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● Education
BA in Fine Art at Chugye University
MA in Fine Art from Hong-Ik University.
● Solo Exhibition
2019 Solo Exhibition | The time when a soul becomes a poet
(Dawon Design Gallery _ Seoul. Republic of Korea)
2019 Solo Exhibition | Ordinary Day
(Jo Gallery _ Seoul. Republic of Korea)
2018 Solo Exhibition | Gleaming, Dear Diary
(Artspace Loo _ Seoul. Republic of Korea)
2018 Solo Exhibition | Memory of the shining days
(E.LAND Gallery – Shanghai. China)
2018 Solo Exhibition | Gleaming Days
(Kensington Hotel –Seogwipo. Republic of Korea)
2018 Solo Exhibition | Animals, Becomes Sources of Inspiration
(ARTION ART SALON – Seoul. South Korea )
2016 Solo Exhibition | Jeong Woo jae 3rd Solo Exhibition 'The Same Moment'
(Gallery Tom - Seoul. South Korea)
2016 Solo Exhibition | Jeong Woo jae 2nd Solo Exhibition 'Luminous moment'
(E.LAND SPACE – Seoul. South Korea)
2013 Solo Exhibition | Jeong Woo jae 1st Solo Exhibition 'The Girl and Her Dog'
(Shine Artists Gallery - London. United Kingdom.)
● Collaboration
2019 Naver project ‘Grafolio creative support-Fine Art’ member of the jury
(Naver Grafolio - Seoul. Republic of Korea.)
2017 Naver project ‘Flower’- Grafolio story
(Vert et Blanc - Seoul. South Korea.)
2016 Antique furniture Brand U-castle × Jeong Woo-jae
(Dosol museum - Incheon. South Korea. )
2015 Collaboration work of heart sharing concert's main poster, titled as
"Thanks for being with me Vol.2" to raise the awareness of domestic pet's
proper treatment.


● Groupshow
2019 ‘Romantic Spring’
(Gallery H, Public Gallery – ilsan. Republic of Korea)
2019 ‘Art at home’ (E.LAND SPACE – Seoul. Republic of Korea)
2019 ‘Being of the between’ (gallery Marie - Seoul. Republic of Korea.)
2019 ‘E.LAND gallery Artro Small Artworks show’
(E.LAND SPACE – Seoul. Republic of Korea)
2018 ‘Artmarket’ (Public gallery - Seoul. Republic of Korea)
2018 ‘E.LAND gallery Artro Small Artworks show’
(E.LAND SPACE – Seoul. Republic of Korea)
2018 ‘Cheongdamdong Zoo’ (Gallery Doo - Seoul. Republic of Korea.)
2017 National Folk Museum of Korea ‘Coexistence and Companion, Dog’
(National Folk Museum of Korea - Seoul. Republic of Korea.)
2017 Icheon cerapia ‘Happy?! Zoo’
(Icheon cerapia - Icheon. Republic of Korea.)
2017 Art Terminal-Small museum project ‘DuruBon’
(Art Terminal-Small museum – Jeongseon. Republic of Korea.)
2017 ‘Unnatural History Ⅵ’ (Antler Gallery – Portland. USA.)
2017 ‘Art story with a companion animal_Twinkle’
(Dream Forest Arts Center - Seoul. South Korea.)
2017 ‘83:instinct’
(Gallery Aile - Seoul. South Korea.)
2017 ‘2017 STEP-UP Project : Immersion_Flow’
(Lina gallery - Seoul. South Korea.)
2017 ‘Korean Contemporary Art Series Ⅱ_Painting of Companion Communication ; 畵畵-伴侶.交感’
(Sejong Museum of Art - Seoul. South Korea.)
2017 ‘For Your Spring_LOVE’
(Fill gallery - Seoul. South Korea.)
2017 ‘Empathy space, Comfort up’
(Superior gallery - Seoul. South Korea.)
2017 ‘Companion : Life together’
(Shinsegae gallery – Busan, South Korea)
2016 ‘Nice to meet you, Animal friends’
(GS caltex yeulmaru – Yeosu. South Korea)
2016 Picture travel center Leedam Open Anniversary show 'The stories Inside'
(Picture travel center Leedam - Wonju, South Korea)
2016 ‘Metaphorical relationship’
(Daechungho Museum of Art – Chungju. South Korea)
2016 Pontone Gallery Opens in Chelsea
(Pontone Gallery – London. UK.)
2016 Start Art Seoul 2016 ‘We are animalier’
(Seoul Arts Center – Seoul. South Korea.)
2016 ‘Time Machine’
(Hive gallery – L.A. USA.)
2015 ‘4th Year Anniversary show’
(Flower Pepper Gallery - California. USA.)
2015 Autumn Contemporary Collection | London 2015
(ShineArtists Gallery -London. UK.)
2015 ‘Ever Surreal’
(Flower Pepper Gallery - California. USA.)
2015 ‘We are animalier 2015’
(Atelier Turning – Seoul. South Korea.)
2015 Gallerie Artmundi permanent exhibition
(Gallerie Artmundi – Paris. France)
2015 'Animal’s play'
(Gllery LVS – Seoul. South Korea.)
2014 ‘Three Year Anniversary group exhibition’
(Flower pepper gallery – California. USA.)
2014 ‘The Brave ones’
(Flower pepper gallery - California. USA.)
2014 Jeong woo-jae & Jeong Joong-won
(csp111 Art Space - Seoul. South Korea.)
2013 Graduate School of Hongik University Dept. Painting 2013
(Hongik Museum Of Art - Seoul. South Korea)
2012 2012 Hongik International Art Festival
(Hongik Daehangno Artcenter - Seoul. South Korea.)
2011 Graduate school Hongik university DEPT.Painting second semester
12th Exhbition '12th GPS'
(Hongik Museum Of Art - Seoul. South Korea.)
2009 Exhibitons | Limlip Art Museum a special project
(Limlip Art Museum - Gongju. South Korea.)


● Art Fairs
2016 KINTEX SPOON ART SHOW 2016
(Kintex – Goyang, South Korea.)
2016 Art New York
(Pier 94 – New York. USA.)
2016 L.A Art Show 2016
(Los Angeles Convention Center – L.A. USA.)
2015 Context Art Miami
(Art Miami Pavilion - Maiami. USA.)
2015 The Affordable Art Fair Seoul
(DDP – Seoul. South Korea.)
2014 The 13th Korea International Art Fair
(COEX - Seoul. South Korea.) 2014 Art 14 London
(Olympia Grand –London. UK.)
2014 AHAF HONG KONG 2014
(Marco PoLo HongKong Hotel - HongKong)
2014 Art Wynwood Maiami 2014
(Art Wynwood Pavilion – Maiami. USA.)
2014 Art PalmBeach
(Palm Beach County Convention Center –Maiami. USA.)
2013 The 12th Korea International Art Fair
(COEX - Seoul. South Korea.)
2013 Art copenhagen
(FORUM COPENHAGEN – Denmark.)
2013 Art Southampton
(Art Southampton Pavilion - New York. USA.)
2013 The Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
(Hampstead Heath -London. UK.)
2013 2013 Artshow Busan
(BEXCO - Busan. South Korea)
2012 The Affordable Art Fair Hamburg
(Hamburg Messe u. Congress GmbH – Hamburg. Germany.)
2012 The Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
(Hampstead Heath - London. UK.)
2012 The 11th Korea International Art Fair
(COEX - Seoul. South Korea.)
2011 2011 Asian Students And Young Artists Art Festival
- Art, coming to my life <2011 ASAYAF>
(Hongik Museum Of Art - Seoul. South Korea.)
2009 2009 Salon des Art Seoul
(AT center - Seoul. South Korea.)
2008 2008 Asian Students And Young Artists Art Festival
-When we first met. <2008 ASAYAF>
(Seoul Station - Seoul. South Korea.)
● Collection
Incheon District Public Prosecutor’s Office, Incheon
E-Land Foundation For The Arts & Culture, Seoul, South Korea
Wonju culture Foundation, Wonju, South Korea
and many privite collections over the world.

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Artist statement


	jeongwoojae
Artist statement

My work starts from the experience of fullness from a canine in the chaotic and empty periodical reality, which the individual cannot in the rapidly changing environment. In this fast-paced changing environment and capitalism, a sense of identity is forced to change constantly and people lives involved in prompt interdisciplinary understanding. People are living just for making money and forgetting about the value and purpose which every individual has to survive in the modern society inevitably. Also, bond relation of mutual trust and devotion is being weakened and the humanity of each individual is being disappeared and destroyed due to discord between own ideal and reality. Therefore, I present a topic that human feels futility in the rapidly changing capitalism society, and this society makes humans live without remembering the precious value of each human being. In the reality like this, the canine which the owner raises provides this bond of trust and devotion that is missing in human relationships. Also, it reminds the problem of humanity through unchanging nature to the owner which contrast to changing and disappearing humanity. In this work, I reference the problem of disappearing humanity and trust through the experience of filling in the emptiness, and present symbols of restoration.

Firstly, the girl represents an image of puberty, that which is located between purity of a child and a desired adult. Also, the girl in the work is the subject who represents increasing responsibility according to the growth and anxiety about independence compressively. Society requires me to have manhood of mature and responsible as the eldest son and father of one family. But my inner psychology sphere still goes through confusion between anxiety and fear of societal beginner, ideal identity and real identity. The image in the work is the expression of anima which is womanhood inside man and avatar at the same time. And it is the symbol of unstable modern people located between social role and individual nature, and as an entity located between purity and desire. Relevant to this, the background symbolizes moving and existence in the middle, because the girl in the work is transitional entity. The background also provides a delicate expression from the beautiful landscape, presenting sorrow and the meaningless of reality. Only the girl and the canine exist in that space without anyone else. The image that there is no one person in the place where there should be many people represents pity mentality to reality about relationships and purity. The bridge and public transportation as well as the place with water are all representative. The bridge links different places; it is the medium which connects human and canine. But at the same time there is anxiety of movement from the existing place (Human nature or purity) to a strange place (competition, society with self-interest). And public transportation symbolizes the life of modern people, there is a fixed route and unless people take off or transfer, it flows through fixed routes. So this work is asking the question; what is forgotten in life in this societal flow. Also, even though water flows constantly, it seems to stop. And it also has meaning of border which divides place into two parts. It represents severance and sense of distance between ideal and reality, and the other way, it also has symbol of restoration like purifying.

The big canine, which exists everywhere, together with the girl, provides restoration and comfort against anxiety and the problems that humans can have. Common loneliness in modern society reminds us of the importance of these relationships. Humans raise canine, but reversely people also receive care from and depends on canine emotionally.
The bigger canine in the work is the part of nature which is most close for getting relationships and communication. The more capitalism and science develop, the more change humans should have, and humans experience confusion due to the loss of identity according to this. Huge canine faces deficiency relation and changing nature as an entity which has unchanging nature, and sometimes it sees same direction with the girl, becomes the earth for the girl. The canine becomes the object that humans can find emotional communion and stability while living with unchanging nature. But due to the stereotype of canine which has a small body size and cute appearance, it can be overlooked and not thought of deeply. So the canine in the work is much bigger than the general dog for revealing veiled purity with unfamiliarity together by changing it to transcendent entity. Human nature can be aroused by facing transcendent entity. Lastly, light appears as various colors in the work changing from moment to moment. Light plays a role to connect and fill the anxious puberty girl who symbolizes modern people in the uneasy society, the canine which is the dependent object of the girl and the place where only the girl and the canine exist with positive energy. By giving actual feeling through strong contrast of objects and delicate and soft color change in the place, the image shows consciousness and unconsciousness. Usually light exposes objects, but too strong light can eliminate objects. I tried to express light which sometimes shows glorious color, and also exposes the world of unconsciousness which hides the entity beyond the light which shows the object about ontological meaning and this light presents a question about entity, that is the question about human nature.

The huge canine faces deficiency relation and changing nature as an entity which has an unchanging nature, and sometimes it sees the same direction with the girl, becomes the earth for the girl. The canine becomes the object that humans can find emotional communion and stability while living with unchanging nature. But due to the stereotype of canine which has a small body size and cute appearance, it can be overlooked and not thought of deeply. So the canine in the work is much bigger than the general dog for revealing veiled purity with unfamiliarity together by changing it to transcendent entity. Human nature can be aroused by facing transcendent entity.

Lastly, light appears as various colors in the work changing from moment to moment. Light plays a role to connect and fill the anxious puberty girl who symbolizes modern people in the uneasy society, the canine which is the dependent object of the girl and the place where only the girl and the canine exist with positive energy. By giving actual feeling through strong contrast of objects and delicate and soft color change in the place, the image shows consciousness and unconsciousness. Usually light exposes objects, but too strong light can eliminate objects. I tried to express light which sometimes shows glorious color, and also exposes the world of unconsciousness which hides the entity beyond the light which shows the object about ontological meaning and this light presents a question about entity, that is the question about human nature.

Expressional characteristic of my work is even though it is based on reality, it is not expressed as it is but expressed through subjective interpretation of color with the sense of artist. And the effect of this interpretation is making the actual place seem like a virtual place and maximizing the feeling that people feel inside the place and delivering the feeling that artists feels to the people. That is, it plays a role to stimulate and remind humanity though maximizing sorrowful feeling which is in the beautifulness of image. I think the important role of art in the modern society is to remind us of emotional function and restore humanity. Consideration of human nature by presenting deficiency of relation due to lack of empathic ability, chaos of rapidly changing society and the solitude of humans through the relationship of the huge canine and the girl which is the symbol of me and modern people is the important theme of my work.
	jeongwoojae
작가노트

빠르게 변화하는 사회 속에서 자의식은 끊임없이 변화를 요구받으며 즉각적인 이해관계 속에 얽혀 살아가게 된다. 사람들과의 관계 역시 상호신뢰와 헌신의 유대관계는 약해져가며 개인이 지닌 이상과 현실의 불일치로 인한 공허함과 외로움은 커져간다. 이러한 정서적 결핍들 속에서 나는 반려견을 통해 사라져가고 변해가는 인간성과 대비되는 변하지 않는 본성과 순수성을 발견하고 정서적 안정감을 회복하는 채움의 경험을 하였다. 이러한 경험을 통해 현실의 문제를 드러내고 이 시대를 살아가는 우리들의 자존감, 자아를 회복하는 것을 목적으로 작업이 진행된다.

내 작업의 표현방법에서 특징적인 것은 극사실적으로 표현된 판타지적 이미지이다. 이상과 현실의 이중적 상황에 대해 극사실주의적 재현은 가상을 실재처럼 보이게 한다. 이를 극대화 시키기 위해 사진이미지와 현실의 공간, 실물의 모델을 사용한다. 그리고 거대해진 개, 빛의 표현에 있어 렌즈를 통한 인공적인 플레어, 빛망울의 표현이나 색감표현을 통해 감상자로 하여금 사실적으로 표현 된 이미지와 가상의 이미지, 판타지라는 것을 숨기지 않고 인식시킨다. 오히려 이런 카메라의 특성을 통한 이미지들을 통해 현대인들에게 현실보다 더한 정서적 몰입감을 주고자 했다. 판타지에서의 극사실적인 표현법은 현실의 문제를 감추는 것이 아닌 드러내는 역할을 한다. 현실에서 있을법한 판타지적 이미지를 통해 현실의 문제를 재발견하게 되고 느끼며 자기만의 답을 찾아가는 것이다.

작품에 등장하는 사춘기 소녀는 우리의 모습을 반영한다. 현대인들은 항상 남들과 비교하고 경쟁우위 속에서만 자신의 존재의미를 확인한다. 이런 경쟁사회 속에서의 우리는 심리적으로 불안정하고 주체에 대해 끊임없이 고민하게 되는 연약한 존재가 된다. 사춘기 소녀를 현대인의 상징으로 표현한 것은 아이에서 성인의 경계에 있는 불안정한 심리상태와 자아를 찾아가는 모습이 자존감의 회복이 필요한 현대인과 닮아있다고 생각하였기 때문이다. 어른이지만 어른에 익숙하지 않은 어느새 어른이 되어버린 우리를 나타낸다.

거대한 반려견은 우리가 가질 수 있는 불안과 문제에 대해 치유와 위안의 길을 열어준다. 현대사회의 경쟁을 통해 생기는 감정적 공허함은 이러한 관계의 중요함을 더욱 상기시킨다. 우리는 반려견 앞에서 자신을 꾸미거나 이해관계를 생각하며 대하지 않는다. 사회에서 강요되는 모습이 아닌 진실 된 자신의 모습을 발견하게 되는 것이다. 이렇게 반려견은 변하지 않는 본성을 지닌 존재로서 인간의 결핍되어가는 관계와 변해가는 본성과 마주할 수 있게 해주며, 위안을 얻는 대상이 되기도 한다. 하지만 그 체구와 귀여운 외향을 지닌 반려견의 고정관념으로 인해 깊이 사유되지 못하기 때문에 나의 작품에서는 훨씬 거대해진 존재로 변화시킴으로써 신뢰와 관계에 대한 상징성을 극대화시키고자 했다.

나는 현대사회에서 중요한 예술의 역할이 정서적 기능을 상기시키고 인간성을 회복시키는 것이라 생각한다. 공감능력의 결여, 관계의 결핍, 급변하는 사회속 혼란과 인간의 고독을 현대인의 상징인 소녀와 거대해진 반려견과의 관계를 통해 진실된 자신과 인간본성에 대한 고찰이 나의 작품에서 중요하게 작용한다. 판타지는 현실의 결핍에서 시작한다. 작품을 통해 부정적 결핍을 해소하고 진실된 자신을 발견할 수 있는 기회가 되길 희망한다.

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