Sungchul Hong

Born 1969 in South Korea


Hong Sungchul completed an M.F.A and B.F.A in sculpture at Hongik University in Seoul before finishing another M.F.A in Integrated Media at California Institute of the Arts in the US. Since graduating he has exhibited many times in the Far East, the USA and Europe and his work features in several international collections. The Pontone Gallery presents his latest pieces in an exclusive show at their new space in Chelsea.

The work takes the form of sculptural constructions, mostly wall based reliefs, (although some pieces are free-standing). Sequences of elastic cords are printed with photographic images and stretched over canvasses or within steel frames. These images, from a distance, look entire. However, on closer inspection, they become increasingly fragmented and fugitive, as the viewer becomes more and more aware of their mode of fabrication. A tension arises out of this rupture of the perception of pictorial flatness.

The images are of arms and hands grasping, holding and intertwining, sometimes manipulating a string of beads or a wad of paper. There is an emphasis on intimacy in their depiction of mutual touch and interrelation. The nature of the construction disrupts this and makes reference to the artist’s wish to ‘reanimate communication’; the disruption makes us take notice.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017    Solid but Fluid, Pontone gallery, London, UK

2012    Solid but Fluid, HADA | VYNER STREET, London, UK­

2011    Solid but Fluid, gallery IHN, Seoul, Korea

Les mains déFILent Les yeux FILent, Galerie Orem, Paris, France

2010    Les mains déFILent Les yeux FILent, Galerie Orem, Paris, France

Solid but Fluid, YHD Projects, Seoul, Korea

2008    Anxiety and dynamics of incompleteness,Kring, Seoul, Korea 

2007    Perceptual Mirror, gallery IHN, Seoul, Korea,

Young_eun Artist Relay, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju, Korea

2002    RGB show_Green, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2001    String Tongue, CalArts, Los Angeles, USA

2000    White Cube, CalArts, Los Angeles, USA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017    Looking Glass,  the Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, USA

Art Palm Springs, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, USA

Affirmation & Interrogation, 021 gallery, Deagu, Korea

Journey to DA VINCI, Art center of Hamyang county, Hamyang, Korea

2016    TAKSU in Art Stage Singapore 2016, Singapore


Flat-Form Subject & Object, Comix Home Base, Hong kong

SALON 2016, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghamton, USA

2015    The Figure in Art, Exhibit A, NY, USA

Material Witnesses, Taksu Galleries, Singapore

From Moment to Moment, Jeju Museum of Art, JeJu, Korea

Portrait Gallery, Kallenbach gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alma Mater, Gana Art, Seoul, Korea

2014    FEEL LIFE SAF 2014, Waterfall Mansion gallery, NYC, USA

Eye Zone, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Re-presenting Representation VIII, ARNOT ART MUSEUM, New York, USA

SALON3.2014, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghamton, USA

2013   Hong Sungchul & Park Seungmo, HADA contemporary, London, UK­

Life style 2013, Waterfall gallery, NYC, USA

New waves Korea, Taksu gallery, Singapore

2012    Korean eye 2012, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Out of Frame, Interalia, Seoul, Korea

Temporal Being & On Manner of Forming, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2011   The Senses ; Interactive Perception, HADA contemporary, London, UK­

Korean Collective den Haag 2011, Galerie Noordeinde, Den Haag, Nederland

Double Democracy, artGwangju, Korea

Korean Collective Basel 2011, hall33, Basel, Switzerland

2010   Korea tomorrow, SETEC, Seoul, Korea

Korean Collective London 2010, Albemarlegallery, London, UK

Hong sungdo – Hong Sungchul , Erhard Witzel Gallery , Wiesbaden, Germany

Remind, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju, Korea

Man Ray & His Heritage, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2009   The Magic of Photography, Hanmi photo Museum, Seoul, Korea

Shooting Image, KOEX, Seoul, Korea

Varied space, Andy’s Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2008    Artists, what is science for you?, KAIST ,Daejeon, Korea

Contemporary Korean Photographs 1948-2008, MOCA, Gwacheon, Korea

Your Mind’s Eye_Digital Spectrum, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

From Korea in Beijing, Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China

2007    Mutual Induction, KTF Gallery the Orange, Seoul

Cool Bits, Sun Contemporary, Seoul

Text in Bodyscape, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

Look & See, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul

2006   Soft Landing- 7 Artists Meet BMW, CAIS Gallery, Seoul

EHS project, Sejong Center, Seoul

1st Anniversary Exhibition, Cube Space, Seoul

2005    R-mutation, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

Korean Contemporary Sculpture for Citizen, Jebiwool Museum, Gwacheon

Between, Contemporary Art Museum of Hongik University/ Staatliche Akademie der

Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Issues of Criticism, POSCO Art Museum, Seoul

2004    ADADA 2004_Digital & Imagination, Ewha Gallery, Seoul

Contemporary Art Video & Installation, Daegu Art Center, Daegu

Korea Contemporary Sculpture Accociation 2004, Jinhae Culture Street, Jinhae

Soul & Bowl, Gallery IHN, Seoul

Alternative Realities, EMAF, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul

Storytelling Media COMO, SKT Center, Seoul

2003    Fake & Fantasy, Art Center Nabi, Seoul

Charity-Present, Ssamziespace, Seoul

Vision 21, Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul

At Home, KEPCO Plaza, Seoul

Window of Communication-Uijeongbu International Media Art Exhibition, Uijeongbu Art Center, Uijeongbu

Beauty, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

I, You, Us, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

Dreamy Hive, Daling Art Foundation, Seoul

2002    The 2nd Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

Alchemy, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

Korea-Japan Network Art, Art Center Nabi, Seoul/ IMA, Fukui City Art Museum, Japan

2001    Peer, Gallery 825, LA

Immediate Distance, Main Gallery, CalArts, LA

Great Video Installation, D301 Gallery, Calarts, LA

Have a Cool Summer, Track 16, LA

2000    Art Video Screening, Bijou, Calarts, LA

1999   Mold, Bijou, Calarts, LA

Relay, Space Kang, Seoul

1998   New Village-Obsession, Art Center, Seoul

Resonance, Art Center, Seoul

1996   Cinderella Report, Duckwon Gallery, Seoul

Macaroni Western, Hyundai Department Store, Seoul

1995   Team Spirit, Duckwon Gallery, Seoul

Imitation & Rotation, Duckwon Gallery, Seoul

Fusing Cement in Art, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

Education & Ego, Space SADI, Seoul

Rebellion of Space, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

1994   New village-Ecology of Routine Life, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul

The 7th Busan Biennial, Busan Art Center, Busan

Booking in Gallery, Gallery BoDa, Seoul

New Village-When, Where with Whom, Battangol Gallery, Seoul


Residency program

Youngeun Studio program (6th), Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju, Korea


Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

Kolon Group, Gwacheon, Korea

Byuksan Fondation, Seoul, Korea

Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju, Korea

Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

BOGHOSSIAN Fondation, Brussels, Belgium

Bokwang Group, Seoul, Korea

Pfizer Korea, Seoul, Korea

CJ E&M, Seoul, Korea

F&F, Seoul, Korea

SK Telecom, Seoul, Korea


Commissioned Public Art project

Platinum River building, Seoul Korea

Winstonpark building, Ilsan, Korea

SKT tower Seoul, Korea

Dansung Theater, Seoul, Korea

Deawoo Dosibit building, Seoul, Korea

SK-Reader’s view condo, Seoul, Korea

Platinumvalue building, Seoul, Korea

Theot (Fashion shopping mall), Seoul, Korea

FKI (Federation of Korean Industries Head Office Building) Tower, Seoul, Korea