Minho Kwon is a storyteller and an image-maker. His densely, multifaceted drawings command our attention. Kwon’s specialness as an artist is the ability is to fuse industrialised South Korea with Korean culture and it’s political economic history through the expressive power of drawing. The result is potent, brooding and dreamlike; dark blueprints for a dystopic past
His colossal drawings at first seem to be incomplete; architectonic lines have been drawn and rendered with an obsessive attentiveness to detail, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of his materials - layers of pencil, graphite and charcoal. ‘We Also Deserve to Live” has transformed The Foundry Gallery into a test-bed for Kwon’s vast architectural creations. Views that cannot be found in one drawing can be found in another, there is no one-way to look at the works or a linear path you have to follow around the gallery the visual gaps you find allow you the space to construct your own story.
The Foundry Gallery showcases work found and forged between art and architecture and its distinct relationship with Le Lay Architects who reside downstairs. The Foundry Gallery is the brainchild of Jonathan Goode and Jason Slocombe of Le Lay Architects and run by Gallery Director Elizabeth Goode.
Minho Kwon is a South Korean artist who after living in London for 9 years and graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2013 he is now based in Seoul, South Korea. Kwon has exhibited throughout the UK and South Korea and has been the recipient of many awards including: 2013 - Sustain RCA / Moving Mind Category, 2013 - Jerwood Drawing Prize / Shortlisted, 2013 - V&A Illustration Award / Student Prize, 2012 - John Norris Wood Drawing Prize / Highly Recognised, 2007 - Jerwood Drawing Prize / Student Prize.