The Future is Bright: North Korean linocut

The Future is Bright is an exhibition of seventeen original linocuts depicting man’s exploration of the furthest reaches of our universe – outer space and the ocean floor

The works are a collaboration between two artists, Briton Nicholas Bonner and North Korean Kim Kwang
 Nam. Having grown up under the influence of the Cold War in Britain and North Korea respectively, the two men share a nostalgia for the imagery of their childhoods and the excitement and promise of an imagined future. The Future is Bright is the result of these shared memories.

 

 

 

 

 

Planet Survey

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Nicholas Bonner has worked with several North Korean artists since first travelling to the DPRK in 1993. One of his most recent collaborations, Utopian Tours, led to a Golden Lion-winning exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In 2014, he was in North Korea discussing the art he grew up with as a child. A local artist, Kim Kwang Nam brought out a comic book, surprised that they shared, and had both been simulated by, similar imagery. As with many of the projects Bonner has worked on in North Korea, this series developed through the input of both parties, but using the highly developed skills of the North Korean artist to create the final pieces.

Curator Doug Hall has brought out a collection of rare works by a North Korean artist, Kim Kwang Nam to Anna Schwartz Gallery

“Imbedded within the visual narrative of ‘The Future is Bright’ is a reflection of a utopian vision of North Korea. It is a socialism shaped by the influence of Soviet idealism, where science, exploration and the vastness of its imaginative reach might become part of a proletarian dream. In the case of ‘The Future is Bright’ western audiences might read it as an irony about one of the least visited places on the planet. But in reality, it’s about the imagination of childhood realised again as an adult, an imagination born out of circumstances where the individual imagination usually remains unseen.”

Curator Doug Hall who co-curated the exhibition at the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Artist:
Kim Kwang Nam
Born 24th Sep, 1953, he graduated from Pyongyang Art University in 1972, and has worked for Mansudae Art Studio, Pyongyang,  since 1993.

Selected Artworks

Space-Scene
Space Scene
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID: L029
Edition of 15
Animals

Animals
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L027
Edition of 15

Animals and Plants

Animals and Plants
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L024
Edition of 15

Reflection of a Rocket
Reflection of Rocket
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 60 x 69.5 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L019
Edition of 15
Undersea World

Undersea World
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 59.5 x 70 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L016
Edition of 15

Underwater Research

Underwater Research
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 99 x 40 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L023
Edition of 15

Inside the Submarine
Inside the Submarine
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 29.5 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L028
Edition of 15
Filtration Under the Sea

Filtration Under the Sea
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L025
Edition of 15

Rocket fired toward the planet

Rocket Fired Towards Planet
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L028
Edition of 15

Planet Survey
Planet Survey
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L026
Edition of 15
Space Man Reflected in Helmet

Spaceman Reflected in Helmet
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 40 x 99 cm
Price: 1900 EUR
ID:L030
Edition of 15

Local-Space-Transport

Local Space Transport
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L015
Edition of 15

Satellite Maintenance

Satellite Maintenance
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L020
Edition of 15

Deep Space Mining
Deep Space Mining
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L022
Edition of 15
World Rescue Team

World Rescue Team
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L021
Edition of 15

running low on oxygen

Running Low on Oxygen
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L018
Edition of 15

Underwater-Photography.

Conservation of the Sea
Year: 2015
Kim Kwang Nam
Linocut on high gloss paper
Size: 42 x 59 cm
Price: 1600 EUR
ID:L017
Edition of 15

Shipping is charged at 80 EUR or artworks may be collected from our studio in Beijing. Art may be returned to our office within 10 days of receipt for full refund less bank charges.

Further Commissioned Works

Single Hearted Unity Cover
Single Hearted Unity
Hand painted propaganda posters depicting political and social messages
Read more.
Higher and Higher
‘Starting Work’ series
Limited edition linocuts exhibited at Verbeelde Werkelijkheid: Kunst uit Noord-Korea’
Read more.
Heroines and Villains 80 x
Heroines and Villains
Unique comic book linocut experiment, Heroes and Villains
Read more.
Guarding-the-Skies
The Spiritual Core of Korea
Iconic roles of females in North Korean society
Read more.