Kim Byungkwan

October 20, 2017 by Laura Gomez


“What I would like to express through my work is very simple.
I am trying to bring out strangeness from familiarity (visual habit).
Everything there is out there in this world, more or less, provides familiar vision.
This familiar vision can be replaced as habit. This habitual vision which every object gives us and creates comfort. However it shuts down all the other possibilities.
The habitual vision or visual habit makes us go by the routine ways. It stops us from having adventure and checking out the wonders out there.
My work is trying to destroy, tear up, and reconstruct this habitual vision so that our vision can be expended to other images.
I have strong faith in my work that my personal behaviour may lead us ”

“Strangeness within habitual vision off from the track.”
Kim Byungkwan

Artist Interview:

Name: Kim Byungkwan

College: Graduated Department of Painting, Hansung University (BFA)

How would you define yourself as an artist?: outsider

Why art? How did you get involved with art?
– I’d been shocked by watching a documentary about Rembrandt, when I was 16, by chance.
I couldn’t make a sleep all night, because of excitement and I felt passionate on painting from deep inside of mine.

What art do you most identify with?
– It’s kind a Bridge connecting to unfamiliar islands.

What does “being creative” mean to you?
– It’s conditions that I’ve got a desire of painting an unfamiliar world which never visualized before.

What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
– It’s a quote from Steve Jobs “Stay hungry, Stay foolish”

What are you trying to communicate with your art?
– I want to show the world that never completed perfectly but collapsing beautifully.

What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually?
– It could be both depending on concepts or starting point of project.
At the end , It would be a visual layer containing concept.

What themes do you pursue?
– I’m interested in undefined object in time-space world, especially human being, which ,I think, make themselves changed dynamically.

What inspires you to work?
– Images from web found by accident. ( a cut from movie, photos of journalism, jackets of old albums etc…

Colour: payne’s gray

Book: Patrick Süskind

Movie: David Lynch

– Korea dish: a steamed silver sword fish and radish with hot cilli soy-sauce.


Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start?
– I’m always waiting myself ready, having enough passion of painting, no rush.
I never prefer to make a plan of project. I’m excited when I have a inspiration from objects approaching me naturally,which leads me good out puts.
Un-intended image shakes my mind and forces me paint them without any reason.
After finishing couple of series, I would find my self that there’s a reason why I’ve chosen the object.

What Role does the artist have in society?
– I understand that an artist is social surplus existences. So, there is no social obligation or responsibility as an producer of capitalism.
But, they are recognized as a successful person when useless object produced without any social responsibility is valued by their vague method.

Do you suffer for your art?
– I’ve never suffer before. But sometime I got bored, when my project is turned into a labor. I quit my work as soon as feel bored.

What do you think about the art community and market?
– I appreciate on-line platform which helps me and my work to reach out to unlimited artist and collectors.
But, I think their funcion is mainly selling works yet.

Should art be funded? Why?
– I think, In any society, there is outside of culture and a border line, where the ART exist.
If a society wants to cross that border with their own will, the art should be funded.

What famous artists have influenced you, and how?
– Caravaggio. I feel a sublime from his artwork which express the light and darkness and composition by paints.
since that, I feel that Aura in art can’t be denied.

What other interests do you have outside of art?
– EDM. When I’m painting, I get more work done with th e repetitive rhythm of EDM.?

You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today?
– I’m not the person visiting exhibitions often, because of my laziness.
But, I was impressed by cities themselves more than exhibitions, when I visited ‘Documenta 14 in Kassel’ and ‘Venice Biennale’.

How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
– No art, no more unstable life.
I would have a normal job working everyday like normal people, which is not bad, I think.
But, I’m sure that I would get more pleasure from painting.

Define “Klassik Magazine” for the audience? A supreme international culture.

Solo Exhibition
2017 Salon Artertain, Seoul, Korea
2016 PROGR, Bern, Switzerland
2015 aA design museum,Seoul, Korea
2014 Gallery LA MER, Seoul, Korea
2012 Gallery GAHOEDONG60, Seoul, Korea , Gallery Aura, Seoul, Korea
2011 Cyart Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibitions · Screening
“Counter Work _ Artist Kim vs Artist Cho> Salon Artertain, Seoul, Korea
2016 < INSIGHT> Gallery Grimson, Seoul, Korea
2016 < ‘FRESH! 2016’> Jankossen Contemporary, NY, USA
2016 Galleri A / A Minor, Oslo, Norawy
2015 SINSAJANG, Seoul, Korea
2015 Karimacelestin Gallery Marseille,France
2012 , SIA Media Art Awards Winner Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art CJ E&M Center

Awards & Residency
2013 SeMA NANJI RESIDENCY Award, Seoul, Korea
2012 Finalist, SIA Media Art Awards
2011 Finalist, New Discourse Fine artist selection