Korean Contemporary Art: Young Hoon Ko (고영훈)
A graduate of the famous Hongik University (홍대/Hongdae), Young Hoon Ko was born in Jeju in 1952. Ko's work is known for its hyperrealism bordering on "trompe l'oeil". By representing objects with their most minute details, Ko, in the line of Magritte, questions our beliefs in authenticity and objectivity. But if his work clearly draws on Western influences, it is also the product of an almost mystical reflexion on traditional Korean aesthetic values and on the concepts of nothingness (mu 無) and existence (yu 有).
For upcoming exhibitions and some of his recent artwork, check out Young Hoon Ko's page on the Gana Gallery website.