WOONG-CHUL AN & YOUNG-DON CHOI

June 18 - July 16, 2009

Young-don Choi

86400 sec

2008

Digital C- Print

40.6 x 80 inches

Edition of 5

Young-don Choi

Portraits of the days of my youth

2008

Digital C-Print

29.1 x 40 inches

Edition of 5

Woong-chul An

Untitled

2009

Digital C-Print, Diasec

47 x 71 inches

Edition of 7

Woong-chul An

Untitled

2006

Digital C-Print, Diasec

47 x 71 inches

Edition of 7

Press Release

BLANK SPACE is pleased to present Moments in Time, an exhibition of the photography of two Korean artists, Young-don Choi and Woong- chul An.

 

Young-don Choi is part of the first generations to advance the photography in Korea.  He has greatly impacted the trajectory and evolution of photography and art in Korea.  In his most recent body of work, Choi has drawn inspiration from all around the world.  He focuses on capturing adolescent memory of time and a rich variety of life patterns.  They expose an artist’s efforts to record and interpret moments of time and exclusively distinguish graphic boldness and design layouts, which transformed the Korean perspective of traditionalistic photographic approach.  Choi portrays three main ideas in his works that all revolve around the concept of time.  Time is cycled through a process of sealing, unsealing and unfolding.  Sealing being a concealed and closed time, unsealing the perception of existence and unfolding a cognition that leads to creative expression and representation.  Choi’s work stands out because of its pursuit of time in the digital age and the way that it interacts with nature.

Photographer Woong-Chul An began his career as an art director at an advertising agency called Ssangyong business group, in South Korea.  He began shooting in the early 90s and held his first solo exhibition in 1993.  Since then, An has had nine solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions, such as ‘Korea-France Treaty 120th year anniversary group exhibition’, Yeosu International Arts Festival in 2008, Seoul Photo Fair and Art Fair in 2008 and 2009.  An has also art-directed many assignments such as CD covers for musicians, fashion advertisement, documentary and portraiture of CEOs.  He has also worked with prestigious magazines such as Vogue, Bazaar and Numero.  He is currently a member of Korea Fashion Photographers Association.  Woong-Chul An’s work is about re-interpreting his perception of Korea and the world, in both documentary, landscape and portraiture photography.  An has published four photography books and is described by renowned American art critic Raul Zamudio as ‘a limitless, expressive photographer’.