Organic geometry: Hong Seung-Hye’s works oscillate between the figurative and the abstract
1st edition, 2020
Text in English
224 pages, 222 color illustrations
24 x 30 cm
Seoul-based artist Hong Seung-Hye has garnered a unique position in the art scene through her bravado in defying conventional borders, whether it’s mixing the abstract and the figurative or the plane and the three-dimensional. Nor does she shy away from employing public spaces just as freely as she experiments inside a white cube.
This book, the first in English to focus on Hong’s work, traces the trajectory of her prolific career. Featuring more than two hundred color reproductions of Hong’s art, it also includes four essays written by distinguished Korean critics, curators, and educators who have closely witnessed and worked alongside Hong throughout the past two decades. Originally written in context with solo exhibitions, each of which marked a milestone in her career, the essays offer individual starting points from which to delve into and read Hong’s art. Ranging from her earliest paper collages to her most recent videos, which reinterpret the comic strip character Snoopy, the book presents a comprehensive survey of Hong’s versatility.
Hong Seung-Hye lives and works in Seoul, where she also teaches as a professor in the Department of Fine Arts, Seoul National University of Science & Technology.
Beck Jee-sook is an art critic and director of Seoul Museum of Art.
Eunah Park is director of Kukje Gallery in Seoul.
Hwang In is a Seoul-based art activist. He has curated exhibitions in South Korea and Japan and has initiated numerous projects at the interface of art, science, and technology.
Michael Lim lives and works in Seoul as an art and design criitc.
Yun Nanjie is art historian teaching at the Department of Art History, Ehwa Womans University in Seoul.