1:44 | 19/08/2012 | 17

Dissonance, suspense grip summer art exhibits

Artspectrum 2012 at leeum, samsung museum of artthe exhibition, which started in 2001 and has now reached its fourth edition, intends to be a showcase for diverse.

August is a slow month for serious art enthusiasts. Many ongoing exhibitions are targeting students enjoying their brief summer vacations, and major events including the Gwangju and Busan Biennales are all scheduled to begin in September.

Yet there are still some shows luring in those who want a deeper understanding of contemporary Korean art. Here are three that focus on local artists who are neither too famous nor obscure and deserve more attention in the art scene.

Dissonance, suspense grip summer art exhibits

Choi KI-chang’s video installation “Eye Contact” is part of the “Artspectrum” exhibition at the Leeum.

Artspectrum 2012 at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

The exhibition, which started in 2001 and has now reached its fourth edition, intends to be a showcase for diverse artists with potential, the museum said. This year’s show features eight artists.

Among the exhibits, Choi Ki-chang’s video installation “Eye Contact” (2012) is especially notable and will make viewers feel intense suspense. His work consists of two huge screens facing each other, each showing the image of a person leaning forward, trying not to blink.

When the person blinks, the screen converts to the image of another person. As the two screens face each other, viewers get the impression that the two in the screens are in the middle of a staring contest. But something else is actually taking place.

“Choi’s work highlights a world composed of irrational coincidences”, said Koo Kyung-hwa, curator of the exhibition. “By calling attention to this incomprehensible world, the artist heightens an awareness of our existence determined by chance”.

The exhibition also includes Bae Chan-hyo’s staged photography, in which he directs and appears as a heroine of Western fairy tales such as Cinderella or a female historical figure like Anne Boleyn. He appears in heavy makeup and antique costumes he has borrowed from museums in Britain, where he is based.

“The awkward dissonance between the persona he plays and his male physique makes us reconsider Western visual cultures, which we have accepted as a natural course”, Koo said.

The other artists participating in the exhibition are Kim A-young, Kim Ji -eun, Oak Jungho, Jang Bo-yun, Jun So-jung and Han Kyung-woo. All the artists happen to be in their 30s, the museum said.

The show runs through Sept. 16. Admission is 6,000 won ($5.21) for adults. The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Monday. Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 1, and walk for five minutes. For details, call (02) 2014-6900 or visit www.leeum.org

Dissonance, suspense grip summer art exhibits

A work on display as part of the “Mass Production” project by Jackson Hong. Hong and two other artists are holding an exhibition at Atelier Hermes as the candidates of the luxury brand’s annual art award.

Hermes Foundation Missulsang 2012 at Atelier Hermes

The French luxury brand Hermes is well known not only for its expensive bags, but also for its support of fine art in Seoul. Hermes Korea has been granting Missulsang, the Korean word which literally means an art award, every year since 2000.

It selects three candidates, supports them to create new works for a group exhibition and, after reviewing the show, selects one as the final winner who will get a 20 million won prize.

This year, Koo Dong-hee, Jackson Hong and Lee Mi-kyung have been nominated and are holding an exhibition at Atelier Hermes. The winner will be announced on Sept. 12.

Koo, 38, is presenting “Helter Skelter”, an installation project inspired by the Beatles song of the same title and by Charles Manson, a notorious American criminal.

Hong, 42, shows “Mass Production”, a group of familiar objects such as eggs and their cartons that he made 1.5 times as large as their original sizes. “The 1.5 times larger size is in between a real object’s size and the size of a monument”, Hong explained. “With recreations of such sizes, I talk about – rather than to commemorate – the past 20th-century periods of mass production”.

And 46-year-old Lee’s “Fence” provides some twists for viewers. The 1.8-meter-high (5.9-foot-high) white fences lure viewers to step on the nearby stools and look over the fence inside, but there is nothing. The fence and the overturning of the expectations themselves are her artwork.

The show runs to Sept. 25. Admission is free. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Wednesday. Go to Apgujeong Station, line No. 3 and walk for 15 minutes. For more information, call (02) 544-7722.

Dissonance, suspense grip summer art exhibits

Choi Xooang’s sculptures, which depict forms of one-way communication that cause anxiety, are part of the “Playground” show at Arko Art Center, which focuses on anxiety in Korea. Provided by the gallery
Playground at Arko Art Center

The exhibition focuses on the theme of anxiety in Korea. “Though Korean society seems stable and peaceful from the outside, multiple signs of anxiety are starting to surface from the inside”, the museum said in a release.

The exhibition features works in various genres by nine artists. But their works share a common point – the direct or indirect expression of anxiety.

The exhibition continues to Sept. 28. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Go to Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2. For details, call (02) 02-760-4850 or visit www.arkoartcenter.or.kr.

By Moon So-young

DON'T MISS

Yoo Ah In Gets a Minor Injury While Filming “Sado”

Yoo Ah In Gets a Minor Injury While Filming “Sado”

“we only headed to the hospital to ensure the part that was hurt (in case it was worse than it looks). He wasn’t able to look around the surroundings when he hit his.
[Video] Trailer released for the Korean movie “Welcome”

[Video] Trailer released for the Korean movie “Welcome”

Trailer released for the upcoming korean movie "welcome""welcome" (2014)directed by lee dong samwith shim hye jin, jeon no min, kwon jae won, lee joo sil, minji, yoon hee.
KARA confirms comeback date to be on August 18th with the second teaserr image

KARA confirms comeback date to be on August 18th with the second teaserr image

Since it"s the first time they will promote with the new member youngji after the departure of nicole and jiyoung so many people are paying extra attention to them. The.
Lim Kim to feature in High4″s upcoming MV “A Little Close”

Lim Kim to feature in High4″s upcoming MV “A Little Close”

A teaser video for "a little close" was unveiled today on july 25th which showed high4 were mesmerized by lim kim"s beauty and they tried to win over her heart by giving.
[Video] Official trailer released for the Korean movie “The King of Jokgu”

[Video] Official trailer released for the Korean movie “The King of Jokgu”

The movie is a cheerful comedy with cartoon like characters, but also remarkable for its satire. No response from the school chancellor on the issue simply stokes his passion.
INFINITE’s Hoya Talks About Troubled Relationship with His Father

INFINITE’s Hoya Talks About Troubled Relationship with His Father

”during the filming, hoya revealed that he has a troubled relationship with his father. However, even with a sour relationship with his father, hoya proved to be a filial.
[Video] Trailer released for the Korean animated movie “Buckwheat Flower, A Lucky Day and Spring”

[Video] Trailer released for the Korean animated movie “Buckwheat Flower, A Lucky Day and Spring”

The scent is plaintive and even the donkeys walk like they"re walking on air. I had no idea she was growing sideways and not upwards like other people. Synopsiskorea"s leading.
So Ji Sub Successfully Wraps Up Fan Meeting In Japan

So Ji Sub Successfully Wraps Up Fan Meeting In Japan

Actor and rapper so ji sub held a fan meeting in kobe and yokohama, receiving a hot response from the fans. Since 2011 when he had his first fan meeting in japan, he has.
Lee Je-hoon Out of the Military

Lee Je-hoon Out of the Military

Actor Lee Je-hoon finished his mandatory military service on Thursday morning after 21 months of duty at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.He thanked fans for their patience.
Mighty Mouth’s Sangchu to be Released from Military 10 Days Later Than Leeteuk Due to Confinement

Mighty Mouth’s Sangchu to be Released from Military 10 Days Later Than Leeteuk Due to Confinement

”sangchu enlisted in the military on october 30, 2012, the same day of leeteuk’s enlistment. On july 25, a representative for sangchu told mydaily, “sangchu will be.
East Meets West: 10 K-Pop / Foreign Artist Collaborations

East Meets West: 10 K-Pop / Foreign Artist Collaborations

East meets west in these 10 k pop/foreign artist collaborations:1. Akon, "like money" the unlikely pairing of wonder girls and akon takes shape in the electro pop track.
AOA show off their sexy body lines in “GQ” magazine

AOA show off their sexy body lines in “GQ” magazine

In the august issue, members choa, hyejeong, and seolhyun show off their enviable s lines. And commence the wolf whistles! the girls of aoa proved once again to be quite.
B1A4′s Gongchan Has Been Solo since Birth

B1A4′s Gongchan Has Been Solo since Birth

A member from boy group B1A4′s has confessed to being “solo from the womb.”On July 25, Jinyoung, Baro, Sandeul, CNU, and Gongchan appeared on KBS Cool FM’s.
Today”s Photo: July 25, 2014 [1]

Today”s Photo: July 25, 2014 [1]

Visitors shade themselves with a lotus leaf in a wetland in Ulsan on Thursday. /Newsis
[Drama Review] “Triangle” – Episode 24

[Drama Review] “Triangle” – Episode 24

TRIANGLE EPISODE 24 Recap:Jung Hee sees the car bearing down on Young Dal, and he narrowly avoids being hit thanks to her shouted warning. They compare notes and both find.
“Kundo: Age of the Rampant” Hits 1M Viewers in 48 Hours, Sets New Record for Biggest Opening Day Audience

“Kundo: Age of the Rampant” Hits 1M Viewers in 48 Hours, Sets New Record for Biggest Opening Day Audience

According to film distribution company showbox mediaplex, “kundo” has drawn in a total of more than 1,048,174 moviegoers as of july 25. The film has recorded an attendance.
SISTAR Explains Why Hyorin’s Self-Composed Song Wasn’t Included in the New Album

SISTAR Explains Why Hyorin’s Self-Composed Song Wasn’t Included in the New Album

”aside from sistar, other special guests on the same episode of “sketchbook” included henry and jung joon young, who also spoke honestly about pursuing music, while.
Inaugural MPK Night Market to be held today at Barnes Park, Los Angeles

Inaugural MPK Night Market to be held today at Barnes Park, Los Angeles

It will feature over 30 unique food vendors made up of fusion food trucks, street vendors, and other various local establishment including ice cream lab, aunty merry, fluff.
Girl’s Day’s Sojin Reveals Hard Life After Running Away When She Was 20 Years Old

Girl’s Day’s Sojin Reveals Hard Life After Running Away When She Was 20 Years Old

Sojin of girl’s day confessed about running away from home back when she was younger during the filming of the mbc variety show, “quiz to change the world. ”in the.