Jeongsu WOO
(b.1986, South Korea)
Jeongsu WOO creates works that shed light on various subcultures and contradictions in society that deviate from mainstream culture. His works possess an underlying layer of anxiety through scenes of unrest, violence or irrationality.

In his most recent works, Woo creates black-and-white images depicting landscapes such as a raging ocean, billowing fields, or a rugged mountain range. Their stories leave an open ending for the figures captured in the setting. For example, ships are not yet destroyed by the towering waves that surround them, and yet they have not yet reached their destination. In this way, Woo’s cartoon-like works become more non-fiction than fiction, blending both humorous and disturbing sensibilities. The selected locations symbolize the artist fighting with something supposedly noble, or larger than life, revealing a deep truth about the chaos of modern society and the construed values that it promotes. against their shades and texture.

Jeongsu Woo was born in Korea in 1986. He received his BFA and MFA from the Korea National University of Arts in 2010 and 2015, respectively. He has held four exhibitions around Seoul, most notably in the Kumho Museum of Art (2018) and the OCI Museum of Art (2016). He has participated in group exhibitions since 2010 around Korea with notable galleries and museums of being Sungkok Art Museum (2010), Mimesis Art Museum (2018), and Hakgojae Gallery (2018). Woo’s work is included in the public collections of the Kumho Museum of Art, the OCI Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Gwacheon. He lives and works in Seoul.

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