Sangwoo Kim

Works

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  • Sangwoo Kim Moon Yellow 01
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  • Spring Epilogue Bassa

Biography

Sang Woo Kim (Korea, 1980) after graduating in Fine Arts, section Art and Craft from Chonnam National University in 2004 he trained in the Onggi-pottery (traditional Korean earthenware) learning how to build giant vessels from thin slabs of clay. Since Switzerland became his second home, he has used it to make unmistakable artworks.

With their gentle curves, they are reminiscent of the natural beauty of pebbles polished by water, throught them he express his idea of life as the result of the daily experiences.They radiate great calmness and, at the same time, appear animated by the play of light on their high gloss surfaces. He engraves some of his works with Korean verses or fine lines, reminiscent of fingerprints, and burnishes all his objects for days on end. Unique patterns and a broad palette of earthy colour tones develop during the subsequent pit-firing.

For several years Kim has also built porcelain objects that he also burnishes. Like the clay works, through their simple, elegant and sensual forms they say about artist’s perception of life and nature.

CV

EXHIBITIONS

2018
60th Faenza prize exhibition (I)
Maison de la céramique du Pays de Dieulefit (F)
Collective Design, New York (USA) represented by J. Lohmann Gallery
Collect 2018, London (UK) represented by Officine Saffi

2017
Claytime! Side Gallery Barcelona (E)
The Salon: Art + Design, New York (USA)
TRESOR Basel (CH)
Sladmore Contemporary, London (UK)
The Ceramic House, Brighton (UK)
Loewe craft prize, COAM Madrid (E)
37th concurso de ceramica de l’Alcora (E)
Bestform, Kornhaus Bern (CH)
Musée Ariana, morceaux choisis, Geneva (CH)
Collect London, Saatchi Gallery (UK) represented by Officine Saffi
Keramikmarkt Diessen (D)
Galerie ArteSol, Solothurn (CH)

2016
station 8, Zuzwil, Switzerland
Meister der Moderne, Handwerksmesse Munich, Germany
Galerie du Don, Le Don du Fel, France
Galerie Handwerk Munich, Germany
Musée Théodore Deck, Guebwiller, France
Terralha, Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, France
Keramiktage Oldenburg, Germany
Les Tupiniers, Lyon, France

2015
Galerie Marianne Brand, Carouge, Switzerland
Galerie accroTerre, Paris, France
Keramiksymposium Gmunden, Austria
GICB 2015, multi-coloured stories to know, Yeoju, South Korea
Munich Creative Business Week, Galerie Rieder, Germany

2014
Biennale internationale de la Céramique St-Cergue, Switzerland
Galerie Elfi Bohrer, Bonstetten, Switzerland
Gallery LVS, Seoul, Korea
Best Form / Kornhaus, Berna, Switzerland
Sangwoo Kim & Eugenia A.Burgo / Galerie Claudia Geiser, Zurich, Switzerland
Collective céramique / Galerie Marianne Brand, Carouge, Switzerland

2013
Galerie Marianne Brand, Carouge Switzerland
Museo d’Arte Mendrisio, swissceramics Switzerland
Galerie du Don, Le Fel, France
Cheongju International Craft Biennale Korea
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Japan
Galerie Claudia Geiser, Zurich, Switzerland

2012
Arts Pluriels, Château de Réchy, Switzerland
Kiwanis Förderpreis, Berna, Switzerland
LVS Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Ido Gallery, Seoul, Korea
East Asian Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition,
Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2011
Galerie de l’Hôtel de Ville, Yverdon, Switzerland
10ème Biennale Céramique Manises, Spain
International Ceramics festival Mino, Japan

2010
Biennale d’Andenne, Belgium
Galerie Jonas, Cortaillod, Switzerland
Kiwanis Förderpreis, Berna, Switzerland
30th concorso de ceramica de l’Alcora, Spain
Galerie ArteSol, Solothurn, Switzerland

2009
5th World Ceramic Biennale Korea, Korea
Terralha, Festival européen des arts du feu, St-Quentin-la-Poterie, France
Parcours Céramique Carougeois, Carouge, Switzerland
Westerwaldpreis, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany
V Bienal de ceramica El Vendrell, Spain

2008
Arte Diem, mostra “jeune céramique“ a St-Chamond, France
Galerie l’Essor, Le Sentier, Switzerland
LeLiving, Territet/Montreux, Switzerland
Triennale Spiez, Switzerland
Biennale d’Andenne, Belgium
28th concorso de ceramica de l’Alcora, Spain

2007
La Borne s’enflamme 2007, France
Symposium art of fire a Luboradow, Poland
Galeria DESIGN, Wroclaw, Poland
Espace Art et Objets, Losanna, Switzerland

2005
Dong Yang Dayee gallery, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

2004
Celadon Museum, Kangjin, Korea

AWARDS
Bayerischer Staatspreis, Internationale Handwerksmesse Munich Germany, golden medal (2016)
Werkbeitrag des Kantons Berna, Berner Design Stiftung, Switzerland (2012)
Honorable mention at X Bienal Internacional de Cerámica de Manises, Spain (2011)
Honorable mention at 9th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan (2012)
First prize «Der Schöne Schein», Keramiktage Oldenburg, Germany (2009)
Mention d'honneur du Prix des Grands Amateurs du PCC, Parcours Céramique Carougeois, Switzerland (2008)
Second prize at 2. Biennal de Ceramica de Marratxi (BICMA), Spain (2008)
Sabal competition: Gold and special prize for the tea bowl competition in Seoul
(2007)
Sabal competition: bronze medal for the tea bowl competition in Seoul (2005)
Sabal competition: gold medal for the tea bowl competition in Seoul (2003)

COLLECTIONS
Musée Ariana, Ginevra, Switzerland, 2014 and 2015
Amorepacific Museum of Art (APMA), South Korea, 2013
Collection Akademia Sztuk Pilknych we Wroclawiu, Wroclaw, Poland, 2007
Museu del Fang, Marratxi, Spain, 2008
Musée de Carouge, Switzerland, 2009
Fine Art Museum, Slovenia, 2008