MUN-GI YANG

Presentation

Portait-Mun-gi Yang

Born in 1977 in Gwang-Ju ( South Korea ).

 

Biography

Mun­-Gi Yang, born in Gwang-Ju in South Korea,  graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts at Chosun University.

In 2012, sculptor-artist presented his exhibition Story of Luxury Stone at Okgwa Art Museum in South Korea. This exhibition revealed a specific attention, which gives significance and symbolism to luxury handbag by exploiting the aesthetics of stone. In this exhibition, 45 works interrogate the nature of object and of human beings, as well as question the structure of social mechanisms in developing the contemporary desire. Although it seems like these Luxury stones are at first parodic objects of Chinese counterfeit handbags of famous brands, such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel, they go beyond a simple imitation or representation of these objects. Through the characteristics of stone-made items, the useful function of bag disappeared. The object loses its useful features and is now transformed into a symbol, an icon. Only the desire of possession, which related to each brand’s unique visual identity, is kept. The desire here is sublimated by the stone, polished and carved as jewel on the one hand, and its untamed nature and timeless peculiarity for statuary tradition on the other. This diversion carries thus both the modern luxury items and material. The weight of Luxury stones suggests the massive and fetishist characteristics of luxury consumption in Asia, at once the human sacrifices involving the production process and acquisition of luxury goods. These works question the deaf persistence, through the modern market economy, the stress and imperative of being successful in the society.


"Fascinating and desirable, stones possess a great variety of forms and immeasurable textures, not only the heaviest, hardest and roughest stones, but also those whose forms have been destroyed as time passed. Perhaps that’s why I never get tired of them. And my work changed how I see them. Now, I’d like to go against the cliche that stone is not a kind of material for contemporary art, to maximize its features and plastic potential, therefore, to give a sense to it in contemporary artistic reflection."

- Mun-­Gi Yang

Exhibitions

Personal Exhibitions:

2014

Luxury Stone, Galerie Marie Laure de l’Ecotais, Paris, France

2012

Story of Luxury Stone, Art Museum of Okgwa, South Korea

2010  

Luxury Stone, Gallery Gowol, South Korea

2009

Luxury Stone, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2007

Story of Stone and Luxury Products, Lotte gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea 


1999

Yang Mun-Gi's Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Buk-gu Office, Gwang-ju, South Korea

 

 

Group Exhibitions :

2014  

Art Paris, Galerie LOFT, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Construct the Life and Fabricate, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea


2013

LOFTISSIMES, Galerie LOFT, Paris, France

Performance - A playful exhibition on the street, Paris, France

Performance - A playful exhibition on the street, Lyon, France

2012  

Art of Miracle, Galerie AK, Suwon, South Korea


Progress. Transpierce, Gwang Ju Museum of art, Gwang-ju, South Korea


VOGUE MOMENT, MoA (Seoul National University Museum of Art), Seoul, South Korea


2011

Art in Capital, Grand Palais, Paris, France

SNBA 2011, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France

ART ROAD 77 – With Art, With Artist !, Galerie Hangil, South Korea


The Artist Brand, GAMO Gallery, South Korea

Stone Garden, Lotte Gallery, South Korea

2010

SNBA 2010, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France

Super Heroes : Fashion & Fantasy, Lotte Avenuel, Seoul, South Korea


Luxury, Dongshin University Museum of Culture, Naju, South Korea


2009  

ART & PLAY – Art in superstar, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea


BluedotAsia, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, South Korea


SOAF (Seoul Open Art Fair), Park Ryu Sook Gallery, KOEX, Seoul, South Korea


Korea Galleries Art Fair, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, BEXCO, Busan, South Korea

2008

Zero Base. Action. Art, Market of Deain, Gwang-ju, South Korea

KIAF (Korea International Art Fair), Park Ryu Sook Gallery, KOEX, Seoul, South Korea

ART Singapore 2008 Fair, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Suntec, Singapore

Sh Contemporary, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair 2008, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

SOAF (Seoul Open Art Fair), Park Ryu Sook Gallery, KOEX, Seoul, South Korea

A Prelude of May, Gwang-ju Museum of Art, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Korea Galleries Art Fair, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, BEXCO, Busan, South Korea

2007

NY ACAF(Asian Contemporary Art Fair), Park Ryu Sook Gallery, NY, U.S.A.

SOAF(Seoul Open Art Fair), Park Ryu Sook Gallery, KOEX, Seoul, South Korea

Daegu Art Fair, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, EXCO, Daegu, South Korea

Sh Contemporary, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

Seoul Art Fair, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea

A Field of Gwang-ju Art, Gwang-ju Museum of Art, Gwang-ju,South  Korea

Creative Studio, Museum of Gwang-ju & Museum of Art in Kumnamro, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Conception + Nothing, Okwa Art Museum, South Korea

There are Artists near us in Open Studio Festival, Lotte Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Open Studio 3, Former provincial present office, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Look at An Ancestor Worship Ceremony of Dragon and Chinese Phoenix, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Hut, Chosun University Museum, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Beakhak Sculpture Society, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Namdo sculpture Society, Gwang-ju, South Korea

2006

Art Orchestra, Gwang-ju Biennale, Gwang-ju Art Museum, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Artists Going to the Department Store - "Shocking, Shocking, Gwangju Lotte Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Opening Exhibition of Gwangju Art Museum Yangsan-dong, Production Studio, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Sea Art Exhibition, Busan Biennale, Busan,South  Korea

Flower and Butterfly, Janwon Museum, Ham-Pyung, Junlanam-do,South Korea

Beyond Generation of 60 years, Future and Future, Chosun University Art Gallery, Chosun University, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Open Studio Festival, Sinsaegae Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Environmental Art Exhibition - "Outing to Forest", Okgwa Art Museum & Lotte Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea

From Expressing, Exhibition Commemorating the Opening of Seo-gu Art Center, Seo-gu Art Center, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Museum Cabaret, A branch Museum of Gwang-ju Museum of Art in Kumnamro, Gwang-ju, South Korea

2005

Gwangju Video Center - Sajik Park Pigion Exhibition, Gwangju Video Center, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Artists Going to the Department Store - Shocking, Shocking, Gwangju Lotte Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Environmental Art Exhibition, Okgwa Museum & Lotte Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Planned and participated in the Gwangju Biennale Docent Exhibition, Okgwa Museum, Gwang-ju, South Korea

2004

Joyful Imaginative Exhibition (Yang Mun-Gi, Jo Gwang-Seok), Gwangju Lotte Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea

An Bin Nak Do Exhibition (four artists), Okgwa Art Museum, Okgwa, National Grand Prix of South Korea

Regular Exhibition of the National Sculpture Association

New Meeting, New Suggestion Exhibition, Chosun University Art Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea

Fusion Exhibition, Ilgok Library, Gwang-ju, South Korea

2003

Power Exhibition, Inje Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea

2002

Youth Artists Exhibition Commemorating the Opening of the Gallery Sang, Gallery Sang, Seoul, South Korea

Power Point Exhibition, Inje Gallery, Gwang-ju, South Korea

 

Prize and Rewards :

2006   

Selected by the Furniture Exhibition at the Busan Biennial

Member of the Culture and Art Committee of Gwang-Ju

2000

National Grand Prix of sculpture

1998

National Grand Prix of Arts (non-figurative)

1997

National Grand Prix of Arts (non-figurative)

Special Award of of ceremony hosted by Hangaram Gallery

Award of Sang Gallery

1996

Award of Excellence of the Museum of Modern Art in Seoul

Special Award of contemporary sculpture exhibition in Seoul

 

COLLECTIONS:

Art Museum of Okgwa, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

Art Museum of Gwang-ju, Gwang-ju, South Korea