Hyun Jeung: Jardins Croisés, at Mokspace from 17 April

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2014
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Hyun Jeung’s exhibition of lovely woodblock prints at Mokspace in 2012 still lingers in the memory. So I’ll be sure to call in at her new solo show: Hyun Jeung: Jardins Croisés 18th April – 7th May 2014 Opening night: Thursday 17th April 6.00 – 8.00 pm Mokspace | 33 Museum Street| Bloomsbury | London […]

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The Art of Printing: Korea’s Evolving Printing Types

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2014
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Organised to coincide with the London Book Fair, this exhibition at the KCC is curated by the Korean Publishers Association: The Art of Printing: Korea’s Evolving Printing Types Exhibition Dates: 07 April 2014 – 14 June 2014 Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK The World’s Oldest Wooden and Metal Printing Technologies – Korea’s Printing Culture presented […]

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Exhibition visit: Kim Jihee — Between the Lines, at cueB Gallery

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2014
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In quick succession, London has had three exhibitions by Korean artists who use books as a medium. All three artists destroy the book: Kwon Jukhee shreds the pages into tiny strips to transform the books into sculptures in which the paper cascades like a waterfall; Chun Kwang-young tears pages out of the books and uses […]

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10 things to read before the London Book Fair

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2014
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The London Book Fair is nearly upon us, and as you well know: the more you put in to something, the more you get out. So here is your preparatory reading (and listening) list: The April edition of Words without Borders: a Korea special, including works by Shin Kyung-sook, Kim Young-ha and Han Kang (all […]

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Exhibition visit: Tak Ki-young — Loyalty, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2014
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Tak Ki-young is Senior Director of Photography at the Hankyoreh newspaper. He lives in Northeast Seoul near Mount Cho An (초안산), where there is the site of graves of Joseon dynasty court officials. The site is now overgrown, and nestling amidst the woodland are solitary statues which acted as sentinels for the tombs. Tak is […]

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April events

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2014
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Books and Literature In case you hadn’t noticed already, this is the month of the London Book Fair (8 – 10 April), in which Korea is the market focus. A complete chronological list of talks and other events related to the fair can be found in LKL’s special LBF events page. Outside of London, there […]

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Exhibition visit: Leonard Johansson — Confessions of an Opium Eater, at Hanmi Gallery

by Philip Gowman 31 March 2014
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Hanmi Gallery’s latest exhibition – on for a month, which is twice as long as most of their previous shows – features Leonard Johansson, who is based is London and of Swedish and Korean parents. Johansson takes his inspiration from Thomas De Quincey’s account of his quest for heightened experiences through substance abuse. In the […]

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Park Seungmo – solo show at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2014
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A new direction for Park Seungmo: very different work in a solo exhibition at HADA Contemporary. Park Seungmo: Solo exhibition 3 – 27 APRIL 2014 HADA Contemporary | 21 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DG | www.hadacontemporary.com Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 6pm | Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm HADA Contemporary is pleased […]

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Book review: Lee Ki-ho — At Least we can Apologize

by Philip Gowman 27 March 2014
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Lee Ki-ho: At Least We Can Apologize Translated by Christopher J Dykas Dalkey Archive, 2013, 185pp Originally published as 사과는 잘해요, 2009 What do you do to make money when you have a limited set of skills? In this dark comedy the two central characters, who find themselves unexpectedly set free from a mysterious mental […]

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Between the lines — Work by Jihee Kim, at cueB Gallery

by Philip Gowman 26 March 2014
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Following on from Jihee Kim’s solo show in St Pancras’s crypt last summer, she now has a solo show down in Brockley, SE4, a quick train ride from London Bridge, opening this Friday. Between the lines — Work by Jihee Kim An exhibition curated by Franco la Russa 28th March – 27th April 2014 Private […]

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Exhibition visit: Ha Young Kim’s Modern Soup at 43 Inverness Street

by Philip Gowman 25 March 2014
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The first exhibition of 2014 at 43 Inverness Street drew to a close last weekend: their second solo show by Ha Young Kim. Gallery director Suzie Lee talks about the work and its reception in the below video: The opening of the exhibition was a festive affair, with daegeum player Hyelim Kim performing behind Ha […]

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Leonard Johansson: Confessions of an Opium Eater — at Hanmi Gallery

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2014
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Hanmi Gallery’s 33rd interim exhibition is by Swedish-Korean artist Leonard Johansson. Leonard Johansson: Confessions of an Opium Eater 28 March – 27 April 2014, Every day 12-7pm Preview: Thursday 27 March Hanmi Gallery | 30 Maple Street | London | W1T 6HA | www.hanmigallery.co.uk Hanmi Gallery is pleased to present Confessions of an Opium Eater, […]

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Book review: Jungu Yoon — Spirituality in Contemporary Art

by Philip Gowman 22 March 2014
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Jungu Yoon: Spirituality in Contemporary Art — The Idea of the Numinous Zidane Press 2010, 160pp For a westerner struggling to understand some of the spiritual or mystical elements in both traditional and contemporary Asian art there is a huge barrier in that Taoism and other Eastern philosophies are not something that we have lived […]

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Ki Hyoung Tak: Loyalty, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 20 March 2014
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Notice of the next exhibition at Mokspace, from 27 March, featuring the Senior Director of Photography at the Hankyoreh newspaper. The excellent ceramics exhibition by Sun Ae Kim finishes this Saturday, 22 March. Ki Hyoung Tak: Loyalty 27th March – 12th April 2014 Opening night: Wednesday 26th March 6.00 – 8.00 pm Mokspace | 33 […]

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Book review: Mark James Russell — K-POP Now!

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2014
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Mark James Russell: K-POP Now! – The Korean music revolution Tuttle Publishing, 2014, 128pp If the only thing you know about K-pop is Gangnam Style, this book is for you. And even for someone who knows a bit about the subject, this is a handy book to browse. For me, as an occasional lurker and […]

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CORD – CELL – CUBE: Bongsu Park at rosenfeld porcini

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2014
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Something I just spotted via Facebook: a new collaboration by Park Bongsu. Those who went to her solo show in Mokspace will remember some video work involving a pair of dancers. This is an opportunity to see a new work live, with three dancers. Booking is essential: CORD – CELL – CUBE by Bongsu Park […]

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Book review: The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2014
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Si King and Dave Myers: The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure BBC / Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014, 319 pp There are plenty of Asian cookery books out there, but I can’t think of a western recipe book that focuses on Korean cuisine. The Korean cookery books that are in my own library are written by Koreans. […]

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