. DOOSAN ART LAB Exhibition division has been updated in 2021 to change from a biennial to an annual exhibition that features artists under the age of 35 selected through an open competition. Artists Seeun Kim, Junghae Park, Yeonjin Oh, Heewon Oh, and Juna Lee were elected for the DOOSAN ART LAB Exhibition 2021 and will showcase varied works of painting, photography, and installation.
Resisting limiting the open competition process by specifying certain media or themes, DOOSAN ART LAB selects individual artists whose noteworthy bodies of works testify to promising careers to come. For the 2021 exhibition, the five featured artists are all female whose artwork finds further commonality in being realized mainly in two-dimensional media, including painting, photography, and prints.
Seeun Kim discovers remnant spaces in cities, using the language of painting to recreate the sensations of her embodied experiences. Junghae Park observes nature-human relationships, offering her interpretations of present-day landscapes using the still frame of the canvas and the materiality of paint. Yeonjin Oh uses the process of developing prints from film negatives to experiment with photography, capturing images and their material qualities in flux. Heewon Oh uses a self-reflective, lightweight, and delicate touch to project upon her canvases the imperceptible currents of air and invisible natural phenomena such as the diffusion of light. Juna Lee creates overlapping, heavily laden images that traverse between the regularity of fractals and the freedom of painterly expression.
While their aims and directionalities differ, these artists bear certain similarities. In viewing given phenomena, they prefer to discern that which lies beyond, penetrates through, or is secondary.
While Junghae Park and Heewon Oh both deal with light as a natural phenomenon, Park depicts in semi-abstract forms the hues and patterns of light as seen through a window while Oh focuses on the lightness, translucence, and specific forms of traces left on a glass window that emits light. Yeonjin Oh's window-like images result from a process of photographic printing during which an artificial light penetrates the canvas and reveals traces of its underlying frame. Seeun Kim uses figurative language to express interpretations of visual perceptions rising from her experiences of existing spaces whereas Juna Lee's work features virtual spaces that are first drawn on screens and later transferred onto canvasses in a process that involves the impromptu layering of varied media.
The exhibition was organized in a way that allows the viewers to discover the commonalities and individualities of these artists. DOOSAN ART LAB Exhibition 2021 invites viewers to witness the varied, intriguing styles of rising artists who share our contemporary age.
Seeun Kim (b. 1989) earned a B.F.A. in painting at Ewha Womans University and an M.A. in painting at the Royal College of Art. Kim has held solo exhibitions at Kumho Museum (2020, Seoul, Korea), ONE AND J. Gallery (2019, Seoul, Korea), and the Marlborough Gallery (2018, London, UK), and participated in group exhibitions held at such venues as the ONE AND J. Gallery (2020, Seoul, Korea), Art Sonje Center (2018, Seoul, Korea), Weekend (2018, Seoul, Korea), and HITE Collection (2017, Seoul, Korea).
Junghae Park (b. 1989) earned a B.F.A. in painting at Hongik University and has held solo exhibitions at Whistle (2021, Seoul, Korea), Onground 2 (2017, Seoul, Korea), and Archive Bomm (2016, Seoul, Korea). Park has participated in group exhibitions held at such major venues as Deoksugung Palace (2020, Seoul, Korea), The Scrap (2019, Seoul, Korea), Seoul Museum of Art (2018, Seoul, Korea) and MMCA Gwacheon (2017, Gwacheon, Korea).
Yeonjin Oh (b. 1993) earned a B.F.A. in design at Seoul National University and an M.F.A. in fine arts at the Korean National University of Arts. Oh has held solo exhibitions at Songeun Art Cube (2020, Seoul, Korea) and Alltimespace (2019, Seoul, Korea); Oh has participated in major group exhibitions at Gallery 175 (2020, Seoul, Korea), Daelim Museum (2020, Seoul, Korea), HITE Collection (2019, Seoul, Korea), and SeMA Storage (2018, Seoul, Korea).
Heewon Oh (b. 1986) earned a B.F.A. in painting at Hongik University and an M.F.A. in fine arts at Seoul National University of Science and Technology. Oh has held solo exhibitions at ONE FOUR (2019, Seoul, Korea), Chapter II (2017, Seoul, Korea) and Gallery Factory (2014, Seoul, Korea); Oh also has participated in several group exhibitions, including those held at P21 (2020, Seoul, Korea), The Scrap (2019, Seoul, Korea), Boan1942 (2018, Seoul, Korea), and SPACE 413 (2018, Seoul, Korea).
Juna Lee (b. 1986) earned a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in painting at Ewha Womans University and an M.F.A. in fine arts at the School of Visual Arts. Lee has held a solo exhibition at Space Loan (2018, Seoul, Korea) and participated in group exhibitions held at such venues as Post Territory Ujeongguk (2019, Seoul, Korea), 371 Broadway (2018, New York, USA), First Street Gallery (2018, New York, USA), and Alternative Space LOOP (2015, Seoul, Korea).