I hope that you are all enjoying full bellies and hearts today. Despite it’s questionable start, Thanksgiving has become a time for celebrating family, friends, and food. My husband and I headed slightly south for a cold weather reprieve (I hope!), bourbon, pie, and the famous Jewsbury mashed potatoes.
Among many things, something for which I’m thankful this year is the Rainbow Teens Safe Space campaign. It is always important to see teens being supported, especially teens who are dangerously marginalized. According to their website, “Korea is a culturally conservative society; therefore, heterosexism and homophobia are prevalent in the homes, schools, religious centers, and streets. Consequently, LGBTQ teens are very likely to be in danger of emotional, verbal, and sometimes physical abuse/violence. As a result, they face psychological problems such as depression, low self-esteem, and high risk of committing suicide. Despite the demand, there are no free counseling centers, hotlines, or shelters in Korea for the LGBTQ teens.” Additional documentation about the project is provided here.
Enjoy your day today!
Posted: November 28th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: LGBTQ, Rainbow Teen Safe Space, South Korea, Thanksgiving | No Comments »
By North Korean artist, Kouk Kun Son, as part of the DMZ International Installation Art Exhibition (2013)
PARA SITE in Hong Kong just opened Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s: Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Part of the statement about the exhibition reads: “A small essay of comparative art history, this exhibition highlights “anti-art” performative tendencies in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in the 1960s—a decade of turbulence and transformation worldwide, which was also a critical period in the social and political, as well as cultural and artistic histories of the three neighboring countries.”
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea is now open! According to e-flux, “MMCA Seoul will approach citizens as a familiar and inviting museum by leading public-friendly programs, and aspires to be a “comprehensive museum integrating the past and future in the present,” a “central museum for Korean art in enhancing global diversity,” and an “open museum inducing cultural development.” The MMCA website is here. For other contemporary art space in the area click here.
This week thinkers in Korea will be thinking about the Busan Biennale upcoming in 2014: “The Busan Biennale, which is set to celebrate its eighth biennial event in 2014, seeks to explore differentiation strategies in an increasingly competitive global biennale ecosystem and reflect on the characteristics of the ecosystem which can benefit the Busan Biennale and the methods of establishing the system.” via e-flux
A few months ago I wrote a post about art around the DMZ. Projects are continually popping up. Most recently, I ran across DMZ International Installation Art Exhibition (see image above). I found the project via the artist Jung S. Kim who I found through this investment advice.
Posted: November 26th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: 1960s, Busan, Busan Biennale, DMZ, e-flux, Hong Kong, Japan, Jung S. Kim, Korea, MMCA, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, North Korea, Para Site, Seoul, South Korea, Taiwan | No Comments »
Click here to see my most recent post on Art Radar Asia! I review top contemporary art destinations in and around Seoul.
A list summary of the spaces reviewed in the article:
Samcheong-dong: PKM, Art Sonje Center, Kukje Gallery, Gallery Simon, Palais de Séoul, One and J Gallery; Alternative Space Loop; DOOSAN Gallery (in Seoul and New York); Art Space Jungmiso; and Hyeri Art Valley in Paju new the DMZ.
Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: Alternative Space Loo, Art Radar, Art Radar Asia, Art Sonje Center, Art Space Jungmiso, DMZ, Doosan Gallery, Gallery Simon, Hyeri, Hyeri Art Vallery, Korea, Kukje Gallery, One and J Gallery, Paju, Palais de Soul, PKM, Seoul, South Korea | No Comments »
Miru Kim’s Composition 4 via the artist’s website.
Read more about Miru Kim (above) in the article I wrote a few months ago.
Fashion, science, cloning: Hybrid Skins. “The creepy, animalistic pieces envision a time where the body and nature are able to be copied and personalized.” via DesignBoom
Carefully splashed milk as adornment.
Last week my students and I visited Think First, Shoot Later at the MCA. We had a fantastic discussion about Gillian Wearing’s Self-Portrait at Three Years Old (2004). Look at her eyes.
GIFs of aging.
Posted: October 20th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Body, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: Chicago, DesignBoom, Gillian Wearing, hybrid, MCA, MCA Chicago, milk, Miru Kim, pig, Shoot Later, skin, Think First | No Comments »
Wang Ye-Feng‘s Transmutation: The Future of Man will be at Soapbox Gallery in New York until October 24, 2013. Via Soapbox Gallery: “Technology has become an extension of ourselves, and as the limit between man and machine shifts, we must ask ourselves: where will this limit be in the near and far future? What will the Man of tomorrow look like, and what ethical questions does this evolution raise?”
See some of Wang’s images below:
All images in this post were used with permission from the artist.
Posted: October 19th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body | Tags: aging, avatar, digital, narcissism, race, skin, transformation, Wang Ye-Feng | No Comments »
I wrote an article about Choi Xooang for Art Radar Asia a few months ago. He’s been mentioned numerous times in the past on this blog as well. He recently closed the exhibition Fake Plastic Trees. Graywall Art Advisory and Collaboration Projects shared some of the images with me to post here. I reference some of the images in the article mentioned above: “His sculpture Colonization, at just over one hundred centimeters tall, is roughly the height of a large toddler, but with a dog head and a human male body. Despite its miniature size the figure is striking: he seems to be in motion and alert but harnessed by his own skin. The details of the sculpture convey an eerie, non-human, vagabond-like figure fabricated with multiple unmatched parts: the dog head, a mismatched hand, underwear, and laced boots. The most striking of these details is the thick brown stitching that crawls up the dog-headed boy’s back. The chest skin is worn like a vest. Choi disallows the viewer from knowing what truly lies beneath this cobbled figure’s outer layer.”
Posted: October 18th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body | Tags: Choi Xooang, Graywall Art Advisory | No Comments »
A performance at SKMU in Norway recreated by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, How to Break the Great Chinese Wall Part 2: Never Mind Pollock, includes painting with hair and polka dots. Here’s a video.
Her website says, “The weighty wall of art history constitutes a challenge for a new generation of artists. Inevitably, an artist has to clear the relation to his/her precedents and artistic relatives. Cuenca Rasmussen reenacts and deconstructs iconic works and personas of performance art.”
Posted: September 26th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body | Tags: body, China, Great Wall, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Norway, paint, performance, Pollock | No Comments »
Rudolf Steiner, Pictures of me, shooting myself into a Picture (2), 1997, Farbdia Fujichrome RDPII, 10 x 8 in. Image via Apex Art.
If you’re in New York or looking for an excuse to go, I highly recommend stopping by Apex Art to see Death of a Cameraman organized by Martin Waldmeier. In part of his statement about the exhibition Waldmerier states, “Death of a Cameraman is not an exhibition about the killing of a young man, or about the civil war in Syria. It cannot be. It is an exhibition that acknowledges the presence of a new kind of image in which everything is at stake for the ones who make them.”
There is an exhibition talk today with Liam Stack and a film screening on October 22.
Martin, thank you for putting together such a poignant and informative exhibition.
Posted: September 24th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: Apex, Apexart, Death of a Camerman, image, image making, Martin Waldmeier, New York, Rudolf Steiner, Syria, war | No Comments »
The image above is from “The Average Faces of Women Around the World.” I’m not sure about how scientific this project is but the idea is interesting. You can make your own average face here.
The Average Faces are reminiscent of this project.
Last week David Rosenberg wrote an article about plastic surgery recovery. “Stark Portraits From The Plastic Surgery Recovery Room” includes stunning and chilling photographs of women post surgery created by Ji Yeo. Here’s an interview with the artist.
This image by Zanele Muholi from 2009 is lovely and runs along the theme of this post. I found it alongside a call for papers on Visual Activism.
Posted: September 23rd, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Body, Lifestyle, Sunday Morning Coffee, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: activism, Color, cosmetic surgery, ehtnicity, faces, gender, global, Ji Yeo, photographs, plastic surgery, race, sex, world, Zanele Muholi | No Comments »
Image via Art Radar Asia‘s recent article on Naiza Khan.
This video is stunning. It is human in a way I wish we all were. If you watch anything online this week, watch this. According to the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, “Eye for an Eye – ancient legal formula calling for revenge for harm gains a new meaning in Artur Żmijewski’s film and photographic series. The film features people with disabilities, who suffer from severe difficulties in their everyday lives as a result of amputations.”
A video take on the visual transformation that comes with age. Watch a person transform from a child to an older person in a matter of minutes.
Fashionable bodies to hang on your wall.
With a bit of a play on words, I’ve been meaning to go see Homebodies at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition closes 13 October.
There’s always more on bodies to read right here.
Posted: September 15th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Body, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: age, aging, Artur Żmijewski, bodies, body, dissability, Eye for and Eye, Homebodies, MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Naiza Khan, The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw | No Comments »