Minho Hong “Buried Shadows”

Elga Wimmer PCC

poster for Minho Hong “Buried Shadows”
[Image: Minho Hong "Best Modern World 9" (2014) Marker on Canvas]

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The neon lights shining in the street and under the bright lights the wild cats are living and breathing together with humans. The reflected cities in the eyes of the cats are cold yet warm, resembling the characteristic that humans possess: An indifferent, yet caring.

Minho Hong saw the city through the eyes of the cats. Through the calm eyes of the cats, each artwork tells a different story towards a different viewer. Hong portrayed the attractive yet vulgar atmosphere of cities depicted from the red light districts in Kyung Nam, South Korea filled with manifold bars and Karaoke. Hong also emblematically allocates the figures of BMW Cars, churches, mannequins, statues, and CCTVs to highlight the meanings behind his works. Drawn upon the red light district, Hong’s twisted view of the city truly demonstrates the metaphor of depression inside a longing for success. The complicated city’s milieu and the antithetic view of the cats’ shining and ominous eyes, Hong’s art symbolized the desolation and vanishes communication in the Korean Society.

Started in 2007, the series of “Buried Shadows” are drawn upon Hong’s deep encounter with cats in the street. Among them, Hong saw gloomy emotions and described how “the city and the cats share similar isolation yet thirst in repeating the birth and extinction”. Through his artworks, Hong is parallelizing the eyes of surviving wild cats in the streets with sorrow and lonesome sentiments existing in Korea. Using an instant marker as a main material and placing them on a heavy canvas, Hong symbolizes how the society is unstable and inconsistent. Elegant yet buried within the dark shadows, Hong’s artworks are concealed with deeper meanings.



from April 01, 2015 to April 10, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-04-02 from 18:00 to 20:00


Minho Hong

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