Kyung Hwa Shon

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  • Kyung Hwa Shon explores the reciprocal relation between a city and the imagination through the eyes of a phantom, ‘Stillman’. For her, this imaginary character, ‘Stillman’ is the eruption of a sudden and strange image appearing on the blink of its own vanishing and as such stands in the very moment of the annihilation of the concrete individual. Tracing the movements of ‘Stillman’ makes the city become an enormous, surreal, even theatrical-like space in which a sense of otherness starts to emerge. She focuses on the instant moment of the unanticipated experiences that are encountered in the everyday, as they are significant factors to unfold into extensions of imagination; oscillating in turn between fiction and reality.

    The myriad ambiguous signs and letters in the street and fragmented specular images on shop-window displays are, for her, crucial elements in creating peculiar relationships with the world of things, implying the emergence of the imagination. Through these elements, the infinite boundary of the imagination unleashes the city as unaccustomed, disoriented, and reencountered. Her art practice focuses on the rediscovery of psychological heteromorphic identification, the presence of invisible substance, and fantastic visual experiences emanating from serendipitous moments of glitch in the city. The work implies the opening of the urban landscape to a distinct poetics of the city in which mythology, sign, symbol, voice, text, and trace occurs.

  • Previous degrees

  • MFA. Painting and Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011; BFA. Painting, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, 2008; BFA. École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Exchange Programme, Paris, 2007
  • Experiences

  • SWAP: UK/Ukraine Artist Residency Programme, British Council & Liverpool Biennale, 2017; Visiting Artist, Pure Print Elements, University of Porto, Porto, 2015; The Starr Scholar, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Every Second in Between, White City Public art commission project in partnership with Stanhope and Royal College of Art, London, 2018; WONDER CITY, Sehwa Museum, Seoul, 2018; Should I Put Sunglasses On?, YermilovCentre, Kharkiv, 2017; A Space of the 'In-Between': Word, Time, Image, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, 2017; The Ships Are Always There, Crate Project Space, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, Margate, 2017; Stars of Stars, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, 2017; Contemporary Visions VII, Beers London Gallery, London, 2017; The Snapdragons, collaboration with Cultural Traffic, Artsvit Gallery, YermilovCentre, Dnipro, Kharkiv, 2017; WW Solo Award: The City of Fragments, WW Contemporary Art, London Art Fair, London, 2016; The Surface of The City and The Depth of The Psyche, Alternative Space Loop, 2016; Paper | Publication | Performance, Lychee One Gallery, London, 2016; UK/RAINE : Emerging Artists from the UK and Ukraine, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2015; Uncovered Invisible Remnants, University of Porto, Porto, 2015; The Faces of SeongNam_City樂, Seongnam Arts Centre, Seongnam, Korea, 2015; You never look at me from the place which I see you, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London, 2015; 22 Into Drawing; Psychogeographic Contemporary Abstract Landscapes, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA), Seoul, 2013; Take Old Road New Way, Korean Cultural Service New York, New York, 2013; Psychogeographic Abstract Landscapes In London, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2012; Silhouette of the London Landscape, Royal Academy Schools, London, 2012; NOW X HERE, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, 2012
  • Publications

  • Eve Watling, “Every Second in Between: Public Art Coming to White City”, White Noise, 2018; Interview with OTB TV channel, “Your morning”, Kharkiv, Ukaine, 2018; Valeriya Rudenko, “Perceived identities: to have or to be: residence in the YermilovCentre”, FAQindecor, 2017; Hana Yoon, “A City of Flâneur Looking for a Ghost”, CNB (July), Exhibition Review, p.51-53, 2016; India Irving, “ArtAttack Interviews Korean artist, Kyung Hwa Shon”, ArtAttack, 2016; Liza Premiyak, “Raw talent : Ten emerging artists from UK and Ukraine”, The Calvert Journal, 2015
  • Awards

  • Every Second In Between, White City Public Art Commission Project Artist, 2018; Winner for Kumho Museum of Art (Young Artist), Korea, 2016; Winner for WW SOLO AWARD 2015, UK, 2015; Finalist for UK/RAINE Art Prize, Saatchi Gallery & Firtash Foundation, UK & Ukraine, 2015; Winner for Alternative Space Loop Art Prize, Korea, 2015; Collaboration with Paul Hedge and Hales Gallery & Drake’s, Pocket square design, UK, 2014; Winner for Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA) Drawing Prize, Seoul, Korea, 2012; The Starr Foundation Scholarship, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 2012
Royal College of Art Royal College
of Art Graduate

25 June –
5 July 2015

Royal College
of Art Graduate