CHULAN KWAK | 곽철안

Chulan Kwak calls himself “a form-giver” because he materializes ungraspable ideas to physical forms of sculpture by exploring various materials such as wood, metal or stainless steel. The artist attempts to find out his own ‘zero ground’ to build his activities from the very fundamental stage, so he continues to experiment in creating new material and techniques.

In Kwak’s Cursive Structure series, the artist is inspired from the movement of Caoshu(known as Chinese cursive brush-writing) which is the most abbreviated typeface in the calligraphy. He re-structures the two dimensional strokes of Caoshu, which seemed to run the blank space rhythmically, into the three dimensional structure. Through the form of free curves, he creates this unique practice of cursive structure that functions as well as creating a contrast between the object and margin of space that changes depending on various points of perspectives. His goal is to break down the pretense of vigilance and clear away doubts. That is why he does not close the curve in a circle past 360 degrees. Kwak seeks to create a spatialillusion that was structurally sturdy but deviated from the gravitational effects we feel as if Caoshu is characterized by a fresh and structual form.

Also Kwak aims to insert furniture with dynamic emotion, breaking from the static norms. For instance,  <RNI Table> is modeled after images of running horses that motivated him to create furniture which takes-off from a point in space and time. 

Chulan Kwak has BFA and Master’s Course in Woodworking and Furniture Design at Hong-ik University and a Master Degree in IM Masters at Design Academy Eindhoven. Currently, he is Professor of Living Arts, Department of Art, College of Culture and Arts, Sangmyung University. His work is part of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art 'Cursive Structure chair_cube merged', Changdeok Palace.

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biography

Professor at Living art & design department at Sangmyung University

 

Education

2010  Master Degree in IM Masters at Design Academy Eindhoven(NL)

2008  Master’s Course in Woodworking and Furniture Design at Hong-ik University

2006  B.F.A in Woodworking and Furniture Design at Hong-ik University

 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITON

2021  Life Inspiration & Art, LIA Collection, Seoul, Korea

2020  Shy & Bold, ADM Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2020  Moire Chairs, Gallery Mark, Seoul, Korea

2019  Cursive Stucture, Asian Network Beyond Design, Teipei, Taiwan

2018  Cursive Structure Chairs, Asian Network Beyond Design, Seoul, Korea

2018  Cursive Structure, Asian Network Beyond Design, Gaosiung, Taiwan

2017  Smart x Human, Craft Trend Fair Main Pavilion, Seoul

2017  Moire Vases, Feria Habitat Valencia, Valencia, Spain

2017  Tagent, G.Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2017  Life Art Illustrations, Sapporo Citizen Gallery, Sapporo, Japan

2016  Kiwa Benches and Stools, Artside Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016  Pond tables, Plusdesign Gallery, Milan, Italy

2016  7 colors of Moire trays, Ventura Lambrate, Milan, Italy

2015  Moired Benches and Stools, Mad Museum of Art, Singapore

2015  Moired, Sangmyung University Museum Exhibition Room, Seoul, Korea

2014  YOUniverse, Paris Design Week, Paris, France

2013  Well assorted(구색), Lee and Park Gallery, Paju, Korea

2013  Kiwascape, Stockholm Furniture Fair, Stockholm, Sweden

2012  The Fragments of Dragon, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2012  The Wooden Table, DMY Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2011  Iceberg, The Next Door Gallery, Seoul, Korea

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020  Craft Trend Fair "Plum Blossom Shop", Seoul, Korea

2019  National Hangeul Museum Hangul Project, Seoul, Korea

2018  Korean Design Association Autumn International Invitation Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2018  Korea Creative Content Association Spain International Planning Invitation, Girona, Spain

2018  Korea Contents Association Jeju International Planning Invitation, Jeju, Korea

2018  Korea Creative Content Association International Planning Invitation, Mokpo, Korea

2018  Korean Society of Basic Art & Design Egypt International Exhibition, Cairo, Egypt

2018  Korea Society of Basic Art & Design Canada International Exhibition, Ottawa, Canada

2018  Korea Society of Basic Art & Design Russia International Exhibition, Novosibirsk, Russia

2018  Korea Foundation Society Autumn International Planning Invitation, Seoul, Korea

2018  Korea Society of Product Culture and Design International Design Invitation, Seoul, Korea

2018  Korea Society of Product Culture and Design International Design Invitation, Vladivostok, Russia

2018  Asia Network Beyind Design Special Exhibition, Münchan, Germany

2018  Asia Network Beyind Design 2018, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan

2018  'Chapter 1 Edit' Seoul Opening Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2017  Asia Network Beyind Design 2017, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan

2017  Korea Foundation for Basic Formation Seoul International Planning Invitation, Seoul, Korea

2017  Korea Society of Basic Art and Design Mexico City International Invitation, Maximo City, Maximo

2016  Korean Basic Art Society Kuala Lumpur International Invitation Exhibition, Galeri Seni, Malaysia

2016  3rd Inkas International Exchange Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2016  35th Honglim Rotation, Seoul, Korea

2016  Korea Mold Design Association International Mold Design Exhibition, Incheon, Korea

2016  ANBD Special Collaboration Posters, Sapporo, Japan

2016  Asia Network Beyind Design 2016, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan

2016  International Design Exhibition of the Korean Society of Commodity, Culture and Design, Baijing, China

2016  Korea Furniture Association International Exchange Exhibition, Ilsan, Korea

2016  Barcelona International Exhibition of the Korean Foundation for Basic Art and Design, Barcelona. Spain

2015  34th Honglim Rotation, Daejun, Korea

2015  Co-existence, Tokyo, Japan

2015  The Wave of Harmony, Tokyo, Japan

2015  Korea Creative Content Society International Digital Design Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2015  International Exhibition on the Estimation of the Korean Foundation for Basic Formation, Seoul, Korea

2015  Korea Society of Geometry Design International Geometry Design Exhibition, Sichuan, China

2015  Korean Design Association Autumn International Invitation Exhibition, Jeonnam, Korea

2015  Asia Network Beyind Design 2015, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan

2015  Korea Furniture Association International Invitation, Ilsan, Korea

2015  Asian Basic Molding Association Narita Competition, Narita. Japan

2015  Seattle International Exhibition of the Korea Foundation for Basic Formation, Seattle, USA

2015  Korea Craft Culture Promotion Agency's 'Infinite Possibilities of Materials – Hap', Seoul, Korea

2015  Sangmyung University & Habuk University of Science and Technology International Exchange Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2015  Korean Society of Basic Formation Spring International Invitation, Pusan, Korea

2015  International Exhibition of Satboro, Korea Foundation for Basic Formation, Sapporo, Japan

2015  Maison de Couronne, Hannam Blue Square, Seoul, Korea

2015  Gwanghwamun Art Festival,  Sejong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2014  Asia Network Beyind Design 2014, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan

2014  Korea Furniture Association International Exchange Exhibition, Ilsan, Korea

2014  YKA, Seoul, Korea

2014  K-Artist, Seoul, Korea

2014  33rd Honglim Rotation, Seoul, Korea

2014  Korea Tomorrow 2014, Seoul, Korea

2012  Life. A User’s Manual, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, Korea

2012  KSBDA Monash University International Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

2012  GalleryGalaxy Opening Show, Gallery Galaxy, Beijing, China

2012  East AsiaArt Festival, Gallery Sky-yeon, Seoul, Korea

2012  Asia NetworkBeyond Design, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China

2012  KSBDA International Exhibition, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea

2012  Seoul Livingdesign Fair 2012, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2010  SuperOrganism in Dutch Design Week, Nova Gallery, Eindhoven, Netherlands

2010  Inside Design Amsterdam, Elle Wonen, Amsterdam, Netherlands

08-10  Conceptual Design Exhibition,  De Witte Dame, Eindhoven. Netherlands

99-08  FurnitureDesign Exhibition, MoMA, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

2008  Seoul Livingdesign Fair 2008 (L’UNICO Launching Show), COEX, Seoul, Korea

2007  1st SeoulDesign Week, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2007  26th HonglimGroup Exhibition, Hanwoori, Seoul, Korea

2006  Exhibitionof Hong-ik University’s 60th Anniversary, MoMA, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

2006  1stShinsegae Purple Art Cake Room, Shnsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2006  25th Honglim Group Exhibition, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2006  Seoul Housing Deco 2006, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2006  Seoul Living Design Fair 2006, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2006  6th Korea Furniture Society Exhibition, KINTEX, Ilsan, Korea

2006  Salon du Meuble de Paris 2006, Paris Parc des Expositions, Paris, France

2005  Decosit 2005, Bruxelles Expo, Bruxelles, Belgium

2005  KOFURN2005, KINTEX, Ilsan, Korea

2005  Seoul Housing Deco 2006, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2004  3th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

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COLLABORATIONS

2020  Gentle Monster

2020  DUOMO.co

2011~2015  Designer’s Lab Furniture

2011~2014  Seesay Furniture

2011~2013  Wellz Original Furniture

2009  Design Assiatant / OOOMS Studio

 

AWARDS

2020  Korea Society of Basic Formation Long Beach Best Picture Award

2015  Brilliant 30 Selected Artist / Hyundai Motor

2014  Korea Tomorrow Artist / Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

2007  Honglim Prize / Honglim Group

2006  President of Hongik University Award / President of Hongik University

2005  Editors Awards / Seoul Living Design Fair 2005

2005  Finalist / International Furniture Design Competition Asahikawa 2005 / Japan

2005  Special Prize / Korea International Furniture and Interior Fair 2005

2005  Finalist / GaGu Guide Furniture Design Competition

2005  Bronze Leaf/ Steel Furniture Design Competition

 

COLLECTIONS

2019  National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art 'Cursive Structure chair_cube merged'

2019  Changdeok Palace, Palace of Cultural Heritage Headquarters

 

INSTALLATION

2020  Suwon Station Purgio Xi Exterior Artifacts

2020  Ansan Linebu Square e-Pyeonhansesang External sculptures

2020  Grand Chosun Busan Interior Artifacts

2019 Cafede Gwanghwamun Interior Artifacts

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