Friday, June 28, 2013
Auckland Art Fair 2013 is pleased to introduce three more projects: Seung Yul Oh’s charismatic Huggong, Rohan Wealleans’ The Wizard of Forgotten Flesh, and a limited edition design work by Dan Arps.
SEUNG YUL OH
‘Huggong’, Seung Yul Oh’s whimsical oversize red and yellow balloons, will be re-imagined within The Cloud to highlight their scale, fragility and overriding sense of playfulness.
Yul Oh’s work encompasses a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, sound and video. Artist and writer Tessa Laird writes, “The unifying theme is always humour – a guileless glee in the physical properties of stuff that Oh wants to share.”
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1981, Seung Yul Oh moved to New Zealand 15 years ago and completed an MFA at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts. He has exhibited regularly since 2003, and has recently shown at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 and ART HK 2011. He divides his time between Auckland and Seoul.
A statue of a sorcerer from a local television production was the starting point for The Wizard of Forgotten Flesh, and Rohan Wealleans resultant ‘Wizard’ series, based on a narrative rooted in fantasy and science fiction.
Wealleans layers paint on to fiberglass, polystyrene and found objects, cutting back into these layers in a technique that resembles millefiori glass, often reinserting these segments back in to his works. The titles of his works combine a love of science fiction and B-grade cinema with a metonymic sense of humour.
Wealleans completed an MFA at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 2003, and won the Waikato Art Award in the same year. He was also the winner of the 15th Annual Wallace Art Award in 2006, and has since exhibited regularly in New Zealand and Australia, and most recently in London.
Dan Arps’ work explores and responds to the contemporary urban environment. His installations, sculptures, paintings and videos fuse architecture, public space, nomadic structures, politics, philosophy and history. Especially for the 2013 Auckland Art Fair, Arps will produce a limited edition calico tote bearing his design.
Arps completed an MFA at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 2006, and has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and Australia. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Walters Prize.