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GoEun Museum of Photography Annual Project
Don’t Move
Byun SoonChoel
SEP 8. 2018. – NOV 21. 2018.


ⓒ Byun SoonChoel, New York. 1998





   GoEun Museum of Photography Annual Project 2018 Byun SoonChoel, Don’t move is an exhibition where Byun, a consistent explorer of portraits, recollects the projects and photographic attitudes he had achieved so far. Moreover it is the first exhibition to properly introduce New York and Kid Nostalgia, the series that have heralded the beginning of Byun's very own photographic styles. The exhibition provides useful leads to understand Byun's work. His interest in humans is linked to contemplation on himself. Subjects he had encountered during his days in New York were mundane yet unique with obscure colors, like Byun himself who had failed to sync completely with that unfamiliar world. Characters and landscapes fully captured by focusing entirely on the subjects are a reflection of himself and the result of fierce self-recognition.

In the early days, it seems his work had pursued portrait itself, rather than interpretation or concept of portraits. His only interest was in the specific subject placed in front of his lens and he captured those unique colors and psychology hidden behind the ordinary. Expressions and gestures captured momentarily from the people of the same era who perhaps possess his loneliness and discomfort, as well as liveliness of the style and those specific details are his trademarks that still continue today. At times blended with the surroundings, and at times its background excluded as much as possible, people photographed at close range or at a distance approach us as scenes of honesty.

“The object exists in itself, and, on the other hand, the object is, in itself, pictorial, as we perceive it: image it is, but a self-existing image.” 1

His lens aiming at the essence beyond the person induces interaction between the photographic medium and human perception.
Study on essence expands as another format structure in Interracial Couple series. It exhibits different types of couples and families encountered not just in the community of New York but in society in general, and is also portraits of artist himself searching for his identity from the society. The eyes of these couples from their own private spaces face the camera with different postures and expressions. Sometimes they seem to be replying to someone but they are already free from the camera. It's as if they are aware of what's going on around them in front of the camera and have decided how they are going to present themselves. Then similar to completing a massive painting, the artist concentrates intensely on the relationship formed among his characters’ expressions and postures, overall atmosphere and colors, and lastly the details, so that he can maximize what color photography can offer. Large prints that are life-sized or even bigger immediately overwhelms the spectators with their scale and details. Especially in this exhibition, part of Interracial Couple series can be enjoyed in large prints.

Byun SoonChoel has proven with his works that portraits can be observed and expressed in new and different ways. Such task can be recognition of oneself and an "instinctive self-portrait". This is why Byun stresses the truth. However that truth cannot be all contained in a single photograph at once and there's no way to confirm it. So this is what he says. Do not move and stop everything for now. And look into my photographs, and you yourself.

“Don’t move”
With the works by Korea's leading portrait photographer Byun SoonCheol, the exhibition will diagnose where his photographic views originated from during the last 20 years as they socially, historically and culturally expanded, and provide prospects for his future possibilities.

GoEun Museum of Photography
1 Henri Bergson, Matter and Memory, Translated by Jongwon Park, Acanet, 2005, p. 23.
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About Artist

Byun SoonChoel
1969   Born in Seoul, Korea

Education
2001   School of Visual Arts, Photography and Related Media 1Year Completion (MFA.) New York, U.S.A
2000   International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, U.S.A
1999   School of Visual Arts Photography (BFA.), New York, U.S.A

Profile [In detail]
Solo Exhibitions
2016   Ask the Essence, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea / Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2015   Control Color, Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  The Last Wish, The Chosun ilbo Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
  National Song Contest, Seohakdong Photo Gallery, Jeonju, Korea
2014   National Song Contest., Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2013   Byun Soonchoel, Gallery iLHO, Seoul, Korea
  1996 to the Present, Grigo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009   Portraits of Photographer, Series Corner, Seoul, Korea
2008   Eye to I, Art Space Hue, Seoul, Korea
  The Couple, Space DA, Beijing, China
2005   Couples, Gallery Ssamzie, Seoul, Korea
1998   byun soonchoel, East Side Gallery (School of Visual Arts), New York, U.S.A

Group Exhibitions
2018   Photo London, Somerset House, London, U.K
2017   Syncronizing Instances, Korean Cultural Center Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
  Score: Music for Everyone, Deagu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
2016   Public to Private: Photography in Korean Art since 1989, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2015   Seoul Photo Festival – Our Happy Day, 70th Anniversary of Independence: A Photographic Reflection, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  A Trip of Life - The Experimental Art Project, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Korea
2014   5San People, Osan Museum of Art, Osan, Korea
  The 5th Jinan International Photography Biennial, Jinan, China
  Paintian, ARA Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2013   Seoul Photo Festival – Portrait of Times, Times of Portrait, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  Summer Collection, Grigo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists, Seoul Auction, Seoul, Korea
2012   Landscape of Moment, Seongnam Arts Center, Seongnam, Korea
2011   To Confront, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, Korea
  Performance by Onlookers – Korean, Chinese and Japanese Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2010   On the Cutting Edge – Aspects of Korean Contemporary photography, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  Some Kids, Kyung-in Museum of Fine Art, Seoul, Korea
  Prone to looking your dream, Uijeongbu Arts Center, Uijeongbu, Korea
  A Positive View, Somerset House, London, U.K
  Korean Art Show, La.venue, New York, U.S.A
2009   International Multi Art Show, Busan Cultural Center, Busan, Korea
  Myth in the Mirror, Shinsegae Gallery Centumcity, Busan, Korea
  Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China
  Risweyi International Photo Festival, Risweyi, China
  Dali International Photo Festival, Dali, China
2008   Asian Art Festival, Sungsan Art Hall, Changwon, Korea
  The Fascination for Life, Gallery LVS, Seoul, Korea
  Love is, Haeinsa Temple, Hapcheon, Korea
  New Landscape, Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  Neighborhood Facilities, Alternative Space Pool, Seoul, Korea
  Seoul Photo Fair 2008, COEX, Seoul, Korea
  New Frontier of Korea Photography, Gallery Now, Seoul, Korea
  The Big and Hip_Korean Photography Now, Rho Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2007   STARS, Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  Myth in the Mirror, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea
  Seoul Art Cinema, Gallery Art Side, Seoul, Korea
2006   Vanitas, Espace Sol, Seoul, Korea
  Peeping Tom, Gallery Gana-Beaubourg, Paris, France
  Wake-up Andy Warhol, Gallery Ssamzie, Seoul, Korea
  Media Art 2006, Danwon Art Museum, Ansan, Korea
  Site & Structure, Gallery Now, Seoul, Korea
2005   Seoul Photo Triennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  PASSION IN FASHION, The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Seoul, Korea
2004   Fashion Photography: B Cut, Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
  Soy Sauce Factory Assault, Sempio Space, Icheon, Korea
2000   ICP Group Show 529, West Chelsea Art Building, New York, U.S.A
1999   John Kobal Portrait Photography Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, U.K
  Photography 18, Perkins Center for the Arts, New Jersey, U.S.A
1998   Piea International Photo, Piea Exhibition, New Orleans, U.S.A

Awards & Honors
2009   FGI Year of the Photographer, Seoul, Korea
2000   International Center of Photography (ICP) Via Wynroth Fellowship, U.S.A
1999   John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, U.K
1998   Special Photography Department Grant (SVA), U.S.A
  Piea International Photo Competition, U.S.A

Publications
2015   Switzerland, Grigo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2014   National Song Contest, NOONBIT Publishing Co., Seoul, Korea
  National Song Contest, gcolon Culture Book, Seoul, Korea
2013   SOON, Grigo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  BYUN SOON CHOEL, Grigo Gallery, Seoul, Korea


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