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Sojung Kwon

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Birthplace
seoul korea

Lives in
Los Angeles California

Works in
Los Angeles

Website

Schools
Sungshin Women's University, Seoul, 2005, MA
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, 2007, MFA

Tags
exhibition/performance, digital, conceptual, video-art, installation, mixed-media, sculpture

Statement

 

   She is an artist from Seoul, Korea and currently working in the Los Angeles area. She received her BFA and MFA from Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul in 2002, and also she obtained her Masters’ degree in fine art from Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California 2007.

 

     After she moved to Los Angeles, the different Eastern and Western public receptions of her work, and her position as an outsider in both cultures, made her want to explore the cultural, rational and linguistic discrepancy between different cultures. As a performance artist, sculptor, multi media artist, and global citizen, she uses various symbolic props and the playful banality of everyday objects to investigate social developments, social structures, and what happens when people encounter inverted social conventions. Kwon’s work explores how the normal becomes strange and the fair becomes unfair. Her work often invites the audience to participate in familiar social activities while her actions occupy spaces of non-communicative engagement.

 

 

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EDUCATION/RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

-October, 2012       MacDowell Colony Fellowship Fall residency
-October, 2008       Can Serrat International Art Center, Barcelona, Spain
-March-May 2008   Sandberg Institute Artist Residency, Amsterdam, Netherlands
-2007 - 2009         Angels Gate Cultural Center, Studio Artist, San Pedro
-2005 – 2007         Master of Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
-2002 - 2004         Master of Sculpture, Sung Shin Women’s University, Seoul
-1997 - 2002         Bachelor of Sculpture, Sung Shin Women’s University, Seoul

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS/SOLO PERFORMANCE PROJECTS

2013
-“New Work” Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles CA February
2010
-“New Work”, Porter Gallery, Long Beach, CA, September 
-“ Planning a Year – Mondays”, The Tahoe Gallery at Sierra Nevada College, Incline  Village, NV, August 
-“Planning a Year- Mondays & Sundays”, Angels Gate Cultural Center Gallery A, San Pedro, California, March 
2009
-“Planning a Year (한해 계획 세우기)”, Gallery Dam, Samchung-dong, Seoul Korea, November 
-“Rolling a Ball (Sojung Kwon 2005-2009), Insa Art Space of the Arts Council Korea,  Seoul Korea, August 
2008 
-“One day Arty Show”, SummerFish Project, Seoul Korea, December
2007
-“Thousand Dollar Project #2”,  “Women Artists in Action” SomArts Cultural Center   Bay Gallery and San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, California, September
-“Thousand Dollar Project” Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, California, February 
2006
-“Drawing a Line” “Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media”, University of  Nevada Reno and The Nevada Museum of Art, Wayne and Miriam Prim Theater, Reno, Nevada, November 
-“Drawing a Moment”, “Double Take”, Regent Galleries, Los Angeles, California, July 
-“Being An Alien”, One day Performance event “Search for extra –Terrestrial Intelligence”, Gallery Miccle, Seoul, June
2003   
-“Flat Man” Insa Gallery, Seoul, May 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
-“Analog Among Nations (Mostly) Iterration 4 The Women by Renée Petropoulos”,Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, April
-“Among Nations (Mostly) a Performance organized by Renée Petropoulos”, In conjunction with CAA 2012 Conference. Buenaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, February
-“Among Nations (Mostly) a Performance by Renée Petropoulos”, Mak Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, February
2011
-“Pet Bag Project”, Barter Town(Trading Post VII), Dumbo Fest, Brooklyn, New York, September
2010
-“I Have a Light”, S1F Gallery, Los Angeles, California, December
-“Eternal Telethon”, Machine Project, Los Angeles, California, November
-“To Live and Draw in LA” , Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, California, November
-“Doin it Live: Performance and Interaction”, Wrinkled Space, Los Angeles,   California, January
2009
-“A DAY IN L.A. WASHINGTON BLVD. ART CONCERT”, Outdoor event along Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, California, October
-“Songeun Award Exhibition”, Insa Art Center, Seoul Korea, September
-“You make me laugh”, S1F Gallery, Los Angeles, California, May
-“LA Art show/Super Sonic”, LA Convention Center, January
2008 
-“Multiple Feeds”, Democracy Forum at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, Los Angeles Downtown, California, October 
-“New in Town?”, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, California, June
-“The First Annual Otis /Sandberg Institute Exchange Program Exhibition” in conjunction with De Kunstvlaai Amsterdam, Westergasfabriek Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 
2007  
-“Shelf Life”, Pawn Shop Gallery, Los Angeles, California. December
-“Greater LA Masters of Fine Art Exhibition & Film Screening”, CSUL. Long Beach, California, September
-“1st Annual Juried Show”, Treehouse Gallery, by juror, Jorge J. Pardo. Los Angeles, California, August 
-“On Call LA 2007”, LA Municipal Gallery Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, California, July 
-“On Site at the Gate 2007”, Angles Gate, by juror Aimee Chang. San Pedro, California, April
-“Resolutions” Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, California, January
2006
-“1st Korean National Art schools Online Exhibition”, September -“Greater LA Masters of Fine Art Exhibition & Film Screening”, Cal State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California, August
-“6147” show, Los Angeles, California, July 
-“4 persons video screening and performance show”, Mea Bong space, Seoul, June 
-“Mid residency show”, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, California, May 
2004    
-“SungShin Sculpture Association Exhibition” Moran Gallery, Seoul, June
2003    
-Short Film Exhibition, Seoul Municipal Museum, Seoul, January
2002    
-“Sukchon Lake outdoor sculpture Exhibition”, Seoul, November
-“Sungshin Sculpture Association Exhibition”. Duckwon Gallery, Seoul, June
2001
-“Sungshin University Graduate Exhibition”, Su Jeung Gallery, Seoul, November

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS 

2009
-“Flying White Cube” Vol 3, Flying White Cube Gallery, Seoul Korea, August 
-“White Tricycle Cube” in conjunction with “Songeun Award Exhibition”, White Tricycle Cube Gallery, Insa-dong, Seoul Korea, July 
-“Flying White Cube” Vol 2, Flying White Cube Gallery, Los Angeles, California, May
-“G3 Inauguration Exhibition”, Project Room G3, San Pedro, California, April
2008
-“The First Annual Otis Sandberg Institute Exchange Program Exhibition” in conjunction with De Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam, May
2006
-“4 persons video screening and performance show”, Seoul, June

 

LECTURES / ARTIST TALKS


2010
-Artist Talk, The Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada College. Incline Village , NV
-Artist Talk, Barnes & Noble The Grove mall, Los Angeles, CA 
-Artist Talk, Wrinkled Space, Los Angeles, CA
2009
-Artist Talk, Insa Art Space, Seoul
2008 
-Artist Talk, CanSerrat International Art Center, Barcelona
-Artist Talk, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam
2007
-Artist Lecture, ‘Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media”, University of Nevada Reno, Reno 
-Artist Lecture, Meabong Space, Seoul 
-Artist Talk, Otis College of Arts & Design, Los Angeles

 

GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS 

2012
-Leon Levy Foundation, Residency Fellowship
2010
-Arts Council Korea Visual Artist 2008 Fellowship (Residency support)
2009
-Insa Art space of the Arts Council Korea, 2009-2010 Fellowship (Gallery space, Project, Exhibition Support)
-Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Visual Artist 2009 Fellowship (Project, Exhibition Support)
-9th Songeun Visual Arts Award 2009
2008   
-Arts Council Korea Visual Artist 2008 Fellowship (Project support)
-Can Serrat International Art Center Artist Residency fellowship. (Project. accommodation support)
-Otis college of Art & Design, Los Angeles / Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, Residency Exchange Fellowship. (Travel, project, 2-month accommodation support)
2006   
-University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Art / The Benna Foundation for Excellence in the Fine Arts / The Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery / The Nevada Museum of Art / The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center (Travel,   project support)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

-“Doin it Live: Performance and Interaction” Catalogue Essay, January 2010
-Tucker Neel, “Charting The Void: Planning, Action, and Work in Sojung Kwon’s Planning a Year”, Exhibition Catalogue essay, November 2009
-Choong Hwan Koh, “Planning a Year”, Critical Essay, November 2009
-Choong Hwan Koh, “Exhibition “Rolling a Ball” at Insa Art Space” Review on Public Art Magazine, September, 2009
-“Exhibitions and shows for the Weekend”, Munhwa Broadcasting Corp.(MBC), August 8th, 10:55am
-“Sojung Kwon Solo Exhibition”, JungAng Daily, August 8th, Culture page 21. 2009
-“Interview with Sojung Kwon” by Julienne Lin, ArtSlant, August 26th, 2009
-“Solo Exhibition of Sojung Kwon at Insa Art Space”, Han Kyung Daily, August 11th, 2009
-“Art upon art at Project Room G3”, by Vy Pham, District Weekly, April 15th, 2009
-“Angels Gate exhibit greets creativity of new artists” by Shirle Gottlieb, Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA July 31st, 2008
-“HanKyung”, Korea, December 22nd, 2008 
-“JoongAng Daily”, San Francisco, September, 2007
-“Angels Gate Interview” Up at the Gate, August, 2007
-“Misul Saekye” April, 2004
-Hosting a weekly TV Show “ Media + Art”(features local media artists) in Korea, September 2003 – February 2004 

 

Recent Exhibits

Sojung Kwon participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2013 2013 Monster Drawing Rally
Armory Center for the Arts
 
Feb, 2013 Ramen Blues
Commonwealth and Council
 
Sep, 2011 Barter Town Trading Post between the Bridges
The Dumbo Art Festival 2011
 
Dec, 2010 "I Have a Light" Closing Party
S1F Gallery
 
Dec, 2010 I Have A Light
S1F Gallery
 
Nov, 2010 To Live and Draw in L.A.
Angels Gate Cultural Center
 
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