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Chulan Kwak

Chulan Kwak(b.1979)

Chulan Kwak says craft is ‘to be realized by meeting with concepts and materials’, but from the point of view of craft itself, this concept is intuitively grasped through matter. Whether the idea of ​​starting design or craft is a form roll that appears as a matter of personal demand or market demand, Chulan Kwak, who says that he himself is good at giving forms to concepts with materials, calls himself “form-giver”.For him, design does not end with giving by order, but is the artist’s own personal record, which remains as a specially shaped material. This is what makes Chulan Kwak a designer and a proud artist.

 

The unexpected outcome of the uniqueness of materials and techniques handled by Chulan Kwak is reminiscent of the dialectic process of harmony that goes beyond the division of genres.And his works, which make a new harmony rather than a conflict, seem to relate to the overall harmony of organic design, which does not exist only as a single outcome, but also in relation to others.Chulan Kwak says that he is concerned with how to build or rebuild a new context by destroying rather than assimilating himself in the existing context, and transforming even the small changes that come out of the plain and repetitive into elements that can create a variety of discourses.The process of “form-giving” to materialize this immaterial concept becomes an art work that shapes the dialectic relationship between logic and intuition.

 

Reseach

_2017 Daekyo International 3D Symposium / senior researcher / Daekyo Cultural Foundation

_2016 Daekyo International 3D Symposium / cooperative researcher / Daekyo Cultural Foundation

_2016~2017 Artistic Education for the talented in art / cooperative researcher / Seoul office of Education

_2015~2017 Seoul Citizen Art College / senior researcher / Seoul Cultural Foundation

_2014~2015 Craft & Design Education for University Students / cooperative researcher / Korea Craft & Design Foundation

_2015 Furniture Designs for Glad Hotel in Jeju / cooperative researcher / JOH & Co.

_2014 Furniture Designs for Single-person Households / senior researcher / Designer’s Lab

 

Thesis

_2013 Study of Swedish Humanitarian Functionalism and Svensk Tenn

_2012 Study of Interdisciplinary Design Education of Design Academy Eindhoven

_2010 Materializing Dematerialization / Louise Schouwenberg (Supervisor)

_2010 The SuperHero, Craftsman / Joost Grootens (Supervisor)

_2006 A Study of Furniture Design Using Application of Correlative Concept / Y.H Yoon (Supervisor)

 

Study

_2010 Master Degree in Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven(NL)

_2008 Master’s Course in Woodworking and Furniture Design at Hong-ik University

_2006 B.F.A in Woodworking and Furniture Design at Hong-ik University

 

Awards

_2015 Selected Artist of Billiant 30 / Hyundai Motors

_2014 Selected Artst of Korea Tomorrow / Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

_2007 Prize / Honglim Group

_2006 Prize / The President of Hongik University

_2005 Editors Awards / Seoul Living Design Fair 2005

_2005 Finalist / International Furniture Design Competition Asahikawa 2005 / Japan

_2005 Special Prize / Korea International Furniture and Interior Fair 2005

_2005 Finalist / GaGu Guide Furniture Design Competition

_2005 Bronze Leaf/ Steel Furniture Design Competition

 

Work

_2014~ Professor / Sangmyung University

_2011~2013 External Professor / Sangmyung University, Hong-ik University etc.

_2011~2015 Design Director / Designer’s Lab Furniture

_2011~2014 Concept Director, Designer / Seesay Furniture

_2011~2013 External Designer / Wellz Original Furniture

_2009 Design Assiatant / OOOMS Studio

etc.

 

Solo show

_2017 Smart X Human / Korea Craft Trend Fair / Seoul, Korea

_2017 Moire Vases / Feria Habitat Valencia / Valencia, Spain

_2017 Tagent / G.Gallery / Seoul, Korea

_2017 Life Art Illustrations / Sapporo Citizen Gallery / Sapporo, Japan

_2016 Kiwa Benches and Stools / Artside Gallery / Seoul, Korea

_2016 Pond tables / Plusdesign Gallery / Milan, Italy

_2016 7 colors of Moire trays / Ventura Lambrate / Milan, Italy

_2015 Moired Benches and Stools / Mad Museum of Art / Singapore

_2015 Moired / Sangmyung University Museum / Seoul, Korea

_2014 YOUniverse / Paris Design Week / Paris, France

_2013 Kusek / Lee and Park Gallery / Paju, Korea

_2013 Kiwascape /Stockholm Furniture Fair / Stockholm, Sweden

_2012 The Fragments of Dragon / COEX / Seoul, Korea

_2012 The Wooden Table / DMY Berlin / Berlin, Germany

_2011 Iceberg /The Next Door Gallery / Seoul, Korea

 

Group Show

_2018 ‘Chapter 1 Edit’ Seoul Opening Exhibition / Seoul, Korea

_2017 Asia Network Beyind Design 2017 / Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan

_2017 Korea Society of Basic Design & Art in Seoul / Seoul, Korea

_2017 Korea Society of Basic Design & Art in Mexico City / Maxico City, Maxico

_2016 Korea Society of Basic Design & Art in Kuala Lumpur / Galeri Seni, Malaysia

_2016 The 3rd INKAS International Exhibition / Seoul, Korea

_2016 The 35th Honglim Exhibition / Seoul, Korea

_2016 The Korea Association of Art & Design International Exhibition / Incheon, Korea

_2016 ANBD Special Collaboration Posters / Sapporo, Japan

_2016 Asia Network Beyind Design 2016 / Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan

_2016 Korea Institute of Cultural Product & Design International Exhibition / Baijing, China

_2016 Kofuso International Furniture Exhibition / Ilsan, Korea

_2016 Korea Society of Basic Design & Art in Barcelona / Barcelona. Spain

_2015 The 34th Honglim Exhibition / Daejeon, Korea

_2015 Co-existence / Tokyo, Japan

_2015 The Wave of Harmony / Tokyo, Japan

_2015 The Korea Contents Association International Digital Exhibition / Seoul, Korea

_2015 Korea Society of Basic Design & Art Autumn International Exhibition / Seoul, Korea

_2015 The Korea Association of Art & Design International Exhibition / Sichuan, China

_2015 Korea Society of Design Science Autumn International Exhibition / Jeonnam, Korea

_2015 Asia Network Beyind Design 2015 / Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan

_2015 Kofuso International Furniture Exhibition / Ilsan, Korea

_2015 Korea Society of Basic Design & Art in Narita / Narita. Japan

_2015 Korea Society of Basic Design & Art in Seattle / Seattle, USA

_2015 ‘The Eternal Possibilities of material’ of Korea Craft & Design Foundation  / Seoul, Korea

_2015 Korea Society of Basic Design & Art Spring International Exhibition / Pusan, Korea

_2015 Korea Society of Basic Design & Art in Sapporo / Sapporo, Japan

_2015 Maison deCouronne / Blue Square Hannam / Seoul, Korea

_2015 Kwanghwamun Art Festival / Gallery Sejong / Seoul, Korea

_2014 Asia Network Beyind Design 2014 / Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan

_2014 Kofuso International Furniture Exhibition / Ilsan, Korea

_2014 Young Korean Artists / Seoul, Korea

_2014 K-Artist / Seoul, Korea

_2014 The 33th Honglim Group Exhibition / Seoul, Korea

_2014 Korea Tomorrow 2014 / Seoul, Korea

_2012 Life. AUser’s Manual / Culture Station Seoul 284 / Seoul, Korea

_2012 KSBDA Monash University International Exhibition / Melbourne, Australia

_2012 Gallery Galaxy Opening Show / Gallery Galaxy / Beijing, China

_2012 East AsiaArt Festival / Gallery Sky-yeon / Seoul, Korea

_2012 Asia Network Beyond Design / Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China

_2012 KSBDA International Exhibition / Konkuk University / Seoul, Korea

_2012 Seoul Living Design Fair 2012 / COEX / Seoul, Korea

_2010 Super Organism in Dutch Design Week / Nova Gallery / Eindhoven, Netherlands

_2010 Inside Design Amsterdam / Elle Wonen / Amsterdam, Netherlands

_08-10 Contextual Design Exhibition / De Witte Dame / Eindhoven. Netherlands

_99-08 Furniture Design Exhibition / MoMA, Hongik University / Seoul, Korea

_2008 Seoul Living Design Fair 2008 (L’UNICO Launching Show) / COEX / Seoul, Korea

_2007 The 1st Seoul Design Week / COEX / Seoul, Korea

_2007 26th Honglim Group Exhibition / Hanwoori / Seoul, Korea

_2006 Exhibition of Hong-ik University’s 60th Anniversary / MoMA, Hongik University / Seoul,Korea

_2006 1st Shinsegae Purple Art Cake Room / Shnsegae Gallery / Seoul, Korea

_2006 25th Honglim Group Exhibition / Dukwon Gallery / Seoul, Korea

_2006 Seoul Housing Deco 2006 / COEX / Seoul, Korea

_2006 Seoul Living Design Fair 2006 / COEX / Seoul, Korea

_2006 6th Korea Furniture Society Exhibition / KINTEX / Ilsan, Korea

_2006 Salon duMeuble de Paris 2006 / Paris Parc des Expositions / Paris, France

_2005 Decosit 2005/ Bruxelles Expo / Bruxelles, Belgium

_2005 KOFURN2005 /KINTEX / Ilsan, Korea

_2005 SeoulHousing Deco 2006 / COEX / Seoul, Korea

_2004 3th Seoul International Media Art Biennale / Seoul Museum of Art / Seoul, Korea

etc.