Sunday Morning Coffee [Must See Art in South Korea this September]

Lee Bul, Bells From the Deep, 2014 in Beyond and Between at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

The exhibition featuring the artists who received the 2014 Korea Artist Prize is now on display through 9 November. Chang Jia (장지아), Noh Suntag (노순택), Kim Shinil (김싱닐), and Koo Donghee (고동회) were selected for the prize. I had the honor of visiting Chang Jia in New York this March and got to see her new work in progress. Here’s a film about all of the artists. Around 18:50 might be of particular interest to my family and friends.

The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (삼성미술관) in Seoul is having a tenth anniversary exhibition, Beyond and Between, featuring many well known artists from Asia and elsewhere including Ai Weiwei, Lee Ufan (이우환), Kimsooja, Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and others. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage communication with people (e-flux). The online galleries for the exhibition are divided into three parts: Beyond Time, Beyond Space, and Between Art and People. It is open until December 19, 2014.

Mediacity Seoul (미디어시티서울) 2014 began this week. This year’s theme is Ghosts, Spies, and Grandmothers. It runs  through Novemeber 23. You can keep an eye on different events via their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Doosan Gallery Seoul (두산) presents Minae Kim’s (김민애) Black, Pink Balls (검은, 분홍 공) until October 4. Kim is Doosan’s artist of the year. “In this exhibition, the artist seeks to examine the contradiction that arises when one ceaselessly aspires to deviate from and overturn the established order, but can ultimately do nothing but move around inside this order. Within this deliberative process, she seeks to create new meaning.”

The Busan Biennale (부산비엔날레) theme this year is Inhabiting the World (세상 속에 거주하기). “Inhabiting the world is an active attitude, a sign of vitality, the will to act upon the world and change it, and this energy, this fluidity, characterizes the city of Busan.” The Biennale opens on 20 September. For a list of participating artists, see e-flux.

The Gwangju Biennale (광주비엔날레) opened last week and runs through November 9. This year’s theme is Burning Down the House (터전을 불태우라). The Biennale website gives a brief chronological review of the themes from the past starting with the first Biennale in 1995, Beyond the Borders. I will be revisiting this Biennale in the coming weeks with an article about some controversy this year.

Another iteration of the REAL DMZ PROJECT (리얼디엠지프로젝트) began at the end of last month and will run through 27 September. So far the website for 2014 is quite sparse but it does include basic information about the project such as participating artists. If you’re curious to see more, you can look at the archives from 2012 and 2013.

New York Times did an interview with MOMA curator and Korean native, Doryun Chong, about how to approach viewing art in Seoul. He discusses rapidly changing history, the new National Museum of Contemporary Art, and weighs in on preservation.

For general viewing of art in Seoul, South Korea, see the article I wrote for Art Radar Asia last fall.

Posted: September 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

“Cruel and beautiful…”

Chang Jia’s Sitting Young Girl from 2009 via Doosan Gallery

This Friday, March 7, Doosan Gallery in New York will open a solo exhibition of Chang Jia’s work. Chang is currently participating in the Doosan Gallery residency program. The exhibition will be up March 7 – April 3. Among the work to be exhibited, Standing Up Peeing (2006) will be shown. I wrote an article about those work for Modern Art Asia last summer.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Body | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on “Cruel and beautiful…”

“Trickle, Splash, Shoot” published with Modern Art Asia

Modern Art Asia’s Issue 14, Standing, Sitting, Crooked, features the extended version of my piece on Chang Jia’s photographs Standing Up Peeing. The introduction to the issue states, “The issue opens with Kate Korroch’s analysis of Chang Jia’s Standing up Peeing series. Chang Jia, a South Korean photographer, documents the feelings of compromise, jubilation or rebellion women experience in the act of pissing, upright, under the camera’s gaze.”

Posted: July 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Body | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on “Trickle, Splash, Shoot” published with Modern Art Asia

Korean Artist Project + Chang Jia

As many of you know, I am currently in East Asia preparing to present at the International Convention of Asia Scholars. Yesterday I left Seoul where I spent time reconnecting with artists and art spaces and discovering new work. One of my first meetings was with Chang Jia on whom I’m presenting next week. We met in 2011 and since then have stayed in touch. In my preparation for our meeting I found a video of Chang  produced by the Korean Artist Project discussing her work. It is five minutes and gives a nice overview of the aims in her work.

Posted: June 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Body | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Korean Artist Project + Chang Jia

(In)Appropriated Bodies Conference at Cornell University

Next weekend I will present “Trickle, Splash, Shoot: Chang Jia’s Standing Up Peeing” at Cornell University’s (In)appropriated Bodies Conference. Amelia Jones is the keynote speaker. I am on the pannel (In)Appropriated Female Bodies from 9:00–10:30 AM on November 17th moderated by  Claudia Lazzaro. The conference is being held at the A.D. White House on campus. Contact me if you’d like more details!

Posted: November 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on (In)Appropriated Bodies Conference at Cornell University

Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies Symposium

Chang Jia, Standing up Peeing 3, archival inkjet print, 2006, image via Walsh Gallery

The Art Institute of Chicago, Ryan Education Center, Studio A, 159 E. Monroe Street                                             Thursday, April 19, 3:00-7:00 PM

Space & Place 3:00-4:15, Memory & History 4:30-5:45, Identity & Body 6:00-7:00.

The graduating student in the MA in Visual and Critical Studies program share their thesis work in a symposium. Please join us for lively presentation of interdisciplinary work and a dynamic conversation.

I will be presenting an excerpt of my chapter on Chang Jia’s photography series Standing Up Peeing which will be in the Identity & Body group from 6:00-7:00.

There will be cookies and coffee!

Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies Symposium