Shadows of Existence

Kwak Nam Sin
Stare, 2019
chinese ink, colour pencil on paper
29.92h x 22.05w in
76h x 56w cm

Shadows of Existence

Kwak Nam Sin
Esquisse Drawing, 2019
watercolour pencil on paper
19.69h x 25.59w in
50h x 65w cm

Shadows of Existence

Kwak Nam Sin 
Untitled, 2014
pigment print, Colour pencil on canvas
51.18h x 68.11w in
130h x 173w cm

Kwak Nam Sin

Shadows of Existence Curated by Till Fellrath

February 14 – July 31, 2020

Curated by Till Fellrath

Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 6-8 pm


The gallery is pleased to partner with Lsberg for the exhibition Shadows of Existence, curated by Till Fellrath.


The exhibition Shadows of Existence presents, for the first time in New York, an overview of important groups of work by eminent Korean artist Kwak Nam Sin. In total 19 different works, executed in a variety of different two-dimensional media, form one comprehensive singular installation. While many of the exhibited works were created in the past few years, the exhibition also presents an earlier, seminal mixed media work from 2012 entitled Silhouette Puzzle and Kalpa, another work from 2004. The two works illustrate Kwak’s unique technique of combining different media, including spray paint, paraffin, and beeswax.


What unites these seemingly diverse works is his ongoing reflection on human existence and the ambiguity of social interactions. In his very own way, Kwak tells us stories that make us connect with our inner self. This unique interaction with the viewer ultimately completes the work at large, creating a mystical bond in the form of an ostensibly minimal artistic gesture. It is as if we are, for once, able to capture a moment of the shadow of our suspended existence.


Born in 1953 in Seoul, Korea, Kwak Nam Sin graduated from the College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, and received a Diploma from the Printmaking Department, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His numerous solo and group exhibitions include the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Coreana Museum of Art, and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art. He currently holds the position of Honorary Professor at the School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts, Seoul.