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오상택 [Closets]

2013.11.14 - 2013.12.20




NOV.14 - DEC.20, 2013

Opening Reception_November. 14 (Thu) 6pm

The solo show of photographer Sang-taek Oh, who has represented contemporary people’s dormant desire and self through the subject matter of clothes hung in an imaginary closet, is being held from November 14 through December 20, 2013. After a successful completion of his one-man show (Un)Necessities at Taksu Gallery in Singapore last July, Oh present his 34 new pieces produced in collaboration with garment designers and brands at home and abroad for this Seoul exhibition. 
Born in Seoul in 1970, Sang-taek Oh currently works as a professor of photography at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. After graduation from the Seoul Institute of the Arts, he went to the United States and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has so far held 13 domestic and overseas solo shows and joined numerous group exhibitions. He also joined artist-in-residence programs at the Seoul Museum of ArtNanji Art Studio, and National Art Studio Goyang. His pieces are housed in the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea Art Bank, the Seoul Museum of Art, the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, the Seoul National University Art Museum, OCBC Bank in Singapore, and others. 
During the exhibition a fashion show by Publicka Atelier, a designer garment brand best-known for its classic designs and modern details,was held at 5:00 pm on November 27 (Wed.), 2013. A lecture by Li Ken-shu, a fashionista and monthly art magazine Wolgan Misool chief editor, was also arranged. At the lecture titled My Beautiful Jacket, Lee spoke about his collection of jackets and fashion-related stories.
Artist Statement 
Things ineffable that I want to say.
Tings telltale that I want to conceal.
Things I want to speak about but I should not.
That is probably because people draw pictures.
Chaekgado is the painting of books and scholar’s paraphernalia. As one of the Joseon painting modes, Chaekgado seemed to be a means for Joseon scholars to show off their identity. It is obvious that Joseon scholars wanted to show off their knowledge and living through paintings, a means more refined than books for ostentation. Of course, the meaning and value of painting per se had to be evaluated differently, but its use was for somewhat refined ostentation. This use of art has been often found in art history, not only chaekgado, but also other types of artworks across the ages and in all countries of the world. 
Despite this, chaekgado was widely relished by all walks of life, including royal family and ordinary mortals, as seen in royal paintings and folk paintings. Books were truly of great symbolic significance in Joseon society. If so, what can symbolize the characteristics of our times? I have chosen clothes, especially designer garments. Clothes are obviously a living necessity but can be considered a symbol of social power. I suggest that clothes today are analogous to chaekgado in the past. This is representing and reinterpreting clothesin the form of chaekgado, or so-called “expanded perspective”. It can be said that the typical form of Joseonchaekgado is “expanded perspective”. 
“Expanded perspective” is literally the expanded application and interpretation of perspective, one of the significant principles in Western art. It is a way of interpreting and depicting an object seen from multiple angles in one scene. Joseonchaekgado is particularly marked by this method, but can be seen as one of the painting styles addressed in other Joseon paintings and Western paintings as well. 
Another primary methodology of my work is also a visual conveyance of meaning through a sense of volume. I have met Choi Hong-man, a giant Korean kickboxer and former ssirem wrestler. At the time, I realized the meaning of the word ‘awkward’ for the first time. If an object is tremendously large or small beyond the degree we expect, it would be perceived as a foreign or imaginary being outside of reality. However, Hong was a being that provided me with the sense of reality that he is about 10% larger than a normal person and massive as a whole. This new experience or awkwardness is not an unreal, imaginary sense of volume, it is a sense of volume that is foreign and disparate from the volume we feel through experience. This experience is also an incident that convinced me of the feeling of awkwardness, logically. I thought the true nature of designer goods was similar to this: they cannot be owned with ease but we can possess them all if we try. This is the departure point of my work.
I photographed the closet. Clothes are an item I pay careful attention to, like, and want to have. This is a primary element through which someone perceives my existence. Clothes are obviously an immediate, universal means of perception. Today, when means of visual perception is more evolved than any other times, more people seem to concentrate on garments as means of self-expression. In this context I begin painting clothes as a means of immediate ostentation in contemporary society as one who has a lowbrow taste for clothes or superficial adornment. This may be my reasoning’s rebuke to my instinctive ego; a monolog deriving from restraint of vaunting; or a healing of the stress inflicted on instinct by my reason.
“I make an imaginary closet. I document real clothes and overlap them with the closet. However, the closet is not real, and the clothes are also awkward and unwearable.”

‘CLOSETS’ 오상택 개인전

2013. 11. 14 (목) – 12. 20 (금)

가상의 옷장 속에 걸려있는 옷이라는 소재를 통해 현대인들의 잠재된 욕망과 자아의 모습을 표현한 사진작가 오상택의 개인전 ‘CLOSETS’ 이 11월 14일부터 12월 20일까지 신사동 가로수 길에 위치한 예화랑에서 열립니다. 올해 7월 싱가폴 탁수 갤러리 (Taksu gallery) 에서 성공적으로 개인전, (un)Necessaries를 마치고 서울에서의 전시를 위해 국내외 디자이너 의류 브랜드들과 협업 하여 약 신작 20여 점을 선보입니다. 
1970년, 서울 태생인 작가 오상택은 현재 서울예술대학 사진학과 교수로 재직 중이며 서울예술대학에서 사진과 졸업 후 도미하여 시카고 예술대학에서 학사, 샌프란시스코 예술대학에서 석사를 취득하였습니다. 귀국 후 현재까지 국내외 개인전 13회, 다수의 그룹전, 서울시립미술관 난지미술창작 스튜디오, 국립고양미술창작 스튜디오에서 레지던시 프로그램에 참여하였으며 국립현대미술관 미술은행, 서울시립미술관, 경기도미술관, 서울대 미술관, OCBC 은행 (싱가폴) 등에 작품이 소장되었습니다.
전시 기간 중 11월 27일 오후 5시부터는 클래식한 디자인과 모던한 디테일의 의상을 보여주는 퍼블리카 아뜰리에 Publicka Atelier 의 패션쇼와 패션니스타이며, 미술계의 중요한 역할을 하고 계신 월간 미술 이 건수 편집장의 “My Beautiful Jacket” 이란 타이틀로 그의 쟈켓 collection 과 패션 이야기를 들어 보는 시간을 마련 하였습니다. 



Born. 1970 Seoul, Korea

Live and Work in Seoul, Korea


1996     M.F.A.   San Francisco Art Institute.  San Francisco, USA

1994     B.F.A.    School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Chicago, USA

1990                Seoul Institute of the Arts.  Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibition

2012     (un)Necessaries- Gallery Bundo, Deagu, Korea

2011     Modern Life- Museum of Art Seoul National University (MOA), Seoul

2011     OH Sang-taek Solo Show- Bongsan Cultural Center, Deagu, Korea

2010     Sports II- Gallery JinSun, Seoul

2010     City Romance- Trunk Gallery, Seoul

2008     Sports- Brain Factory, Seoul

2008     Process (2008 Contact Photo Festival)- Lee Ka-Sing Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2007     Process- InSa Art Center, Seoul

2005     Necessaries- JuYoung Gallery, Seoul

1999     Self-Portrait- Gallery Samtuh, Seoul

1996     Self-Portrait- Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, USA


Two Person  Exhibition

2011     Sports Fantasy- Seoul Olympic Museum, Seoul

2010     Fashion or Passion-  Gallery Prior’s, Seoul

2008     Long Day’s Journey- Lee C Gallery, Seoul

Selected  Group  Exhibition


-Open Mind- KOTRA Open Gallery, Seoul, Korea

-S C A G- SCAG Gallery, Seoul, Korea

-Art of Scale. Scale of Art - Museum of Art Seoul National University (MOA), Seoul

-The Rule of Reproduction I- Gallery ChoSun, Seoul, Korea

-Come on Ground- Ilhyun Museum, Kangwondo, Korea

-The Blue Wind- Gallery JinSun, Seoul, Korea

-New Acquisitions- Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Korea

-Nasi Campur- Taksu Gallery, Singapore


-Now _ Here- Korean Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina

-Art in Fighting- Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Korea

-The Gaze of the Observer- Gallery ChoSun, Seoul

-Art Road 77- Gallery Jireh, Korea

-Inspiration- NanJi Art Studio NanJi Gallery, Seoul

-A Fresh Breeze- Gallery JinSun, Seoul

-Discovery of Living-  BuPyeong Art Center, Incheon


-Myths of the City-  Imperial Palace Hotel, Seoul


-Re-viewing on Photography- Gallery Lux, Seoul

-Honest Lie- Zaha Museum, Seoul

-NanJi Air Project3- NanJi Art Studio NanJi Gallery, Seoul

-Incheon Art Flatform Opening Exhibition ‘dasigeahag’- Incheon Art Flatform, Incheon

-9th Songeun Artist Award- InSa Art Center, Seoul

-The White Shirt- LG Flagship Culture Space, Seoul

-DanWon Artist Award- DanWon Hall, Gyeonggido, Korea             

-2009 Photo Korea ‘Shooting Image’- Seoul COEX, Seoul

-NanJi Relay Exhibition- NanJi Art Studio NanJi Gallery, Seoul

-21 Century New Silk Road- Korean Cultural Service, Beijing, China

-Contemporary Korean Photographs- Gyeongnam Art Museum, Korea

-Fleeting- Museum of Art Seoul National University (MOA), Seoul

-1st Anniversary Exhibition- 10 corso como, Seoul

-Another Masterpiece- Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Korea


-Mirror, Mirror- National Museum of Contemporary Art Children’s Museum, Korea

-Seoul International Photography Festival 2008 ‘Humanscape’- Ancient Seoul Station, Seoul

-Open Studio4- National Art Studio Goyang, Korea

-YangPyeong Eco Art Festival 2008 ‘Inevitable Cloud’- YangPyeong, Korea

-Blight and Hope- ChungPa Gallery, Seoul. -Korean Cultural Centre UK, London

-2008 China Pingyao International Photography Festival- China

-Contemporary Korean Photographs- National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

-The 809 International New Image Art Festival- China

-Art Museum The Traveling- National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

-Creation Anatomy- Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Korea

-Home & Away- Gallery National Art Studio Goyang, Korea

-Canvas- Gallery Wa, Korea


-Intro- Gallery National Art Studio Goyang, Korea

-A Solid Scene- ArtBit Gallery, Seoul

-G+Screening Photography from Korea- INDEXG, Toronto, Canada


-People, People- InSa Art Center, Seoul

-Spotlight 30 Women- Paper Tainer Museum, Seoul


Residency Program

2008-09 Seoul City Nanji Art Studio, 3rd Artist (Long Term), Seoul, Korea

2007-08 National Art Studio Goyang, 4thArtist (Long Term), Goyang, Korea

2007     Artists-in-Residence, Instituto Sacatar, Itaparica, Brazil




2009     9th Songeun Artist Award- SongEun Art & Cultural Foundation, Korea

2009     2009 DanWon Art Award- DanWon Art Foundation, Korea




2012     2012 Seoul Institute of the Arts Grant- Seoul Institute of the Arts, Korea

2012     2012 Grant for Visual Art- Seoul Foundation Arts & Culture, Korea

2010     2010 Grant for SeMA Young Artists- Seoul Museum of Arts, Korea

2010     2010 Grant for Visual Art- Seoul Foundation Arts & Culture, Korea


Exhibition Management

2012     The Rule of Reproduction I- Gallery ChoSun, Seoul, Korea

2007     G+Screening Photography from Korea- INDEXG, Toronto, Canada



2012     The Rule of Reproduction I- Published by Publishing Gallery ChoSun

2010     City Romance & Process- Published by Publishing BODA



2011     Atelier, Udemji, p242-251

2011     Photographer,s bag/07 Oh Sang-Taek, Photonet, p60-67

2010     Photography Edge to Edge, Hakgojea, p251-263

2009     Dreaming Picture, Korea House, p118-127


Public Collection

-National Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Bank, Korea

-Seoul Museum of Art, Korea

-Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Korea

-Museum of Art Seoul National University (MOA), Korea 

1970년 서울 生

1996   M.F.A. 샌프란시스코 예술대학교 (San Francisco Art Institute) 사진과 대학원 졸업
1994   B.F.A. 시카고 예술대학교 (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) 사진과 졸업
1990  서울예술대학  (Seoul Institute of the Arts) 사진과 졸업 

2013   (un)Necessaries- Taksu gallery 싱가폴, 발리 
2012 (un)Necessaries- Gallery 분도, 대구
2011 Modern Life- 서울대학교 미술관, 서울
2011 오상택 展- 봉산문화회관, 대구  
2010 SportsII- Gallery JinSun, 서울
2010 City Romance- Trunk Gallery, 서울
2008 Sports- Brain Factory, 서울
2008 Process (2008 Contact Photo Festival)- Lee Ka-Sing Gallery, 토론토, 캐나다
2007 Process- 인사아트센터, 서울
2005 Necessaries- 주영화랑, 서울
1999 Self-Portrait- 샘터화랑, 서울
1996 Self-Portrait- Diego Rivera Gallery, 샌프란시스코, 미국  

2011 Sports Fantasy (오상택 변대용 2인전)- 서울올림픽기념관, 서울
2010 Fashion or Passion (오상택 최지영 2인전)- Gallery Prior’s, 서울
2008 Long Day’s Journey (오상택 차소림 2인전)- Lee C Gallery, 서울

-The Rule of Reproduction I- Gallery 조선, 서울
-Come on Ground- 일현미술관, 강원도
-The Blue Wind- Gallery JinSun, 서울
-New Acquisitions- 대구문예회관, 대구 
-Nasi Campur- Taksu Gallery, 싱가폴
-Now _ Here- 중남미문화원, 부에노스 아이레스, 아르헨티나
-Art in Fighting- 대구문예회관, 대구
-관찰자의 시선- Gallery 조선, 서울
-Art Road 77- Gallery 이레, 경기도
-Inspiration- 서울시립미술관 난지미술창작스튜디오 난지gallery, 서울
-A Fresh Breeze- Gallery JinSun, 서울
-생활의 발견- 부평아트센터, 인천
-Myths of the City- Imperial Palace Hotel, 서울
-사진다시보기- Gallery Lux, 서울
-정직한 거짓말- 자하미술관, 서울
-NanJi Air Project3- 서울시립미술관 난지미술창작스튜디오, 서울
-인천 아트플렛폼 개관기획전 ‘다시 개항’- 인천 아트플렛폼, 인천
-송은미술대상전- 인사아트센터, 서울
-The White Shirt- LG 플래그십 컬쳐 스페이스, 서울
-단원미술대전- 안산 단원전시관, 경기도 
-Photo Korea 2009 ‘Shooting Image’- 서울COEX 장보고Hall, 서울
-NanJi Relay Exhibition- 서울시립미술관 난지미술창작스튜디오 난지gallery, 서울
-21c 신 실크로드- 주중한국 문화원, 북경, 중국
-한국 현대 사진 60년- 경남도립미술관, 경상남도
-Fleeting- 서울대미술관, 서울 
-무자년 만찬- Brain Factory, 서울
-1st Anniversary Exhibition- 10 corso como, 서울
-공공의 걸작- 경기도 미술관, 경기도
-거울아, 거울아- 국립현대미술관 어린이 미술관, 과천
-서울 국제 사진 페스티벌 본전 (Humanscape)- (구)서울역사, 서울
-Open Studio4- 국립 창작 스튜디오, 고양
-2008 양평 환경 미술제 (연기된 구름)- 양평, 경기도
-파괴 그리고 희망- 청파 갤러리, 서울  - 주영한국 문화원, 런던, 영국
-2008 China Pingyao International Photography Festival- 핑야오, 중국
-한국 현대 사진 60년- 국립현대미술관, 과천
-The 809 International New Image Art Festival- 이창, 중국
-찾아가는 미술관- 국립현대미술관, 과천
-창작해부학- 경기도 미술관, 경기도
-Home & Away- 국립 창작 스튜디오 고양 전시관, 고양
-진행형의 캔버스- Gallery 와, 경기도
-Intro 展- 국립 창작 스튜디오 고양 전시관, 고양
-견고한 장면- ArtBit Gallery, 서울
-G+Screening Photography from Korea- INDEXG, 토론토, 캐나다
-사람, 사람들- 인사아트센터, 서울
-Spotlight 30 Women- Paper Tainer Museum, 서울

레지던시 프로그램 
2008-09  서울시립미술관 난지미술창작 스튜디오 3기 장기 입주작가 
2007-08  국립고양미술창작 스튜디오 4기 장기 입주작가
2007-08  국립현대미술관 국제 교환 레지던스 프로그램 선정작가- Instituto Sacatar, Brazil

2009 제9회 송은미술대상 장려상 수상
2009 2009 단원미술대전 우수상 수상

2012 서울문화재단 시각예술창작지원 선정
2010 서울시립미술관 SeMA 신진작가 전시지원 선정
2010 서울문화재단 시각예술창작지원 선정

2012 The Rule of Reproduction I- Gallery 조선, 서울
2007 G+Screening Photography from Korea- INDEXG, 토론토, 캐나다

2012 The Rule of Reproduction I- 출판 갤러리조선
2010 City Romance & Process - Publishing BODA

단행본 게재
2011 작업실, 방과후 작업실-오상택, 이상현,이안나 엮음, 우듬지, p242-251
2011 사진가의 가방, photographer,s bag/07 오상택,  포토넷 편집부 엮음, 포토넷, p60-67
2010 사진의 극과극, 꿈과현실, 최현주 엮음, 학고재, p251-263
2009 꿈꾸는 사진, 오상택, 이일우 엮음, 코리아 하우스, p118-127
2002 한 장의 사진미학, 또 다른 자화상, 진동선 엮음, 사진예술사, p30-35

-국립현대미술관 미술은행
-OCBC bank (싱가폴)
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현재 서울예술대학교 사진과 교수

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