Lobster Land in Seoul

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Past Exhibition

Past Exhibition

Installation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Installation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Philip Colbert
Philip Colbert
Installation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Installation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Installation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Hunt Scene IV, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas, 195 x 270 cm
Hunt II, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas, 288 x 660 cm
Philip Colbert
Insallation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Philip Colbert
Flower Study from Lobster Land Museum, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm
Philip Colbert
Lobster Skateboarding Sculpture, 2019, fibreglass with rubberized paint, 203 cm (H)
Lobster Skateboarding Sculpture, 2019, fibreglass with rubberized paint, 203 cm (H)
Lobster Skateboarding Sculpture, 2019, fibreglass with rubberized paint, 203 cm (H)
The Year of the Lobster (collaboration with Simon de Pury), 2019, video installation, 5min
The Year of the Lobster (collaboration with Simon de Pury), 2019, video installation, 5min
The Year of the Lobster (collaboration with Simon de Pury), 2019, video installation, 5min
Insallation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Insallation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Insallation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Insallation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Insallation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Insallation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Insallation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Insallation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Insallation view of Lobster Land in Seoul, Gallery Simon, 2019
Selfie Lobster Sculpture, 2019, fibreglass with rubberized paint, 120 cm (H)
Philip Colbert
Lobster Land, 2019, video installation, 2min
Lobster Land, 2019, video installation, 2min
Lobster Land, 2019, video installation, 2min
Lobster Land, 2019, video installation, 2min

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Lobster Land in Seoul

Philip Colbert

June 20 - August 10, 2019

갤러리 시몬은 6 21일부터 8월 10일까지 앤디 워홀의 대자(Godson)’로 평가받는 필립 콜버트(Philip Colbert)의 회화와 조각비디오 인스톨레이션을 국내 최초로 선보인다최근 홍콩에 이어 서울 특별전으로 기획된 이번 전시는 앤디 워홀프란시스 베이컨조지 콘도 등 컨템포러리 마스터들에 대한 새로운 도전이자 해석인 헌트 페인팅(Hunt Painting)’ 시리즈와 작가 고유의 캐릭터인 랍스터가 사는 가상세계 랍스터 랜드(Lobster Land)’ 중심으로 구성되었다. 


필립 콜버트는 스코틀랜드 퍼스 출생으로 현재 런던에서 거주하고 활동 중이며사치 갤러리 런던/LA(2019,2017), 이트스톤 홍콩(2019), 유니트 런던(2018), 파워롱 박물관 상하이(2018), 테이트 모던 런던(2015) 등에서 개인전을 개최하였다그는 대학교에서 철학을 전공한 후 자신의 이름을 건 의류브랜드를 만드는 등 독특한 이력을 가진 작가이다이러한 활동들은 그의 작업에도 영향을 미쳤는데 그의 알터 에고(Alter Ego)인 랍스터는 의류 디자인을 했을 때부터 등장했다수많은 랍스터 패턴의 수트를 입은 필립 콜버트는 어느 새 사람들에게 ‘랍스터 맨으로 인식되었고그는 이 랍스터를 자신의 또 다른 자아로 받아들였다.


필립 콜버트는 헌트 페인팅 시리즈에서 팝 아티스트들의 전유물인 대중문화의 상징들을 사용하고 새로운 디지털 문화와 초현실주의의 이미지를 서양 미술사의 흐름과 함께 보여준그는 오늘날 예술이 핸드폰과 컴퓨터를 통해 쉽게 접근 가능하며 소비되는 사실을 지적한다. “우리는 울트라 팝의 포화상태 세계즉 인스타그램의 대량 유입과 SNS 이미지가 예술적 기억으로 어우러지는 일종의 메가 팝 세계에 살고 있다.” 필립 콜버트는 피터 폴 루벤스마르셀 뒤샹프란시스 베이컨조지 콘도 등 대가들의 이미지들을 차용하여 미술사와 현대 대중문화 사이의 대화를 구성하고사회적으로 통용되는 기호들을 재사용함으로써 시각 이미지가 과잉 소비되는 디지털 사회에 대해 물음을 던진다. 또한 필립 콜버트는 나에게 예술이란 하나의 세계를 만드는 것이다.”라고 말한 대로초현실주의의 주인공인 랍스터가 사는 가상세계를 제작하여 랍스터 랜드 프로젝트 (Lobster Land Project)’를 실현하고 있다.

 

이번 전시 Lobster Land in Seoul 은 숨 이지윤(북경 중앙미술학원 미술관 객원 큐레이터) Philly Adams 디렉터(사치 갤러리)가 함께 기획했다특히 이번 전시는 필립 콜버트의 초대형 작품 Hunt II (288 x 660 cm)와 런던, LA, 도쿄홍콩 등 다른 도시에서 공개하지 않았던 여러 신작들을 볼 수 있는 기회가 될 것이다.


Gallery Simon is happy to host the first show of Philip Colbert who is commonly referred to as ‘the Godson of Andy Warhol’ and exhibit his paintings, sculptures and video installation for the first time in Korea. This show is curated as a sequel of his recent exhibition in Hong Kong to mainly focus on his Hunt Painting Series which shows artist’s challenge and interpretation of contemporary masters such as Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, and George Condo and Lobster Land, the virtual world where the artists alter ego ‘Lobster’ lives.

Philip Colbert was born in Perth, Scotland and now working and living in London. He had a solo show in Saatchi Gallery London & LA(2019, 2017), Whitestone Hong Kong(2019), Unit London(2018), Powerlong Museum Shanghai(2018), Tate Modern London(2015) and many more. He studied philosophy in college and then moved onto creating his own fashion line. His rather “odd” biography is not directly related to his practice, but the implication is obvious. He created a Lobster character for his fashion line. Philip Colbert wearing a lobster suite later resulted in people calling his “the lobster man” and he accepted this reputation as part of himself.

In his most renown series, Hunt Paintings, he used icons of pop culture to show the new digital culture and images of surrealism in parallel to the history of art. He points out that today’s art can be too easily accessible with mobiles and computers and often consume and disposed of. He says “We live in a world of ultra pop saturation, a sort of mega pop world where mass intake of Instagram and social media imagery merges with artistic memory.” Philip Colbert borrows images of masters such as Peter Paul Rubens, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Bacon, George Condo to create a conversation between art history and the modern pop culture, and uses popular icons to cast question to the digital society where the visual images are overly consumed. He then goes on to creating a virtual world in his ‘Lobster Land Project’ with the elaborate imitation of human society.

Lobster Land in Seoul is curated by Jiyoon Lee(Guest Curator, CAFA Museum Beijing) in association with Philly Adams(Director, Saatchi gallery). Philip Colbert is disclosing the biggest painting Hunt II (288 x 660 cm) as well as many of his new work that has never been shown before.

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