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Once again one of the featured craftsmen at the Korea Craft and Design Foundation stall at Collect 2015 was lacquerware artist Chung Haecho, who on his first appearance in 2013 had work collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum, and whose work greeted you first as you approached the stall. But this year it was […]

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Korean crafts at Collect 2015

by Philip Gowman 5 May 2015
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For the third successive year, the Korea Craft and Design Foundation will be hosting the work of several artisans on its stall at Collect. Gallery LVS, who have been at Collect for at least as long as KCDF, will also be there. On the top floor of the gallery, Korean artisans and designers Soojin Kang […]

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Hangjun Lee & Chulki Hong, Will Guthrie at Cafe Oto

by Philip Gowman 1 May 2015
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It’s a shame that this evening’s performance at an alternative music venue, supported by the KCC, clashes with a Korean rock showcase at the KCC. Hangjun Lee & Chulki Hong, Will Guthrie Tuesday 19 May 2015, 8pm Cafe OTO | 18–22 Ashwin street | Dalston | London E8 3DL | www.cafeoto.co.uk £8 | £6 ADVANCE […]

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Bedrooms of the Remembered

by Philip Gowman 15 April 2015
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Photographer Kim Hong-Ji has put together a moving portfolio of pictures in memory of the Sewol victims. He has been in touch with relatives of some of the students, visiting their homes and taking pictures of the bedrooms of those who died in the disaster. Available on the BBC and Reuters websites.

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Korean ceramic artists at Ceramic Art London 2015

by Philip Gowman 13 April 2015
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The Craft Potters Association is holding Ceramic Arts London 2015 at the Royal College of Art from Friday 17 – Sunday 19 April 2015. Ceramic Art London 2015 provides a unique showcase for contemporary studio ceramics featuring work from leading national and international makers. There are six Korean ceramists exhibiting their work, and there will […]

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Making, dyeing and using traditional Korean paper – a rewarding day of workshops at the V+A

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2015
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A fascinating pair of workshops at the V&A on Saturday introduced an audience of conservators to the making and dyeing of traditional Korean paper, and of some of its modern uses. The workshops were presented as part of the Adapt & Evolve Conference 2015 organised by the Book & Paper Group of the Institute of […]

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Kim Chang-kyum joins group show at Hall Place & Gardens

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2015
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Bexley Heritage Trust seems to be acquiring a taste for Korean contemporary art. Last year they included Lee Hyunkoo’s work in a group show at Hall Place & Gardens, and Shin Meekyoung’s work in an exhibition at nearby Danson House. This year, Kim Chang-kyum’s work Water Shadow Four Seasons will feature in a water-themed group […]

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Is it Really Korea? a photographic exhibition at Connect

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2015
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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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Hangjun Lee: Nebula Rising, at Christine Park Gallery

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2015
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Christine Park Gallery has been open for a while, but this is the first time they have featured a Korean artist. Hangjun Lee: Nebula Rising Accumulation & Permeation A dual screen 16mm projection and accompanying film-related materials. Christine Park Gallery | 35 Riding House Street | London W1W 7EA | www.christinepark.net 6 March – 11 […]

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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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