Art in South Korea and by South Korean artists

Why did Kimsooja crisscross South Korea with her Bottari Truck?

Kimsooja’s trip through South Korea Kimsooja is a celebrated interdisciplinary artist who uses various artistic disciplines and mediums to weave a tale regarding concepts such as migration and cultural issues. Her work has been praised as giving center stage to these issues and one of these renowned pieces is the Cities on the Move – …

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Dansaekhwa: Korean monochrome painting: Everything you need to know

What is Dansaekhwa? Dansaekhwa is an art movement born in South Korea in the 1970s. The pioneers of Dansaekhwa are born between 1913 and 1936 and avoided any reference to Western realism in their works, creating primarily monochrome and minimalist paintings. The artists also attempted to break away from the heritage of Japanese imperialism and …

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Nam June Paik’s legendary Electronic Superhighway

What is Nam June Paik’s Electronic Superhighway? Electronic Superhighway is one of the most noted works of Korean Nam June Paik artist. It illustrates how he interpreted a diverse nation through media technology. The Electronic Superhighway is a large installation, constructed with 336 televisions, 50 DVD players, 3750 feet of cable, and 575 feet of …

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Yeesookyung’s ceramic vases: Imperfection & surprising results

Translated Vase Yeesookyung is a South Korean artist living in Seoul. She is known for her complex and enchanting ceramic designs and sculptures. The Translated series series, like many of her works, is made up of shards and fragments of broken ceramic pieces that are carefully pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Yeesookyung created her …

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Who is Korean painter Sea Hyun Lee?

Sea Hyun Lee’s Between the Red South Korea’s traditional illustrative and art history is immovable; however, cultural and artistic experimentation will always be relentless. Sea Hyun Lee demonstrates his understanding of just how true the above statement is through his art. He manages to join the two forces of past and present together to create …

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Gimhongsok mocks Jeff Koons highest priced work using garbage bags

This Canine Construction by South Korean artist, Gimhongsok is one that anyone would fall in love with, coupled with the enigmatic quality it has. This work is the sculpture of a dog and remains one of the artist’s most well-known works in recent times. The creation involved using garbage bags, balloons, cardboard boxes, all …

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Meekyoung Shin’s beautiful sculptures – Made entirely from soap

About Meekyoung Shin Meekyoung Shin, a South Korean sculptor, became popular for her Translation series, using soap as her medium of art. Trained in the tradition of European sculpture, her statuettes are made factoring in the Western and Eastern styles of relief. Her works are usually made from palm oil, a vegetarian soap. Her technique …

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Daesung Lee’s photography – 75% of Mongolia might turn into a desert

35% of Mongolians are still nomads Daesung Lee’s Futuristic Archeology project deals with the nomadic people of Mongolia. Although Mongolia has seen increasing modernization and urbanization in recent decades, approximately 35% of Mongolians still live a traditional nomadic lifestyle, thus depending on the vast land and their relationship with the land to survive. However, environmental …

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Cayetano Ferrer’s optical illusion billboard in South Korea

About Cayetano Ferrer’s describes his works like this: My work ends up being the result of the question: what exactly is an illusion? Is everything we see on a screen or a printed photograph an illusion? Is culture implicated in illusion? Can language itself be an illusion? Photos All images by Cayetano Ferrer/cayetanoferrer.net unless otherwise noted. …

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