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IntroductionBeomsik Won’s pieces are assembled from dozens of black & white photographs, broken apart and put back together again in a complex process of deconstruction and reconstruction. The results of this technique are fantastical structures that appear to defy the laws of statics. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, they appear truly monumental. Like sculptures, these Archisculptures claim the urban space for themselves, enthroned above the streets below as if they had been there forever. Won’s genre-defying style produces architectural utopias that not only question our understanding of contemporary digital photography, but also explore the limits of human perception.
To Beomsik Won, architecture is a language that can be expanded, reduced, and manipulated at will. The range of possibilities architecture offers as an artistic medium is the driving force behind Won's Archisculptures series. From architectural photographs and collages, he creates urban mirages, set in homogenous cultural landscapes just beyond the reality we know. The inspiration for these surreal works is the richness of London’s architecture, with its elegant buildings, baroque façades, giant shopping centres and famous theatres. Won digitally combines these elements to create a fascinating dialogue.
Although his work displays a broad range of artistic and philosophical influences, it is London’s architectural diversity that continues to inspire Beomsik Won. Having studied Photography and Metals & Jewellery Design in Seoul, Won moved to London and, in 2012, completed a degree in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art. He is one of South Korea’s young, artistic expatriates, and his highly sought-after work has already been featured in numerous exhibitions, including in Paris, Hollywood, Seoul, and London.
2014 Doctoral Student, Department of Photography, HONGIK University, Seoul, Korea 2012 Master of Fine Arts, Department of Fine Art Media, Slade School of Fine Art-UCL University, London, UK 2008 Master of Fine Arts, Department of Photography, HONGIK University, Seoul, Korea 1998 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Metalwork and Jewelry, KOOKMIN UNIVERSITY, Seoul, KoreaAwards
2013 Publication Prize, 5th Ilwoo Photo Awards, Ilwoo Foundation und Hatje Cantz, Republic of Korea and Germany 2013 First Prize, American Aperture Awards AX3, USA 2012 The Merit Prize, AOP Students Awards, UKExhibitions
2015 Archisculpture, Ilwoo Space, Seoul, Korea 2014 WONBEOMSIK ART EXHIBITION, Cheongju Art Studio Gallery, Cheongju, Korea 2014 Archisculpture Collage, Soohoh Gallery, Bundang, Korea 2014 Archisculpture Antigravity, Gallery NUDA, Daejeon, Korea 2013 Archisculpture, Toyota Photo Space, Busan, Korea 2013 Archisculpture, Gallery Lux, Seoul, Korea 2008 Dimension Finder, Gallery Lux, Seoul, Korea 2006 On a Journey, Gallery Gainro, Seoul, Korea
2015 Art Exhibition for Children, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Wanju, Korea 2015 Art Space J Show, Art Space J, Bundang, Korea 2015 Open Studio Group Show, Cheongju Art Studio, Cheongju, Korea 2015 Out There, Miboo Art Centre, Busan, Korea 2014 The 8th Sharing Love Exhibition by Soohoh Gallery, Sungnam Art Centre, Sungnam, Korea 2014 Lead_ at this moment, Grimson gallery, Seoul, Korea 2014 Ghost Memories Exhibition by Jean-Louis POITEVIN, Cheongju Art Studio, Cheongju, Korea 2014 The 8th New Artist Exhibition, Cheongju Art Studio, Cheongju, Korea 2014 The 5th Soohoh New Artists Exhibition, Soohoh Gallery, Bundang, Korea 2013 DESIRES, Art Space J, Bundang, Korea 2013 Dark to Light by Karen Marr and Laurence Dreyfus, H.M. Tower of London, London, UK 2013 The Secret Garden-CHOI&LAGER Project, LE FUR CHOI, Paris, France 2013 Other Spaces: Re-imagining Architecture, Bosse and Baum Art, London, UK 2013 Candid Arts Exhibition-February Show, Candid Arts Trust, London, UK 2012 Now X Here-The 5th UK Korean Artists Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK 2012 The Recent Graduates’ Exhibition by Jessica Hall, Battersea Evolution, London, UK 2012 The Salon Art Prize 2012, Matt Roberts Arts Gallery, London, UK 2012 53 Degrees North Exhibition, The New School House Gallery, York, UK 2012 The AOP Students Awards 2012 Exhibition, Hoxton Gallery, London, UK 2012 Place Not Found, Forman's Smokehouse Gallery, London, UK