In Seokmin Ko's "The Square"—a multi-year, ongoing project—a mirror shown reflecting its surroundings is held in a field, or in the sea, or on a road. Two hands gripping the mirror’s edge are the only clue of the holder’s presence. Modernist architecture is featured in other images; here, the human hand, the slight presence of humanity, is seen amidst the reflective surfaces of glass and steel construction. Ko is an artist of his own time. The mirrors and reflective glass make more sense as portals to other dimensions—dimensions perhaps similar to ours or radically different.
Ko’s latest series of photographs "Strip Show," of buildings and structures in rural and urban landscapes, brings to mind his previous series, The Square, of landscapes and cityscapes in which a mirror reflects back to the viewer more of the landscape—never the photographer.
SEOKMIN KO (born 1984 in Gunsan, Korea) currently lives and works in Seoul, Korea. Recipient of many prestigious awards including the 2012 SongEun ArtCube Artist award, Ko represents a new wave of young contemporary artists working in South Korea. His first U.S. solo exhibition Seokmin Ko: The Square was presented in 2012 at Art Projects International, New York. In 2014, his works were selected for 2014 FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA exhibition at the Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas. Other solo exhibitions include Seokmin Ko: Strip Show, Art Projects International, New York (2014); Seokmin Ko, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea (2013); and Seokmin Ko: The Square, SongEun ARTCUBE, Seoul (2012). His work has also been exhibited in group exhibitions at SongEun Art Space, Seoul; Sempio Space, Seoul; Hong-Ik Museum of Art, Seoul; and Doosan Art Center, Seoul. His work is represented in major collections including the Montefiore Collection (New York), Fidelity Corporate Art Collection (Boston), and SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation (Seoul). Reviews and feature articles about Seokmin Ko have appeared in major publications including CNN Photos, Artnews, The Korea Times, Photo+, and Art in Culture.
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