Map, 2008
C-print and mixed media armature
185 x 78 x 67 cm

artist profile

Osang Gwon



lives and works

Seoul, South Korea


BFA, Sculpture Department at the College of Art, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea, 2000
MFA, Sculpture Department at the College of Art, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea, 2004

about the artist

Osang Gwon has made it his quest to demolish the line that divides the medium of sculpture from that of photography. He accumulates photographs to build sculptural forms and he sets up sculptural forms to compose photographs. Gwon relishes in the ambiguity that confuses the viewer—is his work two dimensional or three dimensional? Or simultaneously both? Feeding this creative method is the artist’s fascination with modern marketing, glossy appearances, and consumer culture, where he derives themes and extracts motifs as subject matter for his works. Trained academically in sculpture, Gwon has incited interest in the circles of both sculptors as well as photographers. Dedicated to his most famous series, “Deodorant Type,” the book Gwon, Osang: The Sculpture was published by Arario Gallery. His work can be found in numerous local and international exhibitions, as well as in publications that present and feature contemporary Korean art. Gwon has held solo exhibitions in South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and his work was shown in the international touring exhibition, Roundabout, which traveled from New Zealand to Israel


  • Selected exhibition history
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2011GROUP Roundabout, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

2010GROUP Korean Eye, Fantastic Ordinary, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

GROUP Roundabout, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand

GROUP A POSITIVE VIEW, Summerset House, London, UK

2009GROUP Manipulating Reality, Center for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence, Italy

2008GROUP Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art of Korea, The National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina; National Museum of Korea, Gwacheon, Korea; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile

GROUP Asia Triennial Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery, UK

2007GROUP Contemporary Korean Art: Wonderland, National Art Museum, Beijing, China

2004GROUP Out the Window, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, Japan

GROUP Young Artists from Korea, China and Japan, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea

GROUP Officina Asia, Galleria D'arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

2003GROUP Facing Korea-ID, FOAM Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherland

2002GROUP Mirror of daily, Pusan Metropolitan Museum of art, Busan, South Korea

GROUP Area of Photograph, Museum of Art Saitama; Sendai Mediatheque, Japan

2001GROUP Family, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, South Korea

GROUP Alchemy, Sungkok Museum, Seoul, South Korea

GROUP Silence of the City, Gwangju Art Museum, South Korea

SOLO Deodorant Type, Insa Art Space, The Korea Culture & Arts foundation, Seoul, South Korea