About Gallery BK

56, 42gil, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Founded in 2011 and located in Seoul’s Itaewon district, Gallery BK has been playing a leading role in investigating and promoting promising contemporary artists by organizing a variety of special exhibitions. Since it reopened to the public in Itaewon-dong in March 2017, Galley BK has been presenting a variety of Korean and international artists’ artworks. Paintings, sculptures, and installations are exhibited on the basement and photography and paintings are exhibited on the third floor. With great passion for sharing artworks with the public, Gallery BK’s aim is to lead dynamic communications among artists, artworks, and audiences.

Past Exhibition

Seon-Ghi Bahk

2017. 9. 7 ~ 10. 1
With Seon-Ghi Bahk’s solo exhibition, Gallery BK presented sculptures that explore the division between the second and third dimensions, their construction and deconstruction proposing a meaningful way to contemplate how we look at things, while subverting our stereotypes about imperfect, fixed viewpoints and eliciting new perspectives.
Gallery BK presented a solo exhibition by Seon-Ghi Bahk from September 7 to October 7, 2017.
It was the fifth invitational exhibition of Bahk’s major sculpture and large-scale installation works. A point of view pertains to the center of an object, and the beginning and an end of a vision. That central point suggests a new way of seeing the world as times change, and is a means of expanding our vision. The magic of making the invisible visible, of making existing things disappear, becomes possible through a change in viewpoint. As we see, points of view are changeable and flexible rather than permanent. Seon-Ghi Bahk is a sculptor and installation artist who deals with this center – the infinite realm of the invisible. During the Renaissance, perspective, as the original notion of a fixed viewpoint invented by humankind, proposed a way to effectively and rationally record the world before our eyes within a two-dimensional world. The Point of View series deconstructs the notions of two dimensions, revealing the illusionary aspects of vision by importing the vanishing points converging upon one spot into his works of sculpture.
By proposing works of sculpture that hover in between our vision and perception, the artist encourages us to roam constantly around the blind spot in our vision. His work aims to decontextualize objects, bringing marginalized environmental elements to the center of work and compressing everyday objects to reassign them new points of departure. Bahk depicts the form of an object as observed from the angle that best represents its characteristics on a surface; he creates diagrams of inner human thought. Changing its viewpoint from moment to moment, Bahk’s artwork touches upon the boundaries between two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality, inflexibility and flexibility, visibility and invisibility, and painting and sculpture.

Seon-Ghi Bahk

2002 M.F.A. Sculpture, Accademia di Belle Arti Brera, Milan, Italy
1994 B.F.A. Sculpture, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Walk in the Light, MOA Museum, Gonjiam, Korea
2016 Dangling.Yearning, Ever Harvest Art Gallery, Taipei
2015 Point of View, C May Gallery, LA, United States
2016 Reflection, 313 Art Project, Seoul, Korea
2015 View-tiful, WooYang Museum of Contemporary Art, KyeongJu, Korea
2015 Seon-Ghi Bahk, Chung Hak Dae Museum of Contemporary Art, Ansung, Korea
2014 Point of View – Illusion, Gallery Ihn, Seoul, Korea
2014 Fiction of the Fabricated Image, Zadok Gallery, Miami, United States
2012 Slice of Sensitivity, Gallery Artside, Seoul, Korea
2011 Endless Enumeration in Space, Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich, Swiss
2009 Gallery IHN Seoul, Korea
2009 Gallery Bundo Daegu, Korea
2008 Kim Chong Yung Sculpture Museum, Seoul, Korea
2008 Gallery Sabina, Los Angeles, United States
2007 Existence, Arquitectos de Cordova, Cordova, Spain
2007 Optic Game, Gallery Artside, Beijing, China
2006 Galeria Arte Contemporanea Jorge Shirley, Lisbon, Portugal
2005 2005 Artist of Today, Kim Chong Yung Sculpture Museum, Seoul, Korea
2004, Galeria EDURNE, Madrid, Spain
2003 Galeria Arte Contemporanea Jorge Shirley, Lisbon, Portugal
2003 Gana Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2003 Arte & Manifesto, Porto, Portugal
2002 Galerie Artinprogres, Berlin, Germany
2002 Rethinking: Space Time Architecture – A Dialogue between Art and Architecture, Parallel to XXI World Congress of Architecture – UIA Berlin, Germany
2001 Galleria Lawrence Rubin, Milan, Italia
1999 Cascina Roma, Sandonato Milanese, Milan
1999 Gallery Pianissimo, Codogno Lodi, Italia
1998 Gallery Luigi di Sarro, Rome, Italia
1998 Franco Riccardo Artevisive, Napoli, Italia
1998 Gallery U.C.A.I, Milan, Italia
1994 Gallery Seoho, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Busan Design Festival 2017, BEXCO, Busan, Korea
2017 100 & Beyond, Coex, Seoul, Korea
2017 LA art Show, C May gallery, LA, United States
2017 Art Paris Art Fair 2017, Gand Palais , Paris, France
2017 Sky TV Artelier Story, C May gallery, LA, U.S.A
2017 Art central 2017, BK gallery, Hong Kong
2017 LA art Show, C May gallery, LA, United States
2017 Art Palm Springs, C May gallery, LA, U.S.A
2016 Art Palm Springs, C May gallery, LA, United States
2016 GANA Art Drawing, Gallerie Gana, Seoul, Korea
2016 Ulsan Installation Art, Ulsan, Korea
2016 Opening Exhibition, K-Museum , Seoul, Korea
2016 Moskva Modern Art, ВВЦ Парк, Moskva, Russia
2016 Atelier STORY, Hangaram Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2016 Dark Matter, Shinsegae Boontheshop, Chungdahm, Seoul, Korea
2016 Arrordable Art Fair, Superstudio Più, , Milano, Italia
2016 Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France
2015 Elementary, C May gallery, LA, U.S.A
2015 Appleton Museum of Art, C May gallery, Florida, U.S.A
2015 SPHERES 8, Galleria Continua les Moulins, Boissy-le-Chatel, France
2015 ASIA NOW, 313 Art Project, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France
2015 KIAF, 313 Art Project, Coex, Seoul, Korea
2015 Conrad Hotel Artfair, Chung Hak Dae Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2015 Drawn from Nature, Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, U.S.A
2015 ESPRIT DIOR, DDP Plaza, Seoul, Korea
2015 Kim Chong Yung 100th Anniversary, Chong Yung Museum, Seoul, Korea
2015 Corea-Italia Sculpture Exhibition 2015, Museo della Permanente di Milano, Milano, Italia
2015 Scope Basel 2015, Scope Pavilion, Basel, Swiss
2015 ART BUSAN, BEXCO, Gallery Kim JaeSun, BUSAN, Korea
2015 Urban Eco-3nd Vornado Art Fan Show, Gana insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2015 International Art Fair 15-G Seoul, DDP Plaza, Gallery BK, Seoul, Korea
2015 Brilliant Memories, DDP Plaza, Hyundai Motors, Seoul, Korea
2014 Shanghai International Sculpture Biennale – City Paradise, Jing’An Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China
2014 Colours of Hong Kong, Ara Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2014 48, Shanghai Shin-Cheon-Ji Square, Seoul, Korea
2014 TV Gallery Painian Exhibition, Ara Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2014 Admiration of White Porcelain, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
2014 Shanghai Xintiandi Comtemporary Public Art Exhibition, Shin-Cheon-Ji Square, Shanghai, China
2014 Art Shanghai, Long Museum, Shanghail, China
2014 Umbra, Ethra gallery, Mexico
2014 LA Art Show, LA Convetion Center, LA, United States
2014 Korean Shape, Gallerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium
2013 Small Gift with Happiness, Kim Ja Sun Gallery, Busan, Korea
2013 The Mirror & the Lamp, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013, MADE IN KOREA Selected Exhibition, SETEC, Seoul, Korea
2013 Art Miami, The Art Miami Pavilon-Zadok gallery, Miami, United States
2013 Woman, Laheen Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013 Seoul Design Festival – Designer’s Lab, COEX, Seoul, Korea
2013 Journey in the Book, Gallery Purpule, Nam-Yang-Ju, Korea
2013 The LINE, DMZ, Paju, Korea
2013 Shanghai Art Fair 2013, Shanghai EXPO, Shanghai, China
2013 Spring of Flora, Esplanade, Singapore
2013 A Scene From a Memomry, Ode to Art, Singapore
2013 1st Bienalle Earth Harmony, Pyeong Chang Alpensia Resort, Pyeong-Chang, Korea
2013 Art Basel, Gallery IHN, Hong Kong
2013 Primavera”, Amway Museum, Sung-Nam, Korea
2013 A Scene From a Memory, Art Space Ben, Seoul, Korea
2013 K-sculpture: Korean sculpture in the world, Piazza Mino, Firenze, Italy
2013 Areum Zigi Charity bazaar, Horim Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2013 Singapore Art Stage, Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Center, Singapore
2012 Strung out Relationship, Zadok gallery, Miami, United States
2012 Molding Language Triple Shapes Triple Color, Dosi Gallery , Busan, Korea
2012 Illusion Space, Gana art center, Seoul, Korea

Past Exhibition

Jeong-Lok Lee: NABI

2017.5.18. – 6.17.
When it comes to artworks for photographer Jeong-Lok Lee, the invisible world seems to be more important than the visible one. How can we understand the artist Lee’s paradoxical art world that attempts to express something invisible via photographs?
Landscapes of nature in daily routine are reproduced in ‘Instant Light’ sounding shutter clicking by hands of the artist Lee Jeong-Lok. Such light approaches us as ‘Tree of life’ and as a group of ‘Butterflies’. The essential object in the artist’s work, ‘Light’ plays a important role in connecting the visible world with the invisible one, this world with another world, real landscape with an imaginary landscape encouraging people to see the world beyond the actual landscape.
NABI was an exhibition which enables audience to think over ‘something that exists despite its invisible nature’ which has always been focused by the artist. This exhibition further induced the audience to experience mythical illusion hidden under the invisible daily landscape via viewpoints of the artist. We expected the viewers to enter unknown landscape and invisible world and further a world we can’t reach guided by butterflies as if they enter a fairy tale.

Artist’s Note

Nabi Ⅰ

With light, I have been painting something that exists despite its invisible nature; places that correspond to the visible world, places beyond our sensual cognition, profoundly mysterious places that nevertheless cannot be separated from our world of cognition. Painting with light is the body, mind, and the soul harmoniously following the rhythm; it was an act of delivering positive energy felt by the body, rather than creating something from nothing.

There is a space in which reason dissipates. That is a special place which is outside of the fence of concepts. The place is outside and inside of my self at the same time; when I reach that place, I do not merely depend on my sight, but I exploit all of my senses. When all senses are unlocked, a new world is opened. While creating this peace, I summarized lights in various symbolic forms into nabi, the butterfly. The butterfly, symbolizing a being moving from this world to the other, a spirit, was used to signify a gate and a messenger linking the two worlds. Nabi, the title of my work, also means prophet in Hebrew. The sphere that sometimes appears stems from the original form and order of the universe. I expressed the spirit inside the form, not the form itself, in the form of nabi, the butterfly.

Nabi Ⅱ

When day and night get mingled and so do light and darkness, there surfaces the deep and soothing energy of time and space. Then I capture and record the mysterious energy of that moment on my film. As the darkness falls, my senses and reason get tranquilized. Slowly and quietly, my humble being gets drawn deep into the energy of the space.

When the world falls under the spell of the darkness completely, the energies in and out of myself meet each other once again and at that moment I press the shutter again. Everytime the flash goes off in the dark, a nabi comes into being. One, two, three, four, five……, tens and hundreds of energies turn themselves into nabis and land on my film.

The “Instant Flash” that I use for my work is an instant light. It certainly does exist but is an energy that cannot be captured. It is the most essential tool and also the most significant symbol in my photography. We now have something invisible that does exist and the positive energy that was transmitted by it. The light as a medium of such energy can only be manifested through light and darkness, gentle and tough, and harmony and balance.

Butterflies represent the soul in the East. Butterflies fly between here and there, even crossing the border between life and death. Coincidentally, the Korean word for butterfly, nabi, also means “prophet” in Hebrew. Because of this, the light in various forms and symbols is concentrated as butterfly in this series.

I moved my work field from the Honam area (the south western part of S. Korea) where I did most of my work to Jeju. I was simply drawn by the fundamental energy that the Jeju island’s primitive nature held in it. After several years in Jeju, it was Zhujiajiao in China that my curiosity led me to for its great energy stemmed from the traditional lifestyle and nature of the town. The work in Tohoku was my earnest prayer, from the site of fallen civilization by the Tohoku earthquake.

Then I was in Cappadocia in Turkey, a once sanctuary for the suppressed Christians. There I tried to visualize the noble and sympathetic connection with the earth that was emitting an intense energy. Lastly, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I wanted to highlight peace and calmness found in the Khmer temples that was still miraculously standing even after their long and harsh past.

Jeong-Lok Lee

2002 M.F.A in Fine Art Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, United States
M.F.A in Photography Design, Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea
B.F.A in Industrial Design, Gwangju University, Gwangju, Korea

Selected Solo Exhibition
2015 Nabi, Soul Art Space, Busan, Korea
2015 See the Unseen, BMW PHOTO SPACE, Busan, Korea
2014 Journey of Light, Shinsegae Gallery, Busan, Korea
2014 Let There Be The Light, Zendai Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai, China
2014 Palette of Light, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2014 Tree of Life in Island, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2014 Tree of Life in Island, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2013 Tree of Life in Island, Soul Art Space, Busan, Korea
2013 Light & Revelation, Vit Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 Decoding Scape, The Museum of Photography, Seoul. Korea
2012 Decoding Scape, Dudon Museum of Art, Jeju. Korea
2012 See the Unseen, Soul Art Space, Busan, Korea
2010 Tree of life, Vit Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2010 Tree of life, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2009 Jeonglok Lee, Gallery Kong, seoul, Korea
2007 The Mythic scape, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2007 The Mythic scape, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2003 Aquarium, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2002 Clarias, Nine Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2001 Clarias, SPAS Gallery, Rochster, New York, United States
1998 The Southern Land, Gallery 2000, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibition
2015 Surveying the Landscape : Contemporary Korean Photography, Wall Space gallery, Santa Barbara, USA
2015 Foto Istanbul, Kabatas, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 Dali International Photography Exhibition, Dali, Yunnan province, China
2015 Master of Light, Shine Artist, London, UK
2015 Water also Dreams, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2014 Nature, in process, space cottonseed, Singapore
2014 Ha Jung-woong Young Artists “Light-2014″ , Kwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2014 FULL MOON : A Story of Sky and Earth, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, Korea
2014 Festival of Photography in Museum-History, Kwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2013 Meditated Landscape, Woljeon Museum of Art, Icheon, Korea
2013 Breath of Tree, Cheonan Arts Center Museum of Art, Cheonan, Korea
2013 Utopia, Opera gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013 Fact of Fiction, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 Mudeung Tales, TODAY ART MUSEUM, Beijing, China
2012 Gwangju Biennale – Round Table Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Gwangju, Korea
2012 Secret, the Margin of Error, Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2011 Mythology Today, Pohang Museum of Art, Pohang, Korea
2011 Magical Country, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Yangpyeong, korea
2011 Nature, Image, Ilwoo Space, Seoul, Korea
2011 Make Movement, Kumho Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2011 The 3rd International Contemporary Art: Creation from the Fingertips, Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju, Korea
2011 Open It to Your Mom, Gallery Now, Seoul, Korea
2010 Nanjing Biennale:AND_WRITERS, Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, China
2010 On the Cutting Edge: Aspects of Korean Contemporary Photography, National Taiwan Museum of Fine rts, Taichung, Taiwan
2010 The moment, 63 Sky Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2010 Media Art Festival: DIGIFESTA, Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju, Korea
2009 Seoul International Photo Festival, Garden 5 Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 Gwangju & Seoul Creative Studio Resident Artists Exchange Exhibition: No…, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2009 Serotonin 2, SeMA Gyeonghuigung of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2009 OZ Thema, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 make up photo, Vit Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 Getxophoto Festival, Getxo, Spain
2009 Blue Dot ASIA, Seoul Art Center. Seoul, Korea
2009 Utopia, Gallery Illum, Seoul, Korea
2009 New Digital Age, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia
2008 Illusion, 2X13 Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2008 Art at Home: Wonderful Life, Doosan Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2008 Factory, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2008 Contemporary Korean Art, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK
2008 Time of Response, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
2007 Multiple Art Lovers, Gallery M, Daegu, Korea
2007 Shanghai eArt Festival, Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2007 Our Land, Our People, Gwangju Folk Museum, Gwangju, Korea
2007 Daegu and Gwangju New Vision, Debec Gallery, Daegu, Korea
2007 The First Decade, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2006 Uijae Art Studio open studio, Uijae Museum, Gwangju, Korea
2006 Media Experiment, Chosun University Museum, Gwangju, Korea
2006 Historical Culture Travel: Island, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2006 Humanity of Angle, Gwangju Museun of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2006 The Image of Korean Modern Life, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2005 The Tales of 15 Villages, The former site of Jeollanaamdo Provincial Building, Gwangju, Korea
2005 Geumgang Nature Art Pre-Biennale 2005: ABOUT-FROM-FOR NATURE, Yatoo Nature Art-Museum, Gongju, Korea
2005 Toward Ecotopia, Jeollanamdo Okgwa Art Museum, Okgwa, Korea
2004 Geumgang Nature Art Pre-Biennale 2004, Geumgang Biennale Special Hall, Gongju, Korea
2004 Korea Young Artists Biennale, Daegu Culture and Art Center, Daegu, Korea
2004 Landscape: 10 photographers, Uijae Museum, Gwangju, Korea
2003 It’s the Landscape, Chohung Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2003 View and Gaze, Sinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2003 Amazing Things Happen in Gwangju River” Lotte Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2001 Intersection, SPAS Gallery. Rochester. New York, United States
2001 19 photographers with Calm Land, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2001 Digital Art, Gallery r, Rochester. New York, United States
2001 Honor Show, SPAS Gallery, Rochester, New York, United States
2000 More Than Several, SPAS Gallery, Rochester, New York, United States
1999 Calm land, Sai Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1999 Honam photo Festival, Familyland Special Exhibition Hall, Gwangju, Korea
1998 6 Photographers with Calm Land, Gallery 2000, Seoul, Korea
1997 HIPHO, Indeco Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1997 Commuagate, Sansung Photo Gallery, Seoul, Korea