Casper Kang | 캐스퍼 강

As a second generation Korean-Canadian, Casper Kang has always been fascinated by - yet mostly unfamiliar - with Korean culture. His early artwork focused on the symbolic cultural imagery of traditional Korean culture, reinterpreting Minhwa (Korean folk painting) and other ancient Korean subjects as complex exercises in composition and meticulous execution.

As Kang continued living in Seoul, his work underwent dramatic phases of transformation, including increasingly abstract renditions of natural imagery, and finally arrived at its current direction which aligns with his view of modern Korean culture. It is a process-driven creation which manipulates not the imagery, but the materiality or physical construct of the Minhwa paintings which inspired his early works — Hanji (Korean mulberry paper), which Minhwa would typically be painted on. His new process manifested itself as meditative acts of repetitive destruction of Hanji, which includes tearing, burning, shredding, bleaching, and fraying.

His present artistic output focuses on the meaninglessness of all things that its meaningless in and of itself is what defines any meaning it may possibly possess. Through the "destruction" of hanji, the material medium of ancient Korean imagery, Kang attempts to empty the inherent meanings of portrayed objects and symbols of culture, rendering them as inverted material, as hollow vessels aspiring to be filled with the meaninglessness of all things.

Casper Kang received bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Carleton University. The artist has previously held 11 solo exhibitions along with over 30 group shows at venues such as Coreana Art Museum, Daelim Museum, Kyobo Art Space and M Contemporary. He has collaborated with variety of entities including Amore Pacific, Adidas, RYSE Hotel and Gentlemonster’s beauty brand- Tamburins.

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biography

EDUCATION

2004  B.A.S., Carleton University School of Architecture, Ottawa, Canada

 

DESIGN EXPERIENCE

2006  HIMMA Architecture, Seoul

2004-2006  SPACE GROUP Architecture, Seoul

2018-2020  IISE, Art Director, Seoul

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018  “Casper Kang”, Jongro Tower x Public Gallery, Seoul

2018  “별의별의별의별”, Sophis Gallery, Seoul

2016  "瑤 池 鏡", Sophis Gallery, Seoul

2015  "Flowers & Fortresses", Studio Concrete, Seoul

2015  "☰" Invitational Exhibition, Gallery IS, Seoul

2014  "Casper Kang", Helio Art Space, Seoul

2013  "新羅 Z", 153 Gallery, Seoul

2012  "MMXII", Gallery AI1, Seoul

2011  "Self Dynasty", Gallery Imazoo, Seoul

2010  “C.R.E.A.M.”, Gallery CHA, Seoul

2009  “Phantasmagoria III”, Daily Projects, Seoul

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020  “Up Close 01”, M Contemporary, Seoul

2020  “Artwave x Dansk”, Dansk Seoul, Seoul

2018  “Yesultong Festival”, Pildong Arts & Culture Street, Seoul

2018  “About Landscapes”, Kyobo Art Space, Seoul

2017  “夢“, Gallery Sai, Seoul

2017  “Art Space No Wave”, Apgujeong Flagship Hyundai Department Store, Seoul

2016  "CCRT Aerospace: The Other Side", Studio Concrete, Seoul

2016  "Chosun Art Treasure Pilgrimage of Lee Cha Do", Jemulpo District, Incheon

2016  "Art Space No Wave", Hyundai Department Store, Daegu

2016  "CCRT Aerospace", Boon the Shop Flagship Store, Seoul

2016  "Between Art", Hyundai Department Store Pangyo, Pangyo

2016  "Time & Time", AK Gallery, Suwon

2016  "Sangsaengjang", Sangsaengjang, Seoul

2016  "Chrysalis", Julian Ongpin Young Artists, Manila

2016  "Log Into the Balance", Hidden M Gallery, Seoul

2015  "Open Studio", Studio Concrete, Seoul

2015  "Adidas Superstar Finale", Daelim Museum, Seoul

2015  "Seoul Fiction", Studio Concrete, Seoul, South Korea

2015  "Adidas Gwangju Opening", Adidas Originals Gwangju Flagship Store, Gwangju, South Korea

2015  "Kaleidoscope Landscape", Danwon Museum, Ansan, South Korea

2015  "특별전", Gallery Imazoo, Seoul

2013  “Creative ©ities”, Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

2013  “Korea Tomorrow - Image Installation”, Seoul Arts Center Hangaram Museum, Seoul

2013  “Take Off Korea 2013”, Interpark Bluesquare Nemo, Seoul

2013  “Fearless”, Able Fine Art NY, New York

2013  "2013 New Generation Seoul", Able Fine Art Seoul, Seoul

2012  "House of Editions", Shinsegae Flagship Gallery, Seoul

2012  "SCAF", Seoul Arts Center Hangaram Museum, Seoul

2012  "8 Seconds Opening Ceremony", 8 Seconds Gallery, Seoul

2012  "Showcase Reboot", Platoon Kunsthalle, Seoul

2011  "YMCA", Gallery Imazoo, Seoul

2010  "Spring, We Will Spring", Gallery Imazoo, Seoul

2008  “International Young Artists’ Exhibition”, Coreana Art Museum (Space*C), Seoul

 

ART FAIRS

2021  "Art Busan 2021”, BEXCO, Busan

2016  "No Wave Art & Living Fair", Alver, Seoul

2015  “Art Wynwood”, The Art Wynwood Pavillion, Miami

2014  "Art Miami Context", The Art Miami Pavilion, Miami

2014  "Daegu Art Fair", Daegu EXCO, Daegu

2014  "CIGE 2014", China National Convention Center, Beijing

2013  “(KIAF) 2013”, COEX, Seoul

2012  "Daegu Art Fair", Daegu EXCO, Daegu

2012  “New Caledonia Hotel Art Fair", Le Méridien Nouméa, New Caledonia

2012  "Art Edition 2012", COEX, Seoul

2012  "CIGE 2012", China World Trade Center, Beijing

 

COMMISSIONS

2021  Tamburins Shinsa flagship store artwork

2020  Tamburins Haus Dosan flagship store artwork

2018  RYSE Hotel artwork (226 editions)

 

PROJECTS

2019  ‘A Modern Environment’ IISE x Goretex installation, Seoul Fashion Week

2017-18  Aju Hotel Group “RYSE Autograph Collection (Marriott Hotels)” Artwork Commission

2017  British American Tobacco (Dunhill) GLO Viral Marketing Campaign Artist

2016  Studio Concrete "CCRT Aerospace", Project Artist

2015  Adidas Korea "Adidas Original Superstar" Marketing Campaign Artist

2014  Amore Pacific "Sulwhasoo 10th Anniversary Artist Collaboration"

2014  Opening Ceremony LLC artist collaboration

2013  “Lucky Numbers”, Dynamic Duo 7th studio album cover artwork

2013  ”Zine Tokyo 6”, publication exhibition, BEAMS flagship store, Tokyo / Taipei

2012  Absolut Vodka Korea artist collaboration

 

PUBLICATIONS

2020  WWD Korea, interview, February 2020

2018  Art Mining, interview, August 2018, artmining Co., Ltd.

2017  Maps Magazine Vol. 108, May 2017, interview, Infinite Media Inc.

2016  Vogue Magazine Korea Dec. 2016, Studio Concrete feature, Doosan Magazine

2016  W Magazine Nov. 2016, (US & Korea), Studio Concrete feature, Condé Nast, Doosan

 

MAGAZINE

2016  Monthly Artist No. 35, June 2016, artist feature, Minu Modern Art Museum

2016  Arena Homme+ Korea June 2016, artist feature, Seoul Cultural Publishers Inc.

2016  Yoho!Girl No. 689, June 2016, interview, Yoho Media Inc.

2016  Eastern Trends, February 2016, Kaya Media Inc.

2016  Urbanlike, January/February 2016, interview, Urban Books Company Inc.

2016  Maps Magazine Vol. 93, January 2016, interview, Infinite Media Inc.

2015  #Original Superstar Takeover, November 2015, Mark(GDW) & Adidas Korea

2015  Kaleidoscope Landscape, July 2015, Ansan Cultural Foundation

2014  Tom Greyhound Tom Paper F/W 2014, November 2014, Studio Concrete & Pillow Book

2014  Harper's Bazaar Man No. 6, September 2014, artist feature, Kaya Media Inc.

2014  Maps Magazine Vol. 73, January 2014, artist feature, Infinite Media Inc.

2013  Next Generation In Asia Creative, Pie Books Japan

2013  Juxtapoz New Contemporary, Ginko Press

2013  Korea Tomorrow 2013 - Image Installation, KoreaTomorrow.org

2013  Divvisions, Casper Kang

2013  Public Art, October 2013, exhibition feature, Magazine Art Inc.

2013  Harper's Bazaar Korea No. 205, August 2013, photoshoot feature, Kaya Media Inc.

2013  Magazine Art, March 2013, exhibition feature, Artinpost Inc.

2012  Spectrum No. 8, Winter 2012, gallery feature, Prizm Distribution Inc.

2012  Gallery Guide Vol. 144, Sept.-Oct. 2012, exhibition feature

2012  Eloquence International Creator’s Magazine No. 53, August 2012, interview, Times Core Co.

2012  Art In Asia, May-June 2012, artist feature aMart Publications Inc.

2012  Arena Homme+ Korea No. 72, February 2012, interview, Seoul Cultural Publishers Inc.

2012  Maps Magazine Vol. 50, February 2012, interview, Infinite Media Inc.

2012  Arena Homme+ Korea No.71, January 2012, feature contributor, Seoul Cultural Publishers Inc.

2011  Art in Culture Vol. 156, December 2011, exhibition feature, aMart Publications Inc.

2011  Esquire Korea Vol. 188, May 2011, artist feature, Kaya Media Inc.

2011  Spectrum No.1, Spring 2011, artist feature, Prizm Distribution Inc.

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