in Frieze Seoul , News | 01 SEP 23

Eric Nam’s Top Picks from Frieze Seoul Viewing Room 2023

The singer selects an evocative range of canvases from Wol-Ryong BYUN, to KEEM Jiyoung and HA Chong-Hyun, among others

in Frieze Seoul , News | 01 SEP 23


Conjunction 95-011, 1995

Oil on hemp cloth

76.38" x 102.36" (194 cm x 260 cm)

Presented by Kukje Gallery


Ha Chong Hyun (b. 1935) Conjunction 95-011 1995 Oil on hemp cloth 194 x 260 cm Courtesy of the artist and Kukje Gallery Photo: Chunho An Image provided by Kukje Gallery
HA Chong-Hyun, Conjunction 95-011, 1995, oil on hemp cloth, 194 x 260 cm.Courtesy of the artist and Kukje Gallery Photo: Chunho An. Image provided by Kukje Gallery

“By a master and leader in Dansaekhwa. This piece reminds me that black is never just black.”  


Mother, 1985

Oil on canvas

47.05" x 28.35" (119.5 cm x 72 cm)

Presented by Hakgojae Gallery

BYUN Wol-ryong (1916-1990) 1985 Mother 119.5x72cm Oil on canvas
BYUN Wol-ryong, Mother, 1985, oil on canvas, 119.5 x 72cm. Courtesy of Hakgojae Gallery

Mother feels like a familiar stranger. A traditional Korean figure painted in Western techniques evokes old photos and images of my grandparents and ancestors I barely knew.”  


Glowing Hour, 2023

51.3" x 51.3" (130.3 cm x 130.3 cm)

Presented by P21

Jiyoung Keem, Glowing Hour, 2023. Courtesy the artist and P21
KEEM Jiyoung, Glowing Hour, 2023. Courtesy the artist and P21

“Like a moth to a flame, I always find myself just staring at KEEM Jiyoung’s works and feeling good. Something seemingly so simple, yet delicate and great.”  


You Won’t Know, if You Don’t Go., 2023

Oil on canvas

60" x 47.99" x 1.73" (152.4 cm x 121.9 cm x 4.4 cm)

Presented by Blum & Poe

Friedrich Kunath You Won't Know, If You Don't Go., 2022 Oil on canvas 60 x 48 x 1 3/4 inches (152.4 x 121.9 x 4.4 centimeters) © Friedrich Kunath, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo
Friedrich Kunath, You Won’t Know, If You Don’t Go., 2022. Oil on canvas, 152.4 x 121.9 x 4.4 cm. 

© Friedrich Kunath, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

“I’m always pulled into Kunath’s work not only for color and composition, but because it is always witty. His works are ironic, fun, weird, thought-encouraging and, ultimately, welcoming.” 


Where You Stand Green-2, 2022

Acrylic and polyester fiber on canvas

73.23" x 73.23" (186 cm x 186 cm)

Presented by Kukje Gallery

Kibong Rhee, Where You Stand Green-2, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Kukje Gallery
Kibong RHEE, Where You Stand Green-2, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Kukje Gallery

“The layering of materials to create a lush but hazy dreamscape is evocative of both the real world but also a place we may only encounter in our subconscious. The work also reminds me of early childhood mornings as I set off for school in the fog.” 


Eric Nam. Courtesy Eric Nam.
Eric Nam. Courtesy Eric Nam. 

Named GQ Korea’s Man of the Year and Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, the multifaceted musician, actor and television personality Eric Nam is one of the most successful Korean-American figures of recent times, having built what GQ calls “one of the most varied and entrepreneurial legacies in the K-Pop scene.”

Eric has amassed more than 1bn global streams and is kicking off an 80+ city world tour to support his newest album ‘House on a Hill’, released on September 8.

In addition to music, Eric is a co-founder and creative director at DIVE Studios, the world’s leading AAPI and K-pop-focused media company with multiple award-winning podcasts, and Mindset, a mental health and wellness platform for Gen Z audiences.


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