Hong Seung-Hye

Organic Geometry

Organic geometry: Hong Seung-Hye’s works oscillate between the figurative and the abstract



Essays by Hwang In, Beck Jee-sook, Michael Lim, Yun Nanjie and Hong Seung-Hye

1st edition

, 2020

Text in English


224 pages, 222 color illustrations

24 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-866-9


Seoul-based artist Hong Seung-Hye has garnered a unique position in the art scene through her bravado in defying conventional borders, whether it’s mixing the abstract and the figurative or the plane and the three-dimensional. Nor does she shy away from employing public spaces just as freely as she experiments inside a white cube.

This book, the first in English to focus on Hong’s work, traces the trajectory of her prolific career. Featuring more than two hundred color reproductions of Hong’s art, it also includes four essays written by distinguished Korean critics, curators, and educators who have closely witnessed and worked alongside Hong throughout the past two decades. Originally written in context with solo exhibitions, each of which marked a milestone in her career, the essays offer individual starting points from which to delve into and read Hong’s art. Ranging from her earliest paper collages to her most recent videos, which reinterpret the comic strip character Snoopy, the book presents a comprehensive survey of Hong’s versatility.


Hong Seung-Hye lives and works in Seoul, where she also teaches as a professor in the Department of Fine Arts, Seoul National University of Science & Technology.


Beck Jee-sook is an art critic and director of Seoul Museum of Art.


Eunah Park is director of Kukje Gallery in Seoul.


Hwang In is a Seoul-based art activist. He has curated exhibitions in South Korea and Japan and has initiated numerous projects at the interface of art, science, and technology.


Michael Lim lives and works in Seoul as an art and design criitc.


Yun Nanjie is art historian teaching at the Department of Art History, Ehwa Womans University in Seoul.

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Subway Sign, 2012, futura std heavy, LED, adhesive vinyl on lexan, polyurethane coated steel, 120 x 230 x 50 cm (47 1/4 x 90 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.) © Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. © Hong Seung-Hye

On&Off, 2014, polyurethane on stainless steel, 52.5 x 132 x 52.5 cm and 177 x 177 x 1.5 cm (20 5/8 x 52 x 20 5/8 in. and 69 3/4 x 69 3/4 x 5/8 in.), Collection of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea. © Hong Seung-Hye

Dancing Drawer, 2014 polyurethane on birch plywood, 80 x 43.2 x 35 cm (31 1/2 x17 x 13 3/4 in.) each Private collection, Seoul. © Hong Seung-Hye

Runaway, 2015, pigment print on paper, metal frame, 51.5 x 40 cm (20 1/4 x 15 3/4 in.) each. © Hong Seung-Hye

We All, 2016, polyurethane on plywood, adhesive vinyl, 100 x 66 x 30 cm (39 3/8 x26 x 11 3/4 in.) each, 100 x 97 x 30 cm (39 3/8 x 38 1/4 x 11 3/4 in.) each. © Hong Seung-Hye

Ghost, 2016, flash animation, 4’ 15”( loop), six-channel projection installation, installation view of SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016: NERIRI KIRURU HARARA at Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, 2016, Collection of the Museum. © Hong Seung-Hye

Decrescendo and Box, 2019, pigment print on paper, wood frame, 55 x 55 cm, 50 x 50 cm, 45 x 45 cm, 40 x 40 cm (21 5/8 x 21 5/8 in., 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in., 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 in., 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.), and birch plywood and laminated plywood, 40 x 30 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.). © Hong Seung-Hye

Organic Geometry, 1999, polyurethane coated serigraphy on cardboard, polyurethane on wood, Ø 30 x 1.8 cm (Ø 11 3/4 x 3/4 in.) each, Private collection, Seoul. © Hong Seung-Hye

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