• FEB 26 to MAR 30
    Solo Exhibition
    No Rest for the Wicked


    • Solo Exhibition
    • Emerging Artists

    Dates and Opening hours

    FEB 26 to MAR 30, 2013

    Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 8pm

    Vernissage: Opening cocktail on Tuesday 26 February from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Event Location

    Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin - Paris




     We spend just above 30% of our lives in bed. Our global average lifespans are 67.2 years, meaning we spend about 20.16 years in our beds. If NYC is the city that never sleeps, than HK is the city that never rests... I moved to HK from Seoul, Korea just under a year ago and it has been a shock to my internal metabolism. Here in the twisting canyons of steel and glass and the relentless din of it’s congested Market alleys, I have drawn my inspiration and at times perspiration for my recent exhibition at Galerie Perrotin HK.

    I should tell you that I was born in Incheon city Korea, raised in Minnesota USA, spent over 12 years of my life in NYC and 4 years in paris. So as a result, I travel a lot. Un­like my transition From NYC to Paris which seemed a de-aceleration, my recent move had the absolutely opposite effect. Here everyone is busy all the time, perhaps it is the famous Chinese work ethic, or the fact that Hong kong is the only truly global cosmopolitan city in asia. Clearly it re-defines the term “hustle and bustle” for the 21st century. Upon moving here I found that a couple things happened to me and most importantly my work.

    The first is I started looking at and taking my own pictures, I have always used a cultural perspective of being a kind of accidental tourist when it comes to making art. My subject matter has purposely and definitively never been about me. Maybe my early adoption to america, where I was swallowed up by middle american culture as a 4 year old and was always an outsider inside of something that was truly foreign to me, has never really let go. I just I know I have always been more fascinated with the outside world and the swirling maelstrom of culture than my own private and simple internal conversations. However, as I started making the show last year in my usual way things slowly began to change...

    My daily routine has always been pretty much the same, get up, get ready for the day with coffee and breakfast and then head to the studio. I have always been a bit of an insomniac, sometimes its jet lag, sometimes extremely vivid dreams, a lot of times I just can’t shut off my headful of thoughts the night before. As I mentioned before I had recently moved from Seoul, which is a great city to paint in. It is quite special in that it is a large city but is still relatively calm, it has big american style streets and every building seems to have its own space. In terms of the scale of it’s urban planning Hong kong is infinitely more dense, with impossibly small sidewalks and far more european in layout. Coming from Seoul my immediate reaction was one of excitement and awe.

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