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 »
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 »
As a compliment to my article, “Supplementary Skins”, my most recent post for Art Radar Asia, “Giant cyborgs and miniature humanoids: male nudes in South Korean art” reviews work by Lee Yongbaek, Choi Xooang, Dongwook Lee, Hyungkoo Lee, and Kim Joon. See an excerpt below.
Korea is the male make-up capital of the world and cosmetic surgery for men is becoming increasingly prevalent. For business or for pleasure, Korean men are willing to augment their bodies through means beyond pumping iron and following a stringent diet. This sea change in attitude towards acceptable masculinity has not escaped national or international critical comment: Sun Jung’s book Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yosama, Rain, Oldboy, K-Pop Idols digs deeper into changing Korean masculinity, as does Stephen J. Epstein and Rachael M. Yoo’s article “Multiple Exposures: Korean Bodies and the Transnational Imagination.”
Posted: August 30th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body | Tags: androgyny, Art Radar, Art Radar Asia, bodies, body, Choi Xooang, cosmetic surgery, cyborg, Dongwook Lee, humanoid, Hyungkoo Lee, K-Pop, Kim Joon, Korea, Korean, Lee Yongbaek, Make-up, makeup, male, man, masculine, men, North Korea, Rachael M. Yoo, skin, South Korea, Stephen Epstein, Sun Jung | No Comments »
Ariana Russell’s Sail via DesignBoom
DesignBoom says, “American artist Ariana Russell responds to the unique components of her skin to draw painless, temporary, and ephemeral designs on her body, the designs visible just long enough to photograph the results. Russell has a skin condition called dermatographia…” Read more of the DesignBoom article here.
The image above is an oddly appropriate transitional image from today to tomorrow. Today is the last day of my vacation, I move from bright blue lakes and warm wind back to the chilly bustle of Chicago. I’m cleaning out my email at Lansing, Michigan based Biggby Coffee with lukewarm decaf. Our vacation was wonderful but I’m looking forward to getting back to SAIC and some writing projects. Ta-ta, summer! Enjoy the links below!
Edward Hopper in 3-D via DesignBoom.
A human harp via DesignBoom. This reminds me a bit of Miru Kim’s Naked City Spleen.
A stunning reaction to devastation via DesignBoom.
Gwangju Design Biennale opens on September 6. Read a quick intro via e-flux.
What’s coming up at Doosan Gallery in New York and Seoul.
Next time I’m in Seoul I really need to visit this space.
Posted: August 25th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Body, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: Biggby Coffee, bridge, dermatographia, DesignBoom, Doosan Gallery, e-flux, Edward Hopper, Gwangju, Gwangju Design Biennale, harp, Hopper, Lansing, michigan, Miru Kim, music, New York, SAIC, Seoul, skin, South Korea, USA | No Comments »
Dongwook Lee’s Vitamin from 2003 via Doosan Gallery
From the press release of his solo exhibition Love Me Sweet at Arario Gallery, “As figure who represents the Korean new wave sculptors early in the new millennium, Lee has contrasted perfect beauty to the violent, uncanny situations that lurk beneath through elaborate and realistic sculptures made of a material called Sculpie. The composition of his works, perfectly modeled and exposed under precise containment, reflect Lee’s tendency to push himself to the very boundaries of controllability.” via Art Forum
Mioon’s Lead Me to Your Door from 2011 via Neolook
Mioon is a collaborative between Min Kim and Moon Choi. I first saw their work in the Korean Eye Catalogue which states of the artists, “In their reading of today’s cultural landscape they reveal the fictional and ideological mechanisms that pervade underneath the surface of things in various forms.”
Hyungkoo Lee’s Face Trace 003 from 2012 via AKIVE
Part of Gallery Skape’s press release for Face Trace, “The artist captures his own various facial expressions and intentionally fragments into several parts. By reassembling them according to the studies of physiognomy, he composes totally different figures. Face Trace is created by overlapping skull structures of several human races and different parts of artist’s multiple facial expressions. This process follows the method of facial reconstruction used in forensic science.” via Art Agenda
Posted: August 14th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body | Tags: AKIVE, Arario Gallery, Art Agenda, body, cranium, Dongwook Lee, Doosan Gallery, Hyungkoo Lee, Installation, Korean Eye, Mioon, Neolook, sculpture, Seoul, South Korea, video | No Comments »
Image of Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show (source)
Article on Art Radar: nudity to challenge state corruption in China, an interview with Kimsooja (who represents South Korea in the Venice Biennale this year), an interview with Afghanistan’s first female street artist, and finally, I was thrilled to see an article on Young Sun Han! Hang grew up outside of Chicago (and has since lived all over the world). I had the pleasure of meeting him last year. Some of his work addresses his North Korean heritage.
Last spring I had the privilege of seeing Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show at the MCA in Chicago. The experience was shocking, liberating, energizing, and hands down the most intelligent and provoking work I’ve seen on a stage. I also saw a talk with Lee before the performance and met her briefly afterwards, she was humble, intelligent, and gracious. This week I was thrilled to see a piece about her “We’re Gonna Die” on the New York Times. Here’s a clip about it on NYT (I love that the next clip is about Avenue Q) and Lee’s Viemo stream.
I always enjoy immersive art via DesignBoom.
Have you heard of the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania? The name of the museum doesn’t revel the content of the collection: sex and death. Here’s an article about it from the New Yorker.
Doosan Gallery in Seoul just opened the exhibition The Next Generation. Someone go take a peak for me!
Five films for those who are involved in the arts via Art Radar. I show Un chien Andalou to my students the second day of class!
Hazel Dooney on the gallery system.
Some portraits on DesignBoom: Kim Jong Il framed in pink, colorful x-rays, and lego heads.
A little bit of nepotism, my sister just moved to England and started a new blog to document the experience with her stunning photography and marvelous writing. She used to write here.
Posted: August 11th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body, Sunday Morning Coffee, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: A Friend of the Family, Afghanistan, Art Radar, Art Radar Asia, Australia, Avenue Q, body, Chicago, China, Design Boom, DesignBoom, dictator, Doosan Gallery, England, film, full frontal, gallery system, Gao Brothers, Hazel Dooney, Italy, Kim Jong Il, Kimsooja, Korea, Korean, M. Hunter K., MCA, MCA Chicago, molly korroch, MONA, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Old and New Art, naked, nepotism, New York Times, New Yorker, North Korea, nudity, NY Times, NYT, Seoul, sister, South Korea, South Korean, street art, Tasmania, The Nowhere Years, Un Chien Andalou, Untitled Feminist Show, Venice Biennale, Vimeo, We're Gonna Die, Young Jean Lee, Young Sun Han | No Comments »