SungHong Min, The Sensation of Epidermis
04.06.23 ⇢ 08.07.23 
Opening 03.06.23, 13h — 18h  

The Sensation of Epidermis exhibition by SungHong Min (b.1972) focuses on the responses, especially the anxiety people feel when the surroundings inevitably change in their daily life, due to the social system and how they recognize it. The artist dismantles and reconstructs abandoned objects, which lost their original purposes after people left their residences, to create variable structures and installations. The artist expresses tactilely the movement when an individual confronts environment changes by adding a thin film, like fabric, to the structure where large and small objects are combined.

The selection cover Min’s journey of studies, reaching his latest series, Skin Layer, coincident with keywords such as “atypical”, “variability”, and “adaptation attitude”. Drift Atypical Form is a printed fabric which reminds old and imitated landscapes from the walls of old apartments. These ambiguous landscapes became another form of land for Min. He re-combines fragments from the landscape paintings, prints them on tent fabric, and turns them into something similar to the floating topography and camouflage net.

Adaptation attitude, Camouflage net is considered the starting point of the Skin Layer serie. The artist wore the tent fabric himself in the photograph, which implies the artist’s attitude as to how to respond to external influences. Skin Layer, the informal structures with chairs, furniture legs, and hangers, has wheels that can make them move. This possibility of movement represents the moment we confront objects while walking in a city. Those sculptural installations tend to show how we respond to changes in life and the necessity of adaptation.

Originally from South Korea, Sunghong Min lives and works in Seoul. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting from the Chu-Gye University for the Arts (Seoul, South Korea) and is the holder of an MA of Fine Arts, Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA, USA).

This exhibition is produced with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sport & Tourism of Korea, Korea Arts Management Service, and the grant program Fund for Korean Art Abroad.

Picture : Exhibition view Sensation of Epidermis at Lee-Bauwens Gallery © Photo Sebastian Schutyser


SungHong Min, The Sensation of Epidermis
04.06.23 ⇢ 08.07.23 
Vernissage 03.06.23, 13h — 18h 

L'exposition Sensation of Epidermis de SungHong Min (né en 1972) se concentre sur les réactions, en particulier l'anxiété, que les gens ressentent lorsque l'environnement change inévitablement dans leur vie quotidienne, en raison du système social et de la manière dont ils le reconnaissent. L'artiste démonte et reconstruit des objets abandonnés, qui ont perdu leur fonction première après que les gens ont quitté leur domicile, pour créer des structures et des installations variables. L'artiste exprime de manière tactile le mouvement d'un individu confronté à des changements d'environnement en ajoutant une fine pellicule, comme du tissu, à la structure où de grands et de petits objets sont combinés.

La sélection couvre le parcours d'études de Min, jusqu'à sa dernière série, Skin Layer, coïncidant avec des mots-clés tels que "atypique", "variabilité" et "attitude d'adaptation". Drift Atypical Form est un tissu imprimé qui rappelle des paysages anciens et imités sur les murs de vieux appartements. Ces paysages ambigus sont devenus une autre forme de terre pour Min. Il recombine des fragments de peintures de paysages, les imprime sur une toile de tente et les transforme en quelque chose de similaire à la topographie flottante et au filet de camouflage.

Adaptation attitude, Camouflage net est considéré comme le point de départ de la série Skin Layer. L'artiste a porté lui-même la toile de tente sur la photographie, ce qui implique l'attitude de l'artiste quant à la manière de répondre aux influences extérieures. Skin Layer, les structures informelles composées de chaises, de pieds de meubles et de cintres, sont dotées de roues qui peuvent les faire bouger. Cette possibilité de mouvement représente le moment où nous nous confrontons à des objets en marchant dans une ville. Ces installations sculpturales tendent à montrer comment nous réagissons aux changements de la vie et à la nécessité de s'adapter.

Originaire de Corée du Sud, Sunghong Min vit et travaille à Séoul. Il est titulaire d'une licence en beaux-arts, peinture, de l'université des arts Chu-Gye (Séoul, Corée du Sud) et d'une maîtrise en beaux-arts, peinture, du San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA, États-Unis).

Cette exposition est produite avec le soutien du ministère coréen de la culture, du sport et du tourisme, du service coréen de gestion des arts et du programme de subvention "Fund for Korean Art Abroad" (Fonds pour l'art coréen à l'étranger).

Photo : Vue de l'exposition Sensation of Epidermis à la galerie Lee-Bauwens © Photo Sebastian Schutyser

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As a meeting point between Asia and Europe, Lee-Bauwens has been introducing and connecting the two cultures in the art scene by representing influential artists from both worlds. Prominent Korean artists such as Chun Kwang-Young, Nam Tchun-Mo, Kim Hyun-Sik, Moon-Pil Shim and Meekyoung Shin were introduced to the Belgian public for the first time, and talented emerging artists such as Jiana Kim, Sunghong Min and Jukhee Kwon were discovered and nurtured in their growth. Likewise, the works of Aurelie Nemours, Ode Bertrand, Maurice Frydman, Paola Pezzi, Javier León Pérez, Esther Stocker and Lucas Leffler were introduced in Korea through various exhibition programs.

Having worked as a curator at the Asia Museum in Korea, Minyoung Lee works closely with art institutions and museums. In 2022, Minyoung Lee coordinate with the curators Yongwoo Lee, Manuela Luca-Dazio and Boghossian Fondation for, Times Reimagined, Solo Show of Chun Kwang Young as a Collateral Event of 59th Venice Biennale.

In an ongoing effort to bring the two worlds closer, in 2019, Min Young Lee-Bauwens collaborated at the seminal exhibition Brussels in SongEun: Imagining Cities Beyond Technology 2.0 to commemorate the official visit of the King of Belgium to Korea. And the gallery also partnered in holding René Magritte, The Revealing Image, Photos & Films exhibition at two different Korean museums (Ground & Wooyang).

Lee-Bauwens Gallery hopes to always be an open and intimate space where artists, collectors, and institutions may communicate freely sharing what touches them most deeply today in contemporary art, reflecting on what has happened, and experimenting on what’s to come.