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Black OreumBy Gunwoo Shin

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Resin, Chromium plated resin, fiber

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Dimensions: 80cm (H) x 100cm (W) x 40cm (D) / 31.5" (H) x 39.4" (W) x 15.7" (D)

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Artist Statement

Hatch Art Project is proud to present Korean artist Gunwoo Shin in SIK: 蝕, his first solo exhibition in Singapore.

SIK: 蝕, the exhibition's title, is derived from a Sino-Korean character that means to eat through, erode, or eclipse. The prominent circular shapes in SIK: 蝕 articulate this eclipsed area, which holds that the universe encompasses both the spiritual and the material world simultaneously. As a motif for this abstract and all-encompassing Sik concept, the artist looked to Monstera, a type of tropical plant with popularity as a houseplant. The circular holes, or fenestrations, in a Monstera leaf form over time, to allow the leaves to withstand rain and wind damage. The artist focused on the evolution of these empty spaces rather than the original shape of the leaf as a representation of things that exist without form, where perception is guided by opening oneself up to the presence of emptiness within.

SIK: 蝕 continues the artist’s investigations into the human unconscious, deities, and mythologies through abstractions of our two and three-dimensional spaces. Shin explains that the world is defined by the cohabitation of opposites, where origin and end are perpetually rejuvenating and nothing is lost in the process. The exhibition reveals an essence of being, an awareness constructed through addition and subtraction, realities and illusions, consciousness and nonsentience, animate and inanimate, and death and rebirth. SIK: 蝕 features new sculptures, paintings, and relief works, including those developed during his travels and encounters with the historical pagodas of Korea. Further extending his medium's capacity to transform the area in which it exists into space or site, the artist has responded to the Singaporean landscapes and iconic reliefs of local temples. The Singapore Botanic Gardens served as the inspiration for the artist's relief work "Blue Candle Boy," which evokes an ethereal sense of being. The figures transform and become one with Sik, emulating and depicting their quest for or realization of enlightenment.

The exhibition is the artist’s invitation to unite the seen and unseen, entering beyond the tangible to consider how these realms shape our perceptions. Examining a world in the presence of absence where mind and eye harmoniously consider the weight and significance of invisible life forces.

Inspired by Jeju island, which is considered as Great-grandma Goddess, it has many Oreums(volcanic mountains). The artist was particularly inspired by this Black oreum which is covered with plants, black volcanic rocks, and moss. In the caldera of Black oreum, the artist witnesses a glimpse of the universe from the tiny hole of the skin of the earth.


Artist Profile

Born: 1978
Hometown: Seoul
Based in: Seoul

Gunwoo Shin is a Korean artist currently working in Seoul. Shin has a BFA and MFA in Sculpture from the College of Fine Art, Seoul National University, Korea, and a MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, UK. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Seoul, and in …


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