Korean Landscape, Photographs by Sungseok AHN

Image Via Design Boom

South Korea is a country known for how quickly it went from being one of the poorest to one of the richest countries on the globe. This quick transition is captured in many ways. In this case, Sungseok AHN demonstrates Korea’s landscape in layered photographs of the past and present. To see how the artworks were displayed visit the artist’s website.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Body Update: Bending

Images by Bill Durgin via DesignBoom

Virtual gender swap via DesignBoom. This is an interesting concept but I don’t see why it has to be specific to gender. Size? Race? Health? Also, gender is not necessarily a binary thing as it seems to be presented here.

Speaking of gender, Facebook has some interesting news.

People are making the internet a better place! (Don’t tell my student’s I endorsed something Wikipedia related! ūüėČ )

A friend shared Ren Hang’s photography with me a few weeks ago because of my work on Chang Jia’s¬†Standing Up Peeing.¬†

Posted: February 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Body, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Body Update: Bending

Cosmetic Transformation in Real-time

Read the article on DesignBoom.

Posted: January 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Lifestyle | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Cosmetic Transformation in Real-time

Toodles 2013

Eliza Bennett via DesignBoom’s Top 10 Body Art from 2013

Below is a list of some of my favorite end of the year lists from around the web. Enjoy!

Kimchi Queen’s Year in Review including President Park Geun-hye’s views on homosexuality, a piece linked on the Korea Times, and a link in which it is stated that young Koreans are less homophobic than xeonophobic.

According to Artsy, these are the artists to watch in 2014. Chicago’s Theaster Gates is on the list.

DesignBoom always does a series of top ten’s from the year. Here are my favorites from 2013: Top 10 Art Exhibitions (including Do Ho Suh’s three-story installation at the new MMCA in Seoul), Top 10 Cultural Institutions, and, my favorite, Top 10 Body Art.¬†

New York Times solicited readers for stories about loved ones who passed away in 2013. The stories are beautiful, haunting, and comforting.

Cheers to you! May 2014 be full of wonderful surprises, inspiration, and love!

Posted: January 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Lifestyle | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Toodles 2013

Sunday Morning Coffee [Skin]

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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: | Filed under: Body, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sunday Morning Coffee [Skin]

Sunday Morning Coffee [Biggby’s with Bob]

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: | Filed under: Body, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sunday Morning Coffee [Biggby’s with Bob]

Big Busts for Winter

via DesignBoom

Jos√© Lerma and H√©ctor Madera‘s¬†bright and oversized busts are currently at Saatchi Gallery in London but will move to the MCA in Chicago this December. Also check out some of Madera’s portraits¬†on his website.

Posted: August 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Big Busts for Winter

Sunday Morning Coffee [Things I’ve been meaning to read/write about]

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: | Filed under: Art Review, Body, Sunday Morning Coffee, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sunday Morning Coffee [Things I’ve been meaning to read/write about]

Chicago, where’s the heat?

A la Plage, a la Piscine: Aerial Beach Photographs by Gray Malin via DesignBoom

It’s June and Chicago is demurely hovering around 65 ¬†F (18 C) at best. Consider this post my plea to the city to bring us some heat! I want hot. I want sweaty. I want¬†grueling. Bring it! (Or I could just hop on a plane and head to the beach in France¬†pictured¬†above.) Check out the post on DesignBoom to see aerial views of beaches in ¬†Portugal, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and the USA.

Posted: June 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Purposeful Piling

via Design Boom

Images taken by David Oliete of the Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

Posted: April 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Body, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Purposeful Piling