brilliant 30: Season 1 & 2

brilliant stories from adventurous young artists

Artist Lee Wan - artwork

brilliant 30 - Season 2
A new start with stories on 3 Korean and 3 French artists

  • Kira Kim

    brilliant 30 – Kira Kim

    Kira Kim’s collective works explore ‘human’ and question “what should be seen and how should something be perceived” from an artist’s point of view.

  • Hyunjin Bek

    brilliant 30 – Hyunjin Bek

    Hyunjin Bek’s works transcends the borders between painting, sound and installation. His works are intuitive and constantly seek ways to change and alter.

  • Lee Wan

    brilliant 30 – Lee Wan

    Lee Wan aims to share thoughts on the life of people and the community by exploring underlying structures and principles that activate our society.

  • Noémie Goudal

    brilliant 30 – Noémie Goudal

    Noémie Goudal’s works express surreal images that lie on the borders of reality and virtual reality.

  • Olivier Sévère

    brilliant 30 – Olivier Sévère

    Olivier Sévère translates an unique approach to explore the features and origins of the material of various objects.

  • Éléonore Saintagnan

    brilliant 30 – Éléonore Saintagnan

    Éléonore Saintagnan’s film works tell stories of animals with the aim to explore the relationship between animal and human.

brilliant 30 - Season 1
30 Stories about passionate, experimental young artists

  • Seoungwon Won

    brilliant 30 #30 Seoungwon Won

    Seoungwon Won’s work depicts a real world; its image is derived from 500-600 photographs taken by the artist.

  • Chulan Kwak

    brilliant 30 #29 Chulan Kwak

    Chulan Kwak asserts that crafts are theoretically the result of ‘a blend of concept and tangible materials.’

  • brilliant 30 #28 Sunghong Min

    brilliant 30 #28 Sunghong Min

    Sunghong Min's works gravitate from mutual relations; these are based on his personal attention to the experiences and changing circumstances of individuals or, more simply, documentation of the people who surround him.

  • brilliant 30 #27 Sekyun Ju

    brilliant 30 #27 Sekyun Ju

    As a major part of Ju Sekyun's body of work, the Tracing Drawing series explores the artist’s present self through encounters with familiar traditions that he wishes to pass on, expressed through porcelain.

  • brilliant 30 #26 Kanghoon Kang

    brilliant 30 #26 Kanghoon Kang

    Artist Kanghoon Kang employs real photorealism as a means to depict relationships. Beyond realistic paintings which merely emulate hyper-realistic portraits, Kang’s work brings to light the hidden personas of individual subjects.

  • brilliant 30 #25 Soonyoung Park

    brilliant 30 #25 Soonyoung Park

    Curator Soonyoung Park majored in painting, gaining related expertise in aesthetics and theory. Park is also equipped with hands-on experience of various aspects of the art sector.

  • Sukho Kang

    brilliant 30 #24 Sukho Kang

    Sukho Kang takes an interest in even the most miniscule of creatures as subject matter for his work. The artist asserts that we are surrounded by living creatures. However, rather than embracing them with empathy, human arrogance has destroyed our environment and thrown the order of nature into confusion.

  • Sankeum Koh

    brilliant 30 #23 Sankeum Koh

    The visual and literal references in Sankeum Koh’s works are not necessarily made explicit. Koh employs the canvas as a surface for her work - as she would in a painting – then arranges pearl beads and composes a piece in black and white tones from natural light and shadow.

  • Chaewook Lim

    brilliant 30 #22 Chaewook Lim

    Artist Chaewook Lim has walked a path quite unlike most other artists who graduate from art college and begin their creative work. During his undergraduate studies, Lim entered and won an open competition where he was awarded a Ministerial Prize. He has also been a venture entrepreneur for more than a dozen years.

  • Yongchul Kim

    brilliant 30 #21 Yongchul Kim

    In his paintings, artist Yongchul Kim portrays his subjective experience of Jeombongsan Mountain in Gangwon-do Province, Korea. He discovers the law of survival among living organisms and posits these laws as the source of the ideals and existential experience of human beings.

  • Byungjic Min

    brilliant 30 #20 Byungjic Min

    Curator Byungjic Min asserts that exhibitions have transformed along with the changing times. For Min, exhibitions in the past focused on enlightening and educating the public. However, today’s curatorial practices rethink the very essence of exhibiting, with opportunities to develop flexible tools for disseminating content through multiple channels, opening it up to diverse audiences and interpretations.

  • Yongkwan Kim

    brilliant 30 #19 Yongkwan Kim

    Art is a mirror which reflects, in part, the inner world of the artist. The foundation of Yongkwan Kim’s work is his artistic worldview, formed by personal intuition and logic. However, Kim does not deliver his views in a forthright manner; understanding the artist’s work calls for the use of one’s imagination

  • Kyoungtack Hong

    brilliant 30 #18 Kyoungtack Hong

    Artist Kyoungtack Hong employs the universal imagery of modern capitalist society in his work. From cult figures to present-day celebrities; from books as stores of knowledge and pens as tools to write the mind; from the Virgin Mary to Barbie dolls; from classical music to African-American funk.

  • Kwangho Lee

    brilliant 30 #17 Kwangho Lee

    Artist Kwangho Lee traverses the boundaries of practical furniture design by associating new utility with every day, ordinary materials. Lee’s work is about optimizing an object’s properties by modifying the original usage of common materials such as Styrofoam, electric wires and PVC pipes.

  • Yongseok Oh

    brilliant 30 #16 Yongseok Oh

    Yongseok Oh’s ‘Without Ending’ re-creates a continuum of uninterrupted horizontal lines from its original 1:1 square format. Ironically, this placid landscape signifies the destruction of cinematic intentions and narrative and a critique of subjectivity. The artist calls out perceptual subjectivity within contemporary media, and exposes it for criticism through reciprocal interactions between existing movie scenes and video footage.

  • Kajin Lee

    brilliant 30 #15 Kajin Lee

    Kajin Lee’s glazed celadon (a traditional cerulean colored ceramic vessel from Korea) is a modern interpretation of Korean traditional pottery. Lee’s celadon reflects her principle that ‘The success of clay vessels lies in honest craftsmanship.’ The artist’s ‘Waterdrop’ series emphasizes the preservation of national heritage as embodied in the working properties of a clay and glaze, extending the legacy of ceramic tradition into the 21st Century.

  • Jongjun Son

    brilliant 30 #14 Jongjun Son

    Art reflects on society; Jongjun Son’s work embodies this statement. The “Defensive Measure” series is a reflection on socially disadvantaged people. This series speaks of the desire for digital technology which has cultivated a nation dependent on high-tech devices and networks. Son emphasizes the causes and effects of a cultural lag arising from this phenomenon – the increase of materialism and consumption, and the loss of humanity.

  • Dongi Lee

    brilliant 30 #13 Dongi Lee

    The subjects present in Lee's bodies of works make their appeal with a vague familiarity. The ambivalent identities of Lee’s characters minimize the subjectivity of the artist, leaving room for an open interpretation for the viewer. Thus, Lee’s works are not defined and concluded by the artist; rather, their continuing life - as Bernhard Serexhe (Chief Curator at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe) put it, the “viewer’s active response and emotional engagement.”

  • Jihye Park

    brilliant 30 #12 Jihye Park

    The butterfly effect speaks of the sensitivity caused by individual choices, which in turn can affect the course of a larger system. Jihye Park’s work based on personal experiences that generate powerful results in this vein.

  • Seahyun Lee

    brilliant 30 #11 Seahyun Lee

    Seahyun Lee’s paintings draw together aspects of contemporary society in the form of “social landscapes.” The artist narrates the causes and effects of this “Complex” by covering his canvases in red. Lee’s massive works, depicting nature and villages, elicit recollections of familiar sceneries

  • Chiyung Chung

    brilliant 30 #10 Chiyung Chung

    Chiyung Chung uses photographs as the primary visual referents for his paintings. Chung’s technique is distinguished from what we generally understand as 'photorealism.'

  • Suyeon Kim

    brilliant 30 #9 Suyeon Kim

    Suyeon Kim’s work deliberately breaks down and then reconstructs visual objects. Washed-out shades in Kim’s work indicate the passage of time and fading memory, and manifest fragments of mortality.

  • Tendance Floue

    brilliant 30 #8 Tendance Floue

    Tendance Floue is a collective of French photographers whose principles are based around independence and freedom. This experimental art group uses its own unique and innovative approach to capture the contemporary world through photography. The group also works with various non-photographic media - including books and performances - to realize their work.

  • Jonggeon Lee

    brilliant 30 #7: Jonggeon Lee

    Jonggeon Lee received his MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Seoul National University. Lee’s experience of growing up in the different cultural spaces of Korea and the United States is the foundation of his work, which looks at the de-contextualization of cultural values. Lee has explored historical architecture and monuments displaced from their original site or context, with a particular interest in the unique nature of culture that is lost in the process of dislocation.

  • Haejung Jung

    brilliant 30 #6 Haejung Jung

    Haejung Jung works in diverse media including video, photography, books, drawing, sculpture and installation. Pinpointing just one medium for the sake of introduction is not possible. Nonetheless, if one were to be chosen, it would be travel.

  • Byoungho Kim

    brilliant 30 #5 Byoungho Kim

    Byoungho Kim received his BFA in printing from Hongik University and MFA in image engineering from the Joongang University of Advanced Image Science Multimedia and Film. His works are based on a system of norms and modules that are derived from rationality rather than sensibility. The various pieces he has presented so far show compartmental units and systems of objects and non-objects.

  • Osang Gwon

    brilliant 30 #4 Osang Gwon

    Osang Gwon's works may be called "photo-sculpture", hovering somewhere between the two mediums. Gwon's work to date can be treated as a progressive series, illustrating his goals as an artist.

  • Yunhee Lee

    brilliant 30 #3 Yunhee Lee

    Lee Yunhee’s artistic practice is focused on three-dimensional ceramic work. In addition, Lee has produced installation work based on handicraft methods, and works also in design. She habitually creates a narrative based on an existing work of literature.

  • Seungho Yoo

    brilliant 30 #2 Seungho Yoo

    Graduated from Department of Painting at Hansung University, Yoo Seungho has shown works that exhibit the relationship between language and images in a new way through the form of ‘Munjasansu (calligran landscape painting)’.

  • Yoonkyung Park

    brilliant 30 #1 Yoonkyung Park

    Yoonkyung Park, who graduated from the Department of Painting and the Graduate School at Hongik University, set aside her role as a promising artist, wife and mother of two children and flew to England to pursue further study.

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