Kibong Rhee: There is No Place
In his widely celebrated paintings, the artist uses a complex layering technique to create incredible depth and movement. This three-dimensional optical dynamism married with natural scenes constitute an essential part of the artist’s oeuvre. For his site-specific installation, Rhee will be creating a diorama-like scene replete with a life-sized replica of a tree and time based misting elements — an effect that literally animates his interests in nostalgia and ephemerality.
The artist’s installations and works on canvas reflect his interest in the subtle nature of change and he has observed that all things are in a continual state of evolution and disappearance — a phenomenon he has likened to water flowing. Rhee’s unique painting technique, along with the highly specific landscapes he chooses to paint, frame this cycle. The artist feels that disappearance is a physical process of nature that arouses a sense of beauty, reflection and fantasy; in this way physical experiences expand to become both spiritual and transcendent.
Born in 1957, Kibong Rhee graduated from the Seoul National University with a Master’s degree in painting. He first gained attention when he was awarded the Grand Prix at the National Art Exhibition in 1986, and has established himself as one of the leading artists in Korea. His work has been collected by many renowned institutions worldwide including the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art and the Korean National Museum, Hoam Art Museum, and ZKM Museum (Germany), in addition he has been included in the Busan Biennale 2010, Biennale Cuvée 2009, the 2008 Sevilla Biennale, and the Singapore Biennale, 2008.
Eok-Jo-Chang-Saeng (億造創生: We create things, things create us)Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2016Kibong Rhee will participate in Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2016, taking place in the Changwon Yongji Lake area from September 22 to October 23, 2016. One...Read more
Kibong RheePublic ArtBorn in 1957, in Seoul, Rhee Kibong is an artist using elements like fog, bubble, water, and dust. He explains the beauty of these substances...Read more