Born 1978, Korea
Based on specific incidents and situations in reality, Gunwoo Shin’s work portrays mental landscapes on the crossroad between the conscious and the unconscious, like in memories or in dreams. He primarily relies on feelings and thoughts that occur in the process of living day-to-day life, trying to awaken senses that have been dulled by mundane routines. He also freely moves beyond the lines of reality and the world of the surreal, giving diverse artistic imaginations to realistic subject matter. Gunwoo Shin says: ‘I discover and renew my understanding of ‘myself’ by collecting, modifying and presenting differently perceived narratives, going beyond the lines of myself and others. The objects to which my imagination brings life present an expanded alternative, moving beyond boundaries of two-dimensional and three-dimensional spaces’.
Gunwoo Shin currently lives and works in London. Since graduating from the Slade School of Art in 2009 he has been in many group shows including: Threshold to everyday-life/ La cave, Geneva, Switzerland, Present from the past/ Korean cultural centre, London, UK, Ways of seeing / I-MYU project space, London, UK Land Securities Award 2010/ Sw1 Gallery, London, UK. In 2010 Gunwoo Shin won the Land Securities Art Award.