Woo Byoung Yun (b. 1988) is an emerging Korean artist whose creative process is informed by deep philosophical reflection on the nature of matter and its significance in art and life. Inspired by the principles of quantum physics and the duality of nature, Woo translates these ideas into his intriguing artworks that invite the viewer to ponder the question of seeing something for what it is before defining it.
Woo Byoung Yun’s artistic practice reveals influences from the Dansaekhwa movement, a Korean art movement characterized by monochromatic colors, repetitive patterns, and a close connection to nature. Like the artists of the Dansaekhwa movement, Woo uses his art as a meditative exploration of philosophical issues.
The artist’s working method involves applying layer upon layer of plaster and paint to the canvas and then uncovering the surfaces. This process is labor-intensive but deeply meaningful, reflecting the quantum principle of superposition in which two opposing states merge into one. Woo himself describes this process as a method of expressing the compelling states of superposition of a separate whole.
Aesthetically, Woo’s works are emotional, vivid, and meditative. The complexity and texture of his monochrome works reflect his philosophical engagement with nature and the world, creating an interesting visual experience.
Woo Byoung Yun has had several solo exhibitions in Korea, including one at La Heen Gallery in Seoul. In 2021, he had his first solo show in the US with Helen J Gallery.
Can you see something for what it is before you define it?Woo Byoung Yun’s question as an artist to the people