Upcoming Exhibition

Jeongsu Woo: Three Devils by the Bedside

May 24 – June 30, 2024

The Ground, Art Sonje Center

Jeongsu Woo: Three Devils by the Bedside

Art Sonje Center presents Jeongsu Woo: Three Devils by the Bedside at The Ground from May 24 to June 30, 2024. Jeongsu Woo is an artist whose work has deconstructed and rejoined established narrative relationships as he refers to images from different eras, including Renaissance paintings, icons and historical motifs from medieval scriptures and philosophical texts, illustrations from genre fiction, and cartoons. Three Devils by the Bedside (2023–2024), which also provides the exhibition’s title, begins with the story of a medieval knight who suffered from insomnia for forty years due to three devils at his bedside, only to be miraculously cured when he encountered a monk at Canterbury Cathedral. This work shows the artist attempting to return more to the story by way of layers of characters against a backdrop of various patterned fabrics that are sewn together.

About the Artist
Jeongsu Woo (b. 1986)
Jeongsu Woo draws upon narratives and imagery from illustrations, mythologies, and episodes of epic theater across different time periods, reimagining and rearranging them on canvas. Using bold, free brush strokes, the artist employs printmaking and drawing techniques to playfully and satirically depict the contemporary world. He skillfully presents alternative perspectives of images, diverging from their historical contexts. Woo’s significant solo exhibitions include Palindrome (BB&M, 2022), Where Is My Voice (DOOSAN Gallery Seoul, 2020), Tit for Tat (DOOSAN Gallery New York, 2020), and Calm the Storm (Kumho Museum of Art, 2018). He has also been featured in numerous local and international group exhibitions, such as Flowing Moon, Embracing Land (Jeju Biennale, 2022), Young Korean Artists (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Gwacheon, 2021), Fortune Telling (Ilmin Museum of Art, 2021), Compulsion to Repeat (Seoul Museum of Art, 2019), and Imagined Borders (Gwangju Biennale, 2018).

Dates
May 24 – June 30, 2024
Venue
The Ground, Art Sonje Center
Artist
Jeongsu Woo
Exhibition Coordination
Yein Lee (Curatorial Assistant, Art Sonje Center)
Organized by
Art Sonje Center
Supported by
Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture
Sponsored by
BB&M