JUNYOUNG KANG | 강준영

Junyoung Kang is a mix of energy and turbulence by applying graffiti on ceramics. His colorful style was influenced by the street pop culture in Australia where he spent his childhood. His first solo exhibition was held in 2006 after he was awarded the grand prize from Icheon International Ceramic Expo that same year. He has been active in the global art scene, particularly in Europe and Asia. The main theme of his art is “Family Love”. He expresses this theme through modern languages and different mediums, covering not only ceramics, but also paint, found objects, and mixed media. He applies literary storytelling to his vast range of works. With his academic background as a ceramist, the base of his work is soil, that is an ultimate resource, brings warm, genuine, and passionate feelings.

 

As the artistic combination of colorful contemporary graffiti and the traditional shape of ceramics is compelling to fashionable audiences, his work has been featured by many influential fashion magazines with photoshoots of Korean movie stars, and collaborated with renowned brands such as Nike, LG Fashion, and NARS. Although his eye-capturing work is beloved by fashion brands and many trendy spaces these days, it is not just about vivid visual effect or style. For example, he explores “home” one of the most familiar subject matters to every audience. Everyone builds one’s own universe – at home; it is a base of human life, start of a family, story of growth; sometimes it is the happiest place in the world, in other times, it can be the opposite; love, conflict, hate, joy, sadness… it is the place where all of those human emotions arouse and come across. Indeed, his work embraces our emotions, love, and stories in the ceramics, videos, and other medium. Considering the above, it is not surprising that the literature his work genuinely touches people’s heart, offers comfortable and warm feelings, and makes us smile.

 

Kang received B.F.A. in Ceramic & Glass, and M.F.A. in Ceramic Art, from Hongik University, Seoul. His work can be found in many private, public collections, and high-end fashion houses, including 10 Corsocomo Seoul, Pradise City, Incheon and the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Building, in Seoul.

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biography

EDUCATION

2016  MFA in Ceramic art, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

2006  BFA in Ceramics and Glass, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021  Fluidity and Things, Gallery Aki, Seoul, Korea

2017  Dong jang goon, CR Collective, Seoul, Korea

2015  Kang Jun Young Solo Exhibition, Gallery Huue, Singapore

2014  …to Listen, Gallery Button, Seoul, Korea

2013  You were there, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, Korea

2011  I will pray for you!, Gallery Hyundai Window Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2009  Story 哥, Gallery Ssamji, Seoul, Korea

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021  Point and Line to Plane, Arter tain, Seoul, Korea

2020  Punch Drunk Love: Gary Komarin & Kang Jun-Young, Azulejo Gallery, Seoul, Korea          

2020  Yun Dong-Ju Cultural Festival-Prologue, Seoul, Korea           

2020  Space, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea           

2020  Unfolding, Art Moment, Seoul, Korea          

2020  One Way Life, Total Museum, Seoul, Korea

2019  Artist’s Table, Gallery B, Seoul, Korea          

2019  The Power of Beginning, Kangdong Art Center, Seoul, Korea          

2019  Intuitive Drawing, REPLAT, Seoul, Korea           

2019  Hyper Salon, U-art Space, Seoul, Korea          

2019  House of Things, SODA Museum, Suwon, Korea          

2019  Talk about Clayarch, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, Korea          

2019  The Praxis, KCDF, Seoul, Korea

2018  1821, D-art Plant, Myeongdong Cathedral, Seoul, Korea                           

2018  Acknowledging the Differences, National Museum of Ravenna, Italy         

2018  Contamination, CR Collective, Seoul, Korea

2017  IFA Show, Berlin, Germany

2016  Harmony of Materials, Sophis Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2015  START, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK           

2015  Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Yeoju,Korea

2014  Young Revolution, ION ART Gallery, Singapore           

2014  Design Feisty, K11 Art Space, Hong Kong

2013  Primavera, Amway Museum, Seongnam, Korea           

2013  Four Multiplicities, EMOA Space, New York, USA          

2013  Prime o Korea, Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency, Seoul, Korea

2012  Reality Equals Dream, ION Art Gallery, Singapore          

2012  Do Window Vol.4, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

2011  East Asia Celadon Exhibition, Yingge Ceramic Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan

2010  Autonomy Zone 1-130, Arts Council Korea-arco, Seoul, Korea

2009  Ceramix-Climax, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

2007  London North Korean n Restaurant, Art House Gallery, London, UK 

 

AWARDS

2006  First Place, Clay Olympic

 

COLLECTIONS

Hanhyanglim Modern Ceramic Museum, Korea

Korea Racing Authority, Seoul, Korea

The National Assembly Building, Seoul, Korea

Boutique Monaco Museum, Seoul, Korea

 

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