2014

Koo Bohnchang
Portraits of Time


Man’s mortality, the history of certain living things and their eventual decay and disappearance, have been recurring themes in my works. Recently, I have concentrated more on simple things such as the lines of a palm, tree roots, earth and water. The subject of this series is an extension of those projects – specks of dust that have accumulated on the surface of a wall that in turn has been subjected to a variety of wear and tear over time. As I worked on this piece, I was reminded of a saying they have in India: “What we call the world is an accumulation of dust.” I wonder how many stories these traces of dust, almost invisible, can tell us?

About the Artist
Koo Bohnchang (b. 1953, Korea) attended Yonsei University majoring in Business Administration and later studied photography in Hamburg, Germany.

His works have been exhibited in over 30 solo exhibitions including Samsung Rodin Gallery, Seoul (2001), Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts (2002), Camera Obscura, Paris (2004), Kukje Gallery, Seoul and Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art (2006), Goeun Museum of Photography, Busan (2007), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2010).