Young Whan Bae
b. 1969, Seoul, Korea/Lives and works in Seoul, Korea
Encompassing sculpture, painting, photography, and video, the work of Young Whan Bae bridges everyday life and art through a unique aesthetic language, achieving a subtle balance between concept and visual presentation. Roughly described as sentimental conceptualism or emotional politics, Bae’s practice brings together emotional content with political dissidence, seamlessly combining the two into humble forms. Drawing upon vernacular grassroots culture, his own history as muralist for the People’s Art Movement of the 1980s, and the social narratives played out between individuals and society, Bae uses his work as a platform for artistic intervention in social issues. Bae’s work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions including “Activating Korea: Tides of Collective Action” (2007); the 51st Venice Biennale (2005); the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Gwangju Biennales (2000, 2002, and 2004); and the 2nd Busan Biennale (2002). Bae has recently produced public murals for Seoul National School for the Blind and Seoul National School for the Deaf, and executed an instantiation of his children’s library, an ongoing project, at Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art.