Publisher: Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Artist: Seung Yul Oh

HaaPoom takes its title from the Korean word for ‘yawn’, an infectious and often involuntary act. The reference continues artist Seung Yul Oh’s interest in exploring creativity, expression and surprise. Working from the simplest of materials, he transforms everyday experiences into unexpected encounters that are activated by audiences. The title is also a nod to both the wind as a defining characteristic of West Auckland, as well as Oh’s keen interest in expansion, growth, kinetic forces and latent potential through the lightest of materials: air.

Seung Yul Oh (b. 1981, Seoul, Korea) is a Korean New Zealand artist based between Titirangi and Seoul. He has been described by The Guardian (UK) as a ‘rising star of the Asian art market’. He moved to Auckland in 1997 and graduated with an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland in 2005. His survey exhibition MoaMoawas presented at Dunedin Public Art Gallery in 2013 and City Gallery Wellington in 2014. He has staged solo shows and projects at Art Basel Miami Beach and Art Basel Hong Kong; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Artspace, Auckland; The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt; Ggooll, Seoul, and Christchurch Art Gallery. Group exhibitions include the Auckland Art Gallery; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; City Gallery Wellington and 4A Centre for Contemporary Art, Sydney. Permanent public commissions have been built in Auckland and Hamilton. He is represented by One and J. Gallery in Seoul and Starkwhite in Auckland.

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