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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 35 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.

ARTISTS

Jukhee Kwon

Juhkee Kwon (South Korea) studied Fine Art at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, before obtaining an MA from Camberwell College of Arts, London. She has exhibited internationally, and her work is included in various collections. She now lives and works in Italy.

Kwon creates captivating works, quite literally, from the printed page. Using abandoned and disused books, she shreds the pages by hand to create magnificent ‘book sculptures’. These effervescent sculptures, brimming with energy, flow from their spines in the form of cascading waterfalls. Each book, thus deconstructed, attains to a new existence through this transformational creative process. Much of her work plays with ideas of destruction and re-creation.

Kwon’s cutting and slicing techniques become a performance with each fragile page demanding attention. Although unseen by the viewer, her intricate actions during this process are projected through the complexity of the finished piece. Kwon’s imagination is realised through the adaptable structure of the book which transcends its original purpose. The act of the book’s expansion alludes to a feeling of freedom and movement, mimicking in a sense, her migratory experience. As she cuts each strand, the process becomes a means to travel the tracks of half-held memories and to retrace those first conscious steps towards the creation of a new life.

This exhibition focuses primarily on Kwon’s latest creations. Not only is the book an object brought back to life, Kwon transforms it to become a life derivative of its past and its narrative - the idea of a book retaining an essence of its previous owner, each emanating an individual past. As Kwon notes, “For me, each book has individual personality and it has narrative and history like a human being.”

Exhibitions

Jukhee Kwon
World of Extraordinary Objects


Redemption

Sense and Nonsense in Art

Libro Libero

Abstract Book Landscape

Water Vase

Arabesque Dream

Arabesque Dream
(image 2 )

The Wedding Dress

Red Tree

Mirror of Time

Carnival

Fluxus
(complete installation)

Fluxus
(Tap)

Fluxus
(Clay Mask)

Fluxus
(Porcelain Mask)

Fluxus
(Telephone)

Vita

Dipping into Darkness
   

Jukhee Kwon Biography

Born in Dae-Jun in Korea 1981, lives and works in Grottaferrata(RM), Italy.

Education
2010-11  MA Book Arts in Camberwell College of Arts, London
2001-04   BA Fine Art in Chung-Ang University, Korea
Solo Exhibitions
2013   Jukhee Kwon, October Gallery, London
2012   Being, La Scatola Gallery, London
2011   Inside-out, Camberwell College of Arts Library, London
2010   Illustration works, Illustration Studio Space, London
2004   Tree to tree, Seorabul Gallery, Korea
Selcted Group Exhibitions
2013    Abu Dhabi Art 2013, UEA, with October Gallery, London
    Scope Basel, Switzerland, with October Gallery, London
    World of Extra Ordinary Objects, October Gallery, London
2012   Place not found, Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, London
    ‘When I spoke its name, it came to be and became a flower’, Paris
    Works on paper, GX Gallery, London
    The map of Korea, 5th 4482 Korean exhibition, Barge House Gallery, London
    Brief Permanence, Changing space pop-up Gallery, Cambridge 
2011   The face of the Shape, La Scatola Gallery, London
    Four; everyday life, Hanmi Gallery, London
    Camberwell College of Arts MA Degree Show, London
    ‘Things change, you know’, book sculpture work, New Gallery, London
    Trajector Art Fair, Brussels
    Casting an eye on Korea, Paris
   
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