Exhibitor listing

Oliva Park Gallery

16 W 32ST #605

New York, NY 10001
United States
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E-mail address : info@oliviaparkgallery.com
Website : http://www.oliviaparkgallery.com

Exhibitor's Artists:

Ik-Joong Kang
Biography :
Born in 1960, in Cheong Ju, Korea, Ik-Joong Kang has lived and worked in New York City since 1984. He received his BFA from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea, and his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Kang has exhibited widely, including a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York in 1996; a two-person show with Nam June Paik at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Connecticut; and group exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea. In the spring of 1997, he was awarded The Special Merit prize in the 47th Venice Biennale. He just finished the project "Amazed World" commissioned by the Republic of Korea in association with Unicef. This project was based on the artist's belief of the rights of children to basic personal, political and social freedoms. Approximately 40,000 children's works from 150 countries were displayed in a gigantic maze installation in the UN building lobby in New York from September, 2001 through April, 2002. In December, 2000 he was commissioned a permanent Mural Project, at the San Francisco International Airport. The Mural Project contains 5,900 pieces of his paintings and sculptures. In December 1999, Ik-Joong Kang worked with 50,000 children from South Korea in creating "100,000 Dreams." This project featured a 1 km-long, vinyl tunnel-inside which all of the children's works were displayed. Though North Korean children did not participate as planned, this project has since manifested itself on a wider level. Amazed World aims to involve children from a diverse collection of cultures, religions, political beliefs, and environments. Kang has received many awards and fellowships, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. His work is represented in the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and others. Exhibition :
2016: The Place of Dream, Permanent Outdoor Installation, Newark Museum, NJ
2015: Singing Water, Permanent Outdoor Installation, Sun Cheon, Korea
2013: Bridge of Dream, Permanent Outdoor Installation, Sun Cheon, Korea
2012: Things I know, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012: Things I know, Public/Outdoor Installation, Industrial Bank of Korea, Seoul, Korea
2011: Wall of Hope, Public project, Jang An Gu Hospital, Suwon, Korea
2011: Wall of Hope, Public project, Halla Hospital, Jeju Island, Korea
2010: Ik-Joong Kang vs Ik-Joong kang, POSCO Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2010: Ik-Joong Kang: Mountain / Wind, Alexander Oches Gallery, Beijing, China
2010: Ik-Joong Kang, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2010: Wall of Hope, Public Project, Myongji Hospital, Goyang, Korea
2010: Wall of Hope, Public Project, Chungnam National University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea
2010: Wall of Hope, Public project, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
2010: Things I know, Public/Outdoor Project, Korean pavillion in Shanghai Expo, Shanghai, China
2010: 25 Wishes, Korean Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2009: Moon Jars, Neuffer am Park Kunsthalle, Pirmasens, Germany
2009: Multiple / Dialogue ∞, Nam June Paik and Ik-Joong Kang, National Museum of Contemporary
Arts, Gwacheon, Korea
2008: Ik-Joong Kang: Mountain / Wind, Alexander Ochs gallery, Berlin, Germany
2008: Ik-Joong Kang / Inexorable Dream; The Korean Affair, Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008: Wall of Hope, Public Project, Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea
2008: Recent Works, Kang Collection, New York, NY
2008: Recent Works, Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2007: Ik-Joong Kang / Everything He has, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2007: Mountain / Wind, Public/Outdoor Project, Gwanghwamun, Commissioned by Republic of Korea

Biography :
Jung San was born in Yeosu, Joellanam-do, South Korea, and at the age of 13 he entered the Beomeo-sa Buddhist Temple in Busan. He spent the next 50 years in meditation and self-reflection, while exploring creative outlets such as jazz music and the culinary arts. After these 50 years of study, Jung San decided to embark on a mission of sharing his wisdom through visual art. Since then Jung San has become a notable figure in the Bay Area art’s scene, having had solo shows at a special exhibition at the Silicon Valley Art Fair. Exhibition :
Olivia Park Gallery
Southampton 2016

Detailed Description :
Jung San takes a unique and explorative approach to art, and has created works in a wide range of materials. “A manicure kit is an ideal tool for painting,” says Jung San. Using the decadent and fetishized essence of nail polish, matchboxes, and razorblades, Jung San reflects the Zen Buddhist teachings concerning the external sins and desires. He paints and collages on one side of a matchbox while leaving the other side blank. This echoes the lesson of the Heart Sutra ‘Form is none other than emptiness and emptiness is none other than form’. One surface tells a story of abundance and the other, its liberation. Jung San is also well known for his meticulous works on paper, which combine folded pieces of blank paper and others emblazoned with his distinctive calligraphic touch. Artist's Documents: Bul-Lip-Mun-Ja  
Sun Tei Kim
Biography :
Sun Tei Kim is a painter born in 1976 in South Korea. He holds a BA (2003) and MA (2005) from Hong-Ik University. He received his Doctorate from Tama Art University in 2010. He moved to Japan in 2005, studied in Japanese art and traditional color ingredients. After the earthquake in Eastern Japan, he returned to Korea full time. Kim uses various ingredients such as stone powder, gold powder, gold leaf, silver leaf, and many different types of color pigment in his works. The intention of his choice of unique ingredients is to add a modern twist to a traditional art form. Kim is represented by Olivia Park Gallery in New York and Seoul, South Korea. His works were admitted into the permanent collection at the Korea Museum of Contemporary Art and the Seoul Museum of Contemporary Art. He has had 12 solo exhibitions and 9 group shows in New York, Korea & Japan. Exhibition :
2016 The Guardians “Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition” Olivia Park Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Moribito“Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition”Gallery kobayashi, Tokyo, Japan
2015 Unstable Landscape “Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition”Gallery Grada, Seoul, Korea
2015 Unstable Landscape “Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition”
art space CONFLICTABLE CUBE, Ibaragi, Japan
2015 용비 “Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition”Gallery Gahoedong60, Seoul, Korea
2013 The Guardians “Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition”Kumho Museum Of Art, Seoul, Korea
2012 “Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition”art space Green Holiday, Ganghwado, Korea
2011 “Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition”Gallery-Kobayashi, Tokyo, Japan
2011 “Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition”Gallery Topohaus, Seoul, Korea
2010 “Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition”Gallery-Anita, Kanagawa, Japan
2009 “Kim Sun-Tei Solo Exhibition”Gallery-Yamaguchi, Tokyo, Japan


2015 無絃琴 ,Jincheon Bell Museum, Jincheon, Korea
2014 Korea tomorrow2014, DDP, Seoul, Korea
2014 공간을 점령하라 OCCPY JUNGMISO, 2014,Art Space Jungmiso,Seoul, Korea
2012 CAYAF(Contemporary Art & Young Artists Festival)2012, KINTEX, Ilsan, Korea
2012 Nanji Art Show Ⅵ : HERO, Nanji Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 Nanji Art Show Ⅲ : HERO, Seoul Anatomy, Nanji Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 NAS2012, Gallery NaMu, Seoul, Korea
2010 Young Artist’s New Leap in Gallery Won, Seoul, Korea
2010 “Lee jun mi-Kim sun tei Two-Exhibition”Gallery-Kei, Tokyo, Japan
2012 SeMA Nanji Rensidency

Detailed Description :
The Guardians In the wake of Japan’s 2011 earthquake, Kim Sun Tei began to notice an anxiety seeping into his practice. “The splendors of city life that were brought forth by economic development may be nothing but a desert mirage. Nature is ready at any moment to swallow down all that is man-made. We just don’t know it yet,” Kim states of the earthquake’s effects on both northeastern Japan and the personal psyche. His work since this catastrophic event evokes part fear and part fascination before the totalizing power of nature over the ephemerality of humankind. This anxiety induced by the potential for imminent doom results in Kim’s choice of lasting forms, such as his references to 15th and 16th century Buddhist imagery. Highly process-oriented, Kim creates his often dark and unsettling images using traditional Japanese metal leaf atop a paper support. Various chemicals are then employed to alter the surface of the metal leaf squares, darkening them to the effect of a stormy, irregularly patterned and oxidized ground. Atop this dark and cloudy backdrop, Kim’s last step is to draw the figure in precise shimmering line, echoing traditional depictions of elaborately stylized Buddhist figures in billowing clothes, as if summoning the force of nature’s winds. Kim’s “Guardians” series likewise poses action hero-like figures frontally above a dark ground, their silhouette outlined in shimmering gold. Standing squarely and upright, the Guardians provide a protective presence in the gallery and beyond, acting as stable heroes to stave off the fear of ultimate collapse. Almost exactly five years after the 2011 earthquake, the devastating effects of which are still lived today, Kim’s anxious works arrive at a timely moment for reflection. By Laura Hillegas
Kiseok Kim
Biography :
Kiseok Kim was born and raised in Korea. He received his B.F.A. in painting from Dong-A University in Busan, Korea in 1999 and M.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2008. He moved to New York City in 2006, currently lives and works in New York. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in and around New York City. His recent work is the portrait related to contemporary people in the media and he entitled this series “Plastic” connected with the idea of plasticity. The plastic series is featured in public and private collections throughout the United States and Korea. Exhibition :
Solo Exhibitions
2016 Plastics, Olivia Park Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Substitution, Hionas Gallery LES, New York, NY
2011 Plastics, Hionas Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Plastic Play, Curated by Vaughn Massey, Spin New York, New York, NY
2009 Artgate Gallery, New York, NY
2008 MFA Thesis Show, Steuben South Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Group Exhibitions
2015 The Writing on the Wall, The Painting Center, New York, NY
2015 Art Wynwood, Miami, FL
2015 Captain Planet, Kavachnina Contemporary, Miami, FL
2014 Art Wynwood, Miami, FL
2013 Houston Fine Art Fair, Reliant Center, Houston, TX
2013 Art Aspen, Benefits Paepcke Gallery, Aspen, CO
2013 Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2012 Year One, Hionas Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Casting Memories, Artgate Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Unabashed, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY
2011 20 in 11, Woodward Gallery, New York. NY
2010 Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, New York, NY
2009 About Face, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, New York, NY
2009 20th International Juried Exhibition, Viridian Artists Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Investigations in Identity, The Be Hive, New York, NY
2009 Virtual Pathway, Gallery Satori, New York, NY
2008 Falling Away, Lana Santorelli Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Reflection of the Memory, Artgate Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Hope is Nowhere, Hope is Now Here, World Culture Open Center, New York, NY
2007 Pratt MFA Show, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Detailed Description :
My work is the portrait related to contemporary people but there is no specific model. I choose something from unspecified persons and shape it according to my taste, so why I entitled my recent work "Plastic" connected with the idea of plasticity. The word “Plastic” is a very attractive word to me. It can be everything and is widely used in contemporary culture. With this idea, I also take a close look at everyday objects, especially patterns and colors in the media, and then I reflect them on canvas with my language. The portrait does not render a specific person; the person in my work is an idealized being. I try to get rid of expression on the face so it looks almost frozen or static. In addition, its background is simple and no spatiality is suggested. Extremely planar surfaces and simple colors or patterns without spatiality are ways I try to make tension by the contrast between objects and background. This idea is connected to the composition of my work. I enlarge portraits to a great extent, with the result that I am cutting out the top part of the forehead and the bottom part of the neck. Therefore, these portraits are unusual and unstable in their arrangements. It finally aims to maximize the tension of the composition. My art starts from the search for some sort of human condition in contemporary culture. The images on the canvas reflect my imagination as well as styles in popular culture and the media. They are expressed as symbols, colors, or realistic descriptions. However, there is no negative or positive view. My recent work is cultural expression about my surroundings as a landscape painter looks at landscape carefully and paints on canvas, but not to judge them. At the same time, however, it is to find something unique to say. The figures in my work are used as objects to illustrate my own relationship to the world or feelings I have.
Sun K. Kwak
Biography :
Sun K. Kwak Sun K. Kwak is a Korea-born, New York-based artist. Starting as a painter, the frustrations of not being able to be intimate with her work, she pioneered the masking tape as a medium to become her signature form of expression. Through this technique, Kwak was able to feel freedom: freedom from the traditional art of sugar-coated artworks. Kwak has had her solo exhibitions including at Charles B. Wang Center at Univ. Stony Brook in 2016, NY, Gallery Skape, Seoul Korea in 2015, New Art Gallery Walsall, UK in 2010, Brooklyn Museum, NY in 2009, Queens Museum at Bulova, New York in 2001 among others. In group exhibitions she was included at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan in 2015, Asian Art Museum, SF in 2012, Cu Art Museum at Univ. of Colorado Boulder, CO in 2012, Samsung Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul in 2010, New Children’s Museum, San Diego in 2009, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in 2007, and The 6th Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, Korea in 2006 and Drawing Center, NY in 2004 and 2005. She also had a drawing performance in collaboration with a choreographer, Judith Sanchez at Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, NY in 2010. She is a recipient of Pollock Krasner Grant both in 2011 and in 2006. Permanent collections are included at Four Season Hotel, Orlando, FL, 2014, Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, selected by committee at Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2014, CU Art Museum’s Painting collection, Cu Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, CO., 2012, “Percent for Art New York”, PS298 Public Art Project (will completed install in 2016) The James Hotel, Soho, New York, 2010, Samsung Life flagship, selected by committee at Leeum Museum, Seoul, Korea, 2007 among others and a PS298 project for “Percent for Art NY” will be completed in 2017. Exhibition :
Selected Solo Exhibition

2016 “Space Drawing” Long Term installation at Charles B. Wang Center, Univ. Stony Brook, NY
2015 “125 Rolls of Winding, 48 Layers of Piling, 72 Yards of Looping”, Gallery Skape, Seoul, Korea
2010 “Dual Force”, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England
2009 “Enfolding 280 Hours”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
2008 “Times Composed”, Causey Contemporary Fine Art, New York
2007 “Livable Drawing Gallery _Skape Project”, Gallery Skape, Seoul, Korea
2006 “Space Take-out”, Hyundai Window Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2005 “Black Masking Tape Drawing”, Brain Factory, Seoul, Korea
2004 “One Hundred One Hours of Conversation”, Causey Contemporary Art, New York
2003 “Untitled”, City 75, Rockefeller Plaza, New York
2001 “Time and Space III: Tidal Wave”, Queens Museum of Art at Bulova Center, New York

Selected Group Exhibition

2015 “Artist making Movement” Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
“Very Fun Park2015”, installed at Taipei New Horizon Cultural Corridor, Taipei, Taiwan
“Seduced” and “Summer show “ at DM Contemporary, NY, NY
“Happy Modern” featured for Asian Art week at Kang Collection, NY, NY

2014 "The Lineage of Vision- Progress through Persistence" Korean Cultural Service of New York
“Past Traditions/ New Voices in Asian Art” Hofstra Univ. Museum Emily Lowe Gallery, NY “Southampton” and “Context” Art fair with Blank Space Gallery, NY
“Blue” Art auction, Artist Space, New Haven, CT
“Estuary” NYFA finalist fellowship show, Brooklyn, NY
“Shades of Time”, Achieve Show, Korean Cultural Center, NY and Queens Museum of Art, NY

2012 Gala Silent Auction, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Detailed Description :
41 rolls of winding “Following Dots and lines” is an another series of my visual experiment for consciousness and unconsciousness. It starts from a simple a dot and a line, as I continued to add dots and lines, certain illusion appear to me were I was able to lead the dots and lines with conscious mind and by repeating both unconscious and conscious drawing process the piece was completed.


Olivia Park Gallery aims to provide an innovative platform for contemporary art, presenting both internationally well-acclaimed artists and also artists relatively unknown. With its basis upon in-depth comprehension of art history and keen insight to sense the upcoming trend, Olivia Park Gallery strives to expand the diversity of the contemporary art world by launching thoroughly organized exhibitions and exploiting its geographic benefits of Seoul and New York as metropolitan cities. Through collaborations with a number of distinguished museums and galleries both domestic and overseas, Olivia Park Gallery seeks to promote international projects that would make known the significance of Korean contemporary art to the audience worldwide.
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