In 2012, Art Projects International presented the first U.S. solo exhibition of photographs by Seokmin Ko entitled "The Square". Ko represents a new wave of younger contemporary artists working in South Korea and was selected as a 2012 SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation ArtCube Artist.
In Seokmin Ko’s "The Square"—a three-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.
SEOKMIN KO (born 1984 in Gunsan, Korea) currently lives and works in Seoul, Korea. His solo exhibitions include: Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea (2013); Art Projects International, New York (2012); and SongEun ARTCUBE, Seoul, Korea (2012). Recent group exhibitions include: Two Person Show, Sempio Space, Seoul, Korea (2013); Testing Testing 1.2.3: SongEun Collection of Korean Artists, SongEun Art Space, Seoul, Korea (2012); Parentheses, Hong-Ik Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2012); Scales of Dragon, Anseong Machum Museum, Anseong, Korea (2012); Best of Best, KT&G SangsangMadang, Seoul, Korea (2011); Shinsegae Art Award Selected Artist, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea (2011); In the CITY, Chung-Mu Art Hall, Seoul, Korea (2011); and Chung-Ang Emerging Artist, Doosan Art Center, Seoul, Korea (2011). Selected collections include: Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston; and SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea.
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