01. Documentary

Fake of the Kingdom 작가인터뷰영상

소리나무 영상

대만동호철강파운데이션 작가 인터뷰 영상

02. Art Critics

The Truly Original Sculpture of Donghun SUNG

International exchange in contemporary art increased dramatically in the 1990s.  Sculpture in Asia benefitted greatly and has steadily advanced since.  Within this global movement, Korean sculptor Sung Donghun has manifested his own individuality through his artworks.  In the catalogue titled Nomadism of Brain, published in conjunction with his solo exhibition in 2009, Sung revealed his thoughts on nomadism.  He believes that nomadism means thinking without being bound by any kind of form and perception, and he has actively engaged in sculpture in diverse societies with mixed cultures.  Thus, nomadism for Sung not only serves as a foundation for his ideas but is a specific means for his work.  A good example is Into Brain, a typical sculpture that reflects Sung’s consciousness.  A skull of cement and stainless steel splits open to reveal what seems to be a network of neural circuitry inside that expresses how humans receive diverse stimuli from outside and process them.  Sung’s sculptures are quite singular in that he concentrates enormously on their insides.  Many of his works are made to open and close, and he put symbolic things inside.  The opening and closing of his sculptures makes their form and the meaning inside the form all the richer.  The appearance of his sculpture from a distance is completely different from that when one is close.

Sung became famous in the Korean art world in the 1990s with his Don Quixote series.  He broke away from the Don Quixote series in 1999, effectively breaking his mold and engaging in diverse forms of sculpture.  It was actually already in the 1990s that Sung began to produce different types of works that express his thoughts about politics, society, and history, and the burdens and responsibilities of an artist toward society.  However, he had done the Don Quixote series so extensively that Sung was widely misperceived as having done only that and nothing else.  Even so, Sung’s Don Quixote series is extremely varied in both form and materials used.  Korean art critics have already long analyzed and accurately assessed Sung’s Don Quixote series, so I will concentrate on how the Don Quixote series in his early years has influenced his later works from an artistic perspective.  The overall formativeness and dignity of these works impart a feeling of power to viewers and seem to fill Sung’s sculptures with dynamic energy.  Even his works about sex manifest energy, vitality, and the basic instinct that humans have as living things. 

《金英雄.破神話》—評朱銘美術館成東勳鋼雕展 Golden Hero in Shattered Myth- Steel Sculpture of Sung Dong-Hun

CHEN, Kuang-Yi 

National Taiwan University of Arts, Associate Professor

The “Gold Hero in Shattered Myth” staged by Juming Museum in May 2011 created an occasion for the dialogs of two Asian sculptors Liu Po-Chun, a well-known Taiwanese sculptor, and Sung Dong-Hun, invited artist-in-residence. Sung was born in 1967 in Busan, Korea. In 1990 he won two first prizes of sculpture with his “Don Quixote Series” and became noticed by Korean art society. Sung is prolific and his artworks are highly credited. Since 2001 he began to reside in art villages all over Americas, Asia and Europe. He also hosts International Desert Art Project. Sung loves to know different cultures and passionately integrates different cultural elements into his art. In this exhibition he presented his steel sculpture since 2007 and his highly praised “Don Quixote Series”, and the projects he accomplished  in collaboration with the Tung Ho Steel Corporation during his residency in Juming Museum. Among these works, the “Sound Tree- Happy Tree of Jinshan” was the largest in scale.

Steel sponsored by Tung Ho was the major material for Sung’s creation during his residency. The birth of steel industry at the dawn of the nineteenth century played a crucial role in the industrial revolution, and steel became the foundation of all industries. The production and consumption of steel were often used to judge a country’s economic status.

Pretty soon steel was brought into art by avant-garde artists, which made steel in art paralleled to glass as the new material for modern architecture. In the beginning of the twentieth century, steel began to be used in sculpture. Today, after more than one hundred years, how does Korean artist Sung Dong-Hon respond to the complicated history and unique characteristics of steel sculpture? How does he reflect and relate the cultures of Taiwan and Korea with this medium?

03. Media Report

04. Publication

사막에서 펼친 이방인들의 흔적들 유목민이 된 예술가들_성동훈 저
국제사막예술프로젝트 참여 작품들과 작품 제작 과정, 전시 과정 등에 대해 자세하게 담고 있다. 미국과 몽골의 사막에서 현대 미술가들의 반성과 새로운 시도라는 의미를 갖고 시작한 이 프로젝트에는
조각, 회화, 사진, 비디오, 평론 등 다양한 분야에서 활동하는 이들이 참여했는데 이 책에서 사막과 어우러진 다양한 예술 작품들을 만나볼 수 있다.
호주 붉은 사막의 심장부 드림타임 스토리;트레이싱_다발 킴 저
한국문화예술위원회가 후원하고, 2015년 SBS를 통해 4부작으로 방영된 5명의 예술가들의 호주 노마딕아트레지던시 프로그램은 호주 원주민아트센터에서 그들의 문화를 체험하고 사막에서 예술의 꽃을 피운 예술가들의 여정과 창작의 프로세스를 보여주는 다큐멘터리로 엮은 책이다.