Migrants 2015 Oil on polycarbonate LED 94 x 184 cm
SON Bong Chae (1968-)
SON Bong-Chae received attention as the youngest artist to participate in the Gwangju Biennial in 1997 for pioneering the genre of 3D painting. His work’ style is different from the traditional paintings on canvas in that it is composed of multiple numerous layers of painted bulletproof glass to give it a more 3-dimensional look.
‘Migrants’ is the exemplary work that embodies his signature style of 3D paintings. To execute this representative work, Son used a special type of bulletproof glass 300 times stronger than acrylic glass named polycarbonate. On five layers polycarbonate, Son painted a pulled out pine tree and used luminescent diode a special type of lighting similar to LED, to shine over the image. When observed by the viewers, Migrants is reminiscent of traditional Korean painting composed of Chinese ink spreading on Korean traditional paper. His works are not a basic act of layering landscapes but specially dividing one scene or scenery physically into five different sides. While physically it is divided into five sides, conceptually Son divides each layer considering a division of time and space to that it each represents a unique time or place. This creative idea and technique conceptually allows the artist to interpretation an existing place or object and explore the discourse of essence.
To avoid the risk of the discoloration of acrylic glass and breaking of fragile normal glass, Son applied bullet proof material called polycarbonate and shined LED lighting behind the work to overcome perspective.
Son’s characteristic 3D paintings were not only introduced in a middle school art text in 2009 but also had all of his works sold-out at eight art fairs in 2011 including the Swiss Basel Art Fair, Miami Art Basel, Spain Arco Art Fair, Germany’s Cologne Art Fair among many others. In addition, Son had the honor of being nominated as Art Basel’s Rising artist of the year.
2013 ARCO Madrid, Spain
2012 SEO, Bong Chae Son, Frank Stella – Expanded Drawing, Fundacio Palma Espai d’Art
Casal Solleric 2012, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2012 Migrations, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Gemany (solo)
2012 Neue Arbeiten, MaxWeberSixFriedrich, Munich, Germany (solo)
2012 SEO, Kim Yusob, Bong Chae Son, Kim Sangyoen – Korean Modern Art. Status and Prospects, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2011 Bamboo Grove and Wind, Daedam Museum of Art, Damyang, Korea
2011 Landscape of IIIusion, Shinsegae Centuum – City Gallery, Busan, Korea
2011 Group Movement – Lets do it, Kumho Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2011 Dream of Diaspora, Savina Musuem of Art, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2010 Transparent, Opaque, Andy’s Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2010 The Sound of Water and Wind, Beacon Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2010 Erste Nanjing International Contemporary Art Biennale Nanjing, China
2010 The director of citizen participation section of 2010 Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, Korea
2010 Busan Biennial, Busan, Korea
2010 DIGI – FESTA, Biennale Exhibition Hall, Gwangju, Korea
2010 Light – EXPO, Sang-mu public garden, Korea
2010 Ceramic Art & Technology, AT Center Seoul, Korea
2010 NEO SENSE – From illusion to Three Dimension(3D), Savina Museum, Seoul, Korea
2009 The Invitational Exhibition of a Young Artist of the year, Gwangju City Museum, Gwangju, Korea (solo)
2009 Project Part2, Gallery Strenger, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Mind Topology_The Phases of 2009 Korea, NationalTaiwan Museum, Taijung, Taiwan
2009 Mudeung Mnt. Youth Declaration, Gallery D, Gwangju, Korea
2008 Light + Building 2008, Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)
2008 3.Sevilla Biennale, The Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art, The Alhambra, Sevilla, Spain
2008 Sanglok Museum Opening Exhibition, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2008 Hyundai Art Cen