Seungcheol Ok - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Phillips

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  • OK Seungcheol (b. 1988) interestingly deals with the issues of originality and uniqueness in the context of post-digital or internet art. His characteristic original work, made by using a computer as his primary tool, is a vector image. It is an output on a unique platform in various media and formats such as sculpture, painting, and video. Moreover, the artist transforms the so-reproduced digital image again into a regular form of painting, sculpture, and video work. In this regard, the process of Seungcheol Ok’s work itself, as Jean McHugh says, re-contextualizes the customs of art with the customs of the Internet- drawing forth several questions about the requirements of contemporary art. OK Seungcheol lives and works in Seoul. He has held solo exhibitions Create Outlines (Art Sonje Center, Seoul, 2022), JPEG SUPPLY (Seoul, 2020) and UN ORIGINAL (Seoul, 2018) . The artist has staged various group exhibitions Aftereffect(Nook Gallery, Seoul, 2022), Trauma: Shooting the Pulitzer + 15minutes (Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejon, 2021), The Promised Land at The Great Collection(Seoul, 2021), IRL at Unit London (London, 2020), Yes/No/Like/Dislike/Love/Hate/Reply/Share at Superellipse (Seoul, 2020), Pop/Corn at the Daegu Museum of Art (Daegu, 2019) and Triangular Zone at Platform L Contemporary Art Center (Seoul, 2019).


    Matador, one of the representative series in the beginning of the artist's career, is a work that 'references' the image of a 'girl' character (like a farmhand) that is universally shared in Japanese animation. He worked by combining various face parts on a computer to create a digital original, then transferring it to the canvas and painting it. The short-haired icon is recognized as a ‘female’ face, but the artist did not designate a specific gender for the work. The artist presents a close-up face with a neutral expression while minimizing the background and narrative. This is so that it can be interpreted in various ways according to the understanding and perspective of the viewer. This can be said to be a work method derived from the intention to convey only certain ‘nuances’ through titles and facial expressions, rather than specific narratives of the work.

    • Provenance

      Gallery KICHE, Seoul
      Acquired from the above by the present owner



signed, titled and dated '"MATADOR" 2020 Ok Seungcheol [in Korean]' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
149.7 x 149.5 cm. (58 7/8 x 58 7/8 in.)
Painted in 2020.

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HK$200,000 - 300,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 31 March 2023