Media artist Park Chan-kyong has recently opened a solo exhibition in Korea for the first time in 5 years. As a multi-media artist, Park Chan-kyong (who happens to be the younger brother of internationally renowned film director Park Chan-wook) explores a crucial element of Korea: its people and the unspoken effects of rapid socioeconomic progress that bypassed the necessary psychological postwar healing. This exhibition, named Annyeong Farewell, is an homage to the nameless and underprivileged souls that were sacrificed during Korea’s blind pursuit of economic growth. Citizen’s Forest, the centerpiece of the exhibition, laments the lost lives of tragic events in modern Korean history like the 1894 Donghak Peasant Revolution, the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, the 1980 Gwangju Uprising and also the most recent Sewol Ferry Disaster (2014). It is a three channel panoramic video that was inspired by poet Kim Soo-young’s The Great Root and painter Oh Yoon’s The Lemures. The gloomy exhibition reflecting on the clandestine torment the country had to endure, would be well finished with a moment of silence.
If you’ve ever visited one of ADER’s showrooms, you might have left with a cobalt blue-colored shopping bag and a slight craving for more creative space. After all, ADER Error has begun to take claim as one of Korea’s strongest leaders in fashion, with Vogue referring to them as "the Korean Vetements". Interestingly enough, both urban cultured fashion ventures were born in the same year, in 2014. The founders of ADER, a ragtag group of Seoulites who have studied at Central Saint Martins, the Fashion Institute of Technology and ESMOD, cleverly devised the phonetic Korean pronunciation of the word ‘other’ as their brand name. Their brand concept is reconstructing the “near-missed things" (all the daily objects in our lives that can be easily unnoticed) in an unorthodox style. The exhibition set up by the design collective at D Project Space playfully highlights and gives a better understanding of such a slogan. ‘Near-missed things’ or the things we take for granted have been fantastically translated into interactive spaces that embody what is best described as a sensual mix of retro 80’s and modern chic. While vivid colors and plastic objects reminiscent of the era adorn the pathways (onto, laid throughout, etc...), the whole experience feels well-suited for today’s youth; As Korea’s contemporary youth culture is marked by boldness and an ever-longing for self-identity, ADER’s catchy ways of storytelling and style of revamping the mundane fit the bill. At D Project Space, ever
Dukhoo is a Korean word that once upon a time had a negative connotation: a reclusive fanatic. However, with the recent wave of cool, smart "kidults" in the Korean adult population, the word is now almost bestowed with a positive light, onto those who are considered experts in the field they're ‘specialized’ in. To celebrate this cultural phenomenon and to formulate fresh perspectives, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art has taken the privilege to explore dukhoo-ism through 11 different artworks. The exhibition begins with a question that all millennials may be amused to answer: “What kind of dukhoo are you?” You’ll be able to answer that through Ko Seong-bae’s The Kooh Maker. Ko is actually the editor-in-chief of The Kooh, a local magazine focusing on dukhoo cultures. With his extensive knowledge in the "subculture," he was able to put together a fun interactive installation that encompasses the whole first room of the exhibition hall. You begin with a roadmap graphically laid out on a wall which you follow according to characteristic descriptions leading you to one of four pamphlets. The pamphlets describe in-detail the type of dukhoo you are while also giving you a map of how to best navigate the artworks. Being an expert in the field, you can trust his judgment of the type of dukhoo you are. Unfortunately, translation is not available. The rest of the exhibition examines varying approaches in revealing this rising subculture. Some works on display express a notion of obsession that
Kim JinSik, founder and designer of atelier Studio JinSik Kim, has opened his first ever solo exhibition Balance from a Line at Sophis Gallery for a short duration, from May 24th until June 28th. He is known for his simple yet elaborate use of materials, form and creative thinking, which lead him to collaborate with international brands like Baccarat, Christofle and mega-fashion house Hermes among others. Balance from a Line will showcase 23 pieces including 2 collections. The first collection to be displayed is ‘One Point’, which recreates a mini golf course in a stylish manner while the second collection named ‘HalfHalf’ is a collaborative project done with Swedish flooring brand Bolon and Spanish marble brand Cuellar Stone. This artist and product designer is one who knows how to find extremely aesthetical methods of combining two or more materials together without one element falling in significance to the other. Whether it is silver and stone or marble and poly, Kim JinSik creates simplistic yet stunning masterpieces.