April 20 to May 20, 2016

Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Center New York

Opening reception: April 20, 2016 at 6pm - 8pm


STOP, UNRAVEL, ABSORB – The first Call for Artists exhibition of 2016 presented by the Korean Cultural Center NY challenges audience to reflect on their lives through contemporary art

Opening Reception on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 6pm at Gallery Korea at the Korean Cultural Center;

On view from April 20th to May 20th, 2016

“Art reflects life. Just as life happens in the relationships between people,
art happens between the artist and the viewer.” 
– Michelle Kim, Guest Curator

The Korean Cultural Center New York presents the 1st Call for Artists 2016 exhibition STOP, UNRAVEL, ABSORB, a group exhibition guest curated by Michelle Eunoak Kim and selected by the Korean Cultural Center New York for the official 'Call for Artists 2016.' The contemporary pieces selected for the exhibition is an aim to reveal the very essence of what art means to the young artists – to observe the world and life that is happening around us, to unravel the complexities of space and time, and to absorb the experience as a whole.

The exhibition brings together eight creative young artists: Bonjeong Koo, Inyoung Seung, Pablo Alvarez, Hojung Jang, Yikwon Peter Kim, Youngsu Lee, Bosuk Hur, Hyunjoo Yeun and their contemporary pieces that span various platforms of art including paintings, pen drawings, collages, and architectural installation pieces.

The three words of the title—stop, unravel, and absorb—represent the processes of finding the fundamental meaning of life. The artists, from all different corners of the world, take a moment to think, recognize, and learn what their unique lives mean in order to recreate their experiences through art. In this exhibition, viewers are given a chance to reflect on the contemporary artworks of the eight artists, and are challenged to stop, unravel, and absorb their own lives through art.

The Korean Cultural Center New York’s ‘Call for Artists’ is an annual competition that selects artists to be presented at the Gallery Korea. The Korean Cultural Center commissions internationally renowned art critics and curators as judges to select works of art of artistic excellence without boundaries. This year, the Executive Director of The Armory Show, Benjamin Genocchio, participated as one of the judges at the ‘Call for Artists 2016.’



The exhibition of Call for Artists 2016 will be on display from April 20th to May 20th, 2016 from Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. 6-8 PM

Organized by:
The Korean Cultural Center, New York
460 Park Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022
(Entrance on Park Avenue)

Detailed information about the exhibition is available on the website at 


About the Participating Artists:

BONJEONG KOO received a BFA in fine arts at Hongik University, Seoul, and an MD at Drew Theological School, NJ. He opened various solo exhibitions including ‘Gold Horn’(2015, USA) ‘Arrogance & Prejudice’(2013, Korea) and group exhibitions such as ‘Epilogue’(2015, USA), Opsis Artists Group Show (2013, Korea). Koo’s artworks are in the collections of La Mer Korea Cosmetic Co., Drew University, Paradigm Art NY, JW Marriott Hotel Seoul, and Cheil Industries and many others.


INYOUNG SEOUNG studied sculpture at Hongik University, Seoul (BFA). Seoung not only participated in numbers of solo and group exhibitions such as ’Sojourner’ (2015), ’The Unconscious Mind’ (2014), ‘Wow’ (2015), and ’AKAA’ (2015) but also international art fairs; ‘Art is Me Art is You’ in DUMBO,Brooklyn, NY (2015), Scope NY (2015) KIAF (2014).


PABLO ALVAREZ completed illustration(BFA), and visual arts education(MAT) at Rhode Island School of Design, and received an MFA in visual arts at the City University of New York. Alvarez opened solo and group shows including ‘Re-illumination’ (2015), ’Shared Spaces’ (2013) and received various awards such as Achievement award, Newport Art Festival (2010), Presidential Scholar Fellowship (RISD 2002-2003). He also has publications such as ‘The Art of Latin Heritage’ (2010), and ’The Art of Immigrant Experience’ (2010).


HOJUNG JANG received a BFA at Seoul Women’s University, completed MFA at Sookmyung Women’s University, and currently pursuing Ph.D. She opened a solo exhibition, ‘사물에서 사유로(From Materials to Reasons)’ (2015) in Korea, and participated in group exhibitions as ‘LOOP’ at the Art Factory(2015), New York Town Hall Museum (2015) along with many other shows. She was also rewarded as the 100 artists from ASYAAF(2015).


PETER YIKWON KIM studied fine arts at SMU, fine arts and media at the University of Pennsylvania (MFA) and teaches sculpture and fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Peter held a solo show, ’Tiffany Blue & Black’ in 2014 along with other exhibitions, selected in a group project series ’Experiencing Perspective,’ organized by Mercedes-Benz Financial Service (2013-2014) (2014-2015) and worked as an art director and curator at ‘Art is Me Art is You’ Dumbo art festival, Brooklyn in 2014. He is a chief art director at The Nixon Museum & Library, and art assembly of the city of Buena Park City.


YOUNGSU LEE completed a master of architecture degree at Harvard University and built his career in architecture design at SOM New York, Sou Fujimoto Architects Tokyo, Satosh Okada Architects Tokyo, and Carlos Zapata Studio New York. He is one of the founders of Folio, an architect firm in New York. 


BOSUK HUR completed a master of architecture degree with faculty design award at Harvard University and taught architectural design at GSD. Hur accumulated experience as an architect at SOM Chicago, and Space Group Seoul, and held numbers of exhibitions in Korea, the US and Italy. He previously worked as a project designer at Stanley Saitowitz/ Natoma Architects, and currently working at Folio, an architect firm, and a professor at Iowa State University.


HYUNJOO YEUN completed BFA at Sungshin Women’s University and studied at Students of Art League. She held ‘Window’ in 2015, ‘Dual Exhibition’ in 2013, and participated various international art fairs such as Affordable Art Fair NY (2014), and KIAF (2014).




For press inquiries, please contact Mickey Hyun at or (212-759-9550 ext. 212).

Please direct inquiries to Curator Hee Sung Cho at or (212) 759-9550 (ext. 210). 

Korean Cultural Center NY
Inaugurated in 1979, the Korean Cultural Center New York (previous the Korean Cultural Service New York) is a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of the Republic of Korea. Under the authority of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York, the Korean Cultural Center works to promote cultural arts exchange and stimulate interest in Korean culture through various opportunities. The Korean Cultural Center provides diverse activities including exhibitions, concerts, film festivals, and educational programs. KCSNY is located at 460 Park Avenue (at 57th Street), 6th Floor, New York City.
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