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Andy McKillop, a person with aphasia, took photographs of his trip to South Korea to make a fascinating exhibition. The exhibition opens at Connect, St Alphege, King’s Bench Street, London SE1 0QZ (020 7367 0845) on Friday 27 March 2015 at 4.00pm till 8.00pm. Drinks and snacks provided. The exhibition continues in April: Wednesday 1 […]

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Exhibition visit: Hur Shan at Gazelli Art House

by Philip Gowman 15 March 2015
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Hur Shan’s first solo show at Gazelli Art House highlights some interesting new directions in his practice. Hur has always been interested in what lies beneath the surface: his architectural installations hack away at concrete pillars or the plasterwork on a wall to reveal treasures embedded in the underlying fabric: an ancient ceramic or a […]

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“Icons of Rhetoric – Reading North Korea through its Images” returns for a second exhibition

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2015
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After a brief exhibition in Dalston last November, Icons of Rhetoric returns to a more central location for a two-week show at the Guardian offices behind Kings Cross: @The Guardian (News and Media Gallery), Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU. Exhibition opens 10am – 6pm every day from Monday March 23rd – Saturday 4th […]

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Exhibition visit: Shin Meekyoung — Painting Series, at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 11 February 2015
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According to the notice advertising the exhibition, Shin Meekyoung’s Painting Series questions the values we ascribe to art works: by using expendable material rather than canvas and oils, and by avoiding the depiction of any discernible subject matter, she aims “to question the authority the painting has enjoyed for centuries.” Shin’s soap paintings are meant […]

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Shin Meekyoung and T.O.P receive Prudential Eye awards

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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London-based South Korean artist Shin Meekyoung won the 2015 Prudential Eye Award in the sculpture category, at a cemerony held in Singapore on 20 January this year. The Prudential Eye Awards were launched in 2014 by the Prudential Eye Programme, a partnership between Parallel Contemporary Art, Saatchi Gallery and Prudential – the collaboration which also […]

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Hur Shan: The Door in the Wall — at Gazelli Art House

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2015
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New work from Hur Shan coming up at Gazelli Art House: Hur Shan: The Door in the Wall Exhibition Dates: 30 January – 22 March 2015 Location: Gazelli Art House | 39 Dover Street | London W1S 4NN | gazelliarthouse.com Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 18:00 | Sat: 11:00 – 19:00 | Sun: by appt […]

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Exhibition visit: Contemporary Korean Silversmithing and Jewellery at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 30 December 2014
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The jewellery and silversmithing exhibition at the KCC is soon coming to an end, to make way for a fashion-related exhibition. Go along before it’s too late… Go along for the wonderful vessels of Kyosun Jung, whose use of silver wire in the decoration make the finished product look like the product of Moorcroft potteries: […]

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Brief exhibition visit: Ham Jin, Somewhere Underneath – at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 22 December 2014
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If you go to the current exhibition at HADA Contemporary, make sure you take a magnifying glass. The grotesque, rather disturbing, sculptures are so tiny that if you’re eyesight isn’t very good they might look like a smudge on the wall. This little fellow, for example, if you were to straighten his hair, would be […]

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Bada Song: This Way & That, at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 11 December 2014
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News of a show by Bada Song this month at Asia House: Bada Song: This Way & That Asia House | 63 New Cavendish St | London W1G 7LP | http://asiahouse.org 16 – 19 December 2014 09.00 – 18.00 Update: exhibition extended till 9 January 2015. Opening reception (registration required) 16 December 18:30 – 20:30 […]

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Suh Do-ho in Gazelli Art House group show

by Philip Gowman 27 November 2014
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An interesting group show at Gazelli Art House which takes us through into the new year contains work by renowned sculptor Suh Do-ho. DOM Exhibition Dates: 28 November 2014 – 17 January 2015 Private View: 27 November 2014 Location: Gazelli Art House | 39 Dover Street | London W1S 4NN | gazelliarthouse.com Gazelli Art House […]

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North Korean artists paint London scenes, on show at the DPRK embassy

by Philip Gowman 7 November 2014
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Seven years ago, artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios came to London with a wide range of works in a variety of genres. There were ceramics, oils, chosonhwa, embroidery, and of course the images that caught everyone’s attention: the propaganda posters. The location was opposite the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall. This week, a different […]

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Contemporary Korean Silversmithing and Jewellery at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 2 November 2014
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I love William Lee’s spectacular silver moon jars and other recreations of Korean ceramics; and I love Misun Won’s silver jewellery. Heeyoung Kim has caught the attention too at the Goldsmiths fair and elsewhere. I spotted some work by Youjin Nam at the RCA degree show this year, and work by Min Yoo at Mokspace. […]

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Icons of Rhetoric – a different approach to documenting North Korea, at Doomed Gallery

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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This month starts with an exhibition of oil paintings by established DPRK artists, to be held in the DPRK Embassy. With serendipitous timing, another exhibition offering a very different perspective, in Dalston, 20-23 November: Icons of Rhetoric Chris Barrett, photographer, and Gianluca Spezza, researcher/writer 20 – 23 November 2014 Doomed Gallery | 65-67 Ridley Road […]

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Exhibition visits: Lee Bul at Ikon Gallery (Birmingham) and the KCC

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2014
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Lee Bul has been having a busy year. A solo show in New York in May / June; two new large-scale installations at MMCA Seoul from the end of September; and at the same time a travelling show in Europe which stopped off at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, with a parallel site-specific commission in the Korean Cultural […]

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DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition, at the DPRK embassy

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2014
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The details of the exhibition of works by artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios have now been released. The exhibition will be at the DPRK Embassy. DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition Hosted by Mansudae Art Studio, DPR Korea & Heather Arts and Exhibits Ltd. sponsored by The Embassy of DPR Korea in London 3rd November – […]

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The London Mansudae exhibition – the Kickstarter project

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2014
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A few weeks ago LKL broke the news of an upcoming exhibition of North Korean art in London later this yeaar. The exhibition is getting closer – and a venue in W1 has been earmarked. You can be part of the event by supporting the Kickstarter project launched by the exhibition organiser, David Heather. Here’s […]

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Exhibition visit: Constancy and Change in Korean Traditional Craft

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
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Nothing prepared you for the sight that greeted you when you entered the room containing the Korean crafts at Tent London. As you were wandering past the various stalls in the main part of the exhibition displaying contemporary crafts from around the world on your way to the “Constancy and Change” room, you might have […]

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