Woosun Cheon

born in 1976




Metal
Woosun Cheon

born in 1976







Metal

Woosun Cheon trained in metal making. He began experimenting with vessel shapes, more specifically jars inspired by Korean ceramics from 2015. Based on different forms, he developed a method of dividing space into small units. He interprets space as though he is sketching in pencil. Each piece of wire is a line, and they meet to create a whole piece. Depending on the intended effect the lines are assembled in different directions. So the temperament and the mind of the making is an essential part of the creative work. Linear experimentation is the core. For this the making skill has to match the effect. Each wire is individually welded together with a lot of precision. Over the years, Woosun has truly mastered the skill of welding and finishing.

Like many Korean artists, because of the Confucian tradition, the mindset is the core of all making. Woosun is inspired by his surrounding environment and people. His work is in the collection of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA.


Collections

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary 'Art Bank' (Korea)

Seoul Metropolitan Government Culture Headquarters Museum Division (Korea)

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary 'Government Art Bank' (Korea)

Cheongju Craft Biennale (Korea)   

Korea Craft Culture Association (Korea) 

Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA)

Awards

2023 LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize Finalist

2019 Cheongju International Craft Competition, 11 Winners 

2017 Craft Rep Metalwork & Jewelry Award, selected as the Metal Craftsman of the Year Award

2017 London Collect International Art Fair Award

2015 Craft Trand Fair

2013 The 8th Cheongju Craft Biennale, Special Citation

2012 The 31th Grand Art Exhibition of Korea, Special Citation

2012 The 9th Haengju Craft & Design Grand Exhibition, Excellence Prize

2011 The 12th Korea Craft Exhibition of Iksan, Honorable Mention

2010 The 11st Korea Craft Exhibition of Iksan, Special Prize

2010 Korean Crafts Council, Young Craftsman Prize

Exhibitions

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

2017 Metalwork & Jewelry Award Exhibition, TOPOHAUS, Korea

2017

Open Vase, Space Duru, Korea

2015

Put and Empty, Korean Craft Promotion Foundation, Korea

2011

The 38th Korea Crafts Council – Young Artist Award 

Invitational Exhibition, Cheongju Cultural Industry, Korea

2007

Bowl with Cracks, Gana Art Space, Korea


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023

Long Lasting Objects of Metalsmiths, Seoul Museum of Craft Art, Korea

Just Art! : Beyond Borders, Platform L, Korea

Jinju Traditional Craft Biennale, Jinju, Korea

PAD London Design + Art, Berkeley Square London, UK

LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize Exhibition, The Noguchi Museum, USA

Light of weaving : Labour_Hand_Hours, Korean Cultural Centre UK, UK

2022

K-CRAFT : THE ESSENCE OF KOREAN CRAFT IN PARIS, Gallery Collection, Paris, France

2022 REVELATIONS International Fine Craft & Creation Biennale, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Artist Table in the Garden Mok-dong Hyundai Department Store Glass House, Korea

Seoul Living Design Fair 2022, Korea

2021

JAD Festa, Comphortree Hotel & Resort, Korea

Sunragil Craft Fair-Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Seoul ·Jewelry Industry Support Center, Korea

2020     

Sunragil Craft Fair 'Sunragil becomes Art', Seoul Jewelry ·Industry Support Center, Korea

0器 GONG-GI, Korean Craft Promotion Foundation, Korea

PLAS2020 – Contemporary Art Show, Korea

2019

Collect Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, UK

The 3rd Group of Metalsmiths Exhibiton, Korean Craft ·Promotion Foundation, Korea

2018

GRASSI MESSE LEIPZIG 2018, Grassimuseum, Leipzig, Gremany

Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention Centre, Hong Kong

Collect Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, UK

2017

The 41st Annual PMA Contemporary Craft Show Pennsylvania Convention Center, USA

TRESOR 2017 Contemporary Craft, Messehalle3, Messe Basel, Switzerland

REVELATIONS KOREA CRAFT & DESIGN FOUNDATION, Grand Palais, France

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, UK

2016

The 3rd Group of Metalsmiths Exhibition, Korean Craft Promotion Foundation, Korea

KOREA NOW IN MUNICH 2016 - KOREAN CRAFT & DESIGN Foundation, Beyerischs National Musseum, Munich, Germany

DESIGN ART FAIR 2016, Seoul Art Center Design Museum, Korea

2015

OREUTICA Metal Craft Exhibition, Gallery Chay, Korea

DESIGN ART FAIR 2015, Seoul Art Center Design Museum, Korea

2014

The 3rd Group of Metalsmiths Exhibition, Korean Craft Promotion Foundation, Korea

The 4th Chinese-Japanese-South Korean Arts Exhibition Shanghai Art Collection Museum, China

2013

The Lighting of Metal Craftsman 'Luminous Objects', Gallery Royal, Korea

The 1st Korea Craft Exhibition Elite 10 Artists, Insa Art Center, Korea

2012

The 39th Korea Crafts Council Exhibition, KEPCO Art Center, Korea

La Prima Exhibition, Kyonggi Univ. Museum, Korea

The 3rd Group of Metalsmiths Annual Exhibition, Dongduk Art Gallery, Korea

2011

Light Repay - The Light Exhibition, Space Duru, Korea

Iksan, Korea Craft Competition Winner Exhibition, Somri Cultural Art Center, Korea

Crafts, Alchemy of Soul, Jeonbuk Province Art Museum, Korea

The 38th Korea Crafts Council Exhibition, Cheongju Cultural Industry, Korea

2010

The 37th Korea Crafts Council Exhibition, KEPCO Art Center, Korea

The 9th Empathy Exhibition, Gallery I, Korea

Void of Everyday, Gallery Ewoo, Korea