Gana Mplanet is one of the most exciting places for public art in South Korea and arguably all of Asia. Being located directly at Seoul Station this huge 99 x 79m media canvas displays various art installations throughout the year.
Yang Man-ki (양만기)
Jazoo Yang, an emerging artist from Korea, got a new site. Check it out at jazooyang.com. Yang uses a variety of techniques, like paintings, installations, performance or tape works and especially works in South Korea’s urban space.
In 2012 there are several chances to see her work in real life, with exhibitions coming up in Seoul, Busan, Berlin and New York. Stay tuned for more.
A selection of works by the Korean artist
Jazoo is a Korean artist who lives and works in Beijing and Seoul. She uses her paintings and installations to document other’s solitude, often in interesting ways. Her paintings, which she creates by using brushes or knifes, are usually not finished, so that the surface becomes the infinite space for her.
Jazoo has exhibited in numerous galleries in Seoul, at the Sang-sang International Art Museum, Beijing and had a solo exhibition at the Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin this year.
Read more about her work below the images.
Common alleys, installed in Seoul, 2010
Paintings in public space on Jeju Island, Korea
The Excretion Series (acrylic on paper, 300x540cm), exhibited 2010 at Gallery Space101, Seoul
The Excretion (mixed media on wall, 450x660cm), shown at the solo exhibition We Don’t Blame You at Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, in 2011
“I use my actual body for my works with minimum-using tools like a brush and a knife. There is the mixture of finger-painting and action-painting. It immerses myself in the act of painting like a trance. Further more it takes various sincere emotions out of my unconscious. The act of painting means the work of harmonizing body and mind for me. The immersion to that brings my energy, ‘ki(氣, chinese character)’ out. The aim of my works is to make infinite space on a limited plane. ‘A dot, a line and a face’ holding my ‘ki’ has continuous movement. I make them to extend into that infinite space.
I also pay attention to the painting itself. A true painting has the characteristic of material like run-down, sprinkled, sticked, crumbled and scratched. The movement of a painter, the pace of a work and the intensity of emotion are found from that characteristic. To make the most of material’s characteristic become the process to release my characteristic and freedom. The completion means the end so I just explode my energy, never complete my painting. After pouring my momentary energy to my canvas, I just leave it as it is. As a result, the fixed and limited plane surface becomes the infinite space. ‘A dot, a line and a face’ holding my energy infinitely extend to the space by themselves.”
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Three older works by the Korean artist
The short films by Park June Bum (b. 1976) are already quite old (~2002) but still nice. His work intelligently covers several relevant topics, like the rapid change of not just the Korean society. Park has exhibited widely throughout the world.
More information about the Korean photo magazine Blink and its fourth issue.
Blink is a bilingual photography magazine from South Korea, covering photographers from domestic young emerging to international established ones. The 4th issue came out this June and #5 is already being printing. The magazine is run by Aram Kim, who is editor, publisher and distributor at the same time. See more at Blink Magazine.
Preview of Issue #4
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Seoul, South Korea, is a white spot for most westerns. Being well-known for electronic products, food and pop culture, the second most populous metropolitan area of the world has a lot more to offer than kimchi and k-pop.
While many in Seoul try to live up to the strong social norms and expectations, a good amount also strives for ‘western’ values, or at least those represented in American dramas, which are watched by all ages. Seoul is one of the most intense places, where the clash of tradition and modern trends is very tangible and visible. 60-80 hour work weeks are normal, and some find their corner of freedom in the socially accepted overuse of alcohol in the after hours. Others go for deviant behavior, and appear more individualistic. They can be found throughout the city, but are hard to discover sometimes. Nils Müller did that, last week.