David LaChapelle’s powerful as well as controversial yet undeniably alluring collections of images are back for his second solo exhibition in Seoul. With his works spanning from his ‘dark ages’ (which started at the age of 15) to the 2013 Land Scape sculpture series, Ara Museum in Insa-dong has the honor of representing LaChapelle this time. LaChapelle, an artist who did anything to survive in the field of photography, jumped at the opportunity handed to him by Andy Warhol at Interview Magazine. On being a high school dropout, he notes that this phase of his life is his substitute for university. LaChapelle, a self-proclaimed workaholic, worked day and night striving to create new images that the world had never seen. As a result, he was granted the title "Fellini of photography" and a long list of celebrity clients. However, as he grew, he began to question everything he loved doing while his ideas became increasingly ambiguous and distant for the mainstream to grasp. Having burnt himself out, he left the industry with the plan to start a farm in Hawaii. Yet, he was soon invited to showcase his work at a German gallery. The opportunity which was much less commercial in its essence compared to what he had been used to lead LaChapelle to truly embark in his fine arts career with a new dimension of work; He was no longer bound by the constraints of and pressure from the fashion and celebrity photography which he had been known for all along. In such a course, LaChapelle began
Kumho Museum presents the 4 winners of the Kumho Young Artist Program, Choi Byeong-seok, Shon Kyung-hwa, Lee Dong-geun and Hwang Sue-yeon. Concerning struggles of adulthood, the exhibition looks into relatable personal experiences. Shon, who has studied in Paris, Chicago and London, for example, explains how she was both an insider and outsider in each city, a “complex maze” as she describes. Lee examines the effect of our information-flooded lives and how we have become oblivious to the space we live in, while Hwang challenges the normativity in perception. The exhibition will be open until April 2nd.
Yoo Hyunmi’s numerical works of art shown at Savina Gallery, could be seen as a mathematical perception of art. Within a confined space, the physical numbers appear like sculptural forms, juxtaposed with casual objects and lines to formulate a philosophical equation. The space then turns both 2D (from the lines), 3D (from the forms), and even 4D(represented by the numerical figures). What does each number mean in relation to the object they stand close to? Why do some numbers rely on other objects or lines to garner more presence? These are some of the questions that rise upon looking and even being involved in Yoo's works.
Taking a new approach using new media and technology, S-Factory in Seongsu-dong presents a modern media art exhibition of the celebrated Viennese artist Gustav Klimt. Unlike the traditional method—of viewing renowned paintings hung on museum walls—this exhibition allows us to experience the works of art complimented by music, lighting, LED screens and more. Divided into 6 sections (End of Century, Ver Sacrum, Women, Stocklet Frieze, Later Colors and Kiss), each section offers unique insight into the Austrian symbolist painter. Outside the main exhibition, visitors can experience a virtual reality of a Stoclet Palace dining room decorated with an artwork which Klimt was commissioned to create.