Ik-Joong Kang (b. 1960 Cheong Ju, South Korea)

Ik-Joong Kang
1984, Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn


Born in 1960, in Cheong Ju, South Korea, Ik-Joong Kang has lived and worked in New York City since 1984. He received his BFA from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea, and his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

Kang has exhibited widely, including a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York in 1996; a two-person show with Nam June Paik at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Connecticut; and group exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea. In the spring of 1997, he was awarded The Special Merit prize in the 47th Venice Biennale.

Kang has received many awards and fellowships, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. His work is represented in the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, the Samsung Art Museum, Seoul, Korea, and the President's Committee on Arts and Humanity, Washington, D.C.

"1984년 유학 첫해 그의 뉴욕생활은 하루 12시간의 점원일과 잡역이었다. 그림 그릴 시간이 없던 그는 주머니 속에 작은 캔버스를 만들어 넣고, 오가는 지하철 안에서 작업을 한다. 이것이 지금 그를 있게 한 3인치 작품의 시작이다. 객차안의 군상들, 일상의 단편, 영어단어암기 등 작은 캔버스 안에는 그의 하루가 문자나 기호, 그림으로 기록되었다. 그리고 이런 다양한 이미지들은 모두가 융합되어 강익중 ‘나’로 표현된다. 동양과 서양. 선함과 악함, 얻음과 잃음 기쁨과 슬픔 등이 커다란 줄기를 이루며 나타난다. 동양문화와 서양문화와의 융합과 포용을 나타내던 그의 작품은 더 강렬해진 언조로 세계의 평화와 한국의 통일을 이야기 한다."

1984, The first year of studying abroad, he worked 12 hours a day at grocery store (?). Since he did not have time, he started drawing during subway rides. This is the beginning of his 3x3 work; people in the subway, English words he needed to remember, and symbols of his daily life. All these images represent "me" or "the self". The East and The West, the good and the evil, the loss and the gain, the happiness and the sadness. They express the peace in the world and the unification of the political Koreas.


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