In LKL’s brief sojourn in Venice, it was not possible to get around all the Korean participants in various group shows, but for the record, they were:
1: Lim Won-ju in Detournement Venise 2009. No images available.
2: Hye Rim Lee in Glass Stress. Here is a video of the work Crystal City Spun, from Lee’s vimeo channel (NSFW):
The following still is sourced from the Starkwhite blog
3: Kim Minjung in “Sant’ Elena: Seduction into the Sign” – a show based on the dialogue between the installation of Richard Nonas and the works of five women artists:
Photo Credit: Dalbera
4: Finally, Koo Jeong-a had two installations, one in the main Giardini and one in the Arsenale. The Giardini installation, entitled A Reality Upgrade & End Alone (2009) involved 3,000 rhinestones embedded in a lawn. The catalogue promised that her installation was “imperceptible”, and thus it proved. The rhinestones were unfortunately completely invisible even if you knew what you were looking for – maybe by the time I visited either the tourists had pocketed them all as souvenirs or they had just been trampled into the mud. Or maybe they were hidden under the autumn leaves. I emailed Koo’s gallery after I visited the Biennale, and they confirmed that the rhinestones were still there, in the soil, somewhere.
Koo’s installation in the Arsenale, Fantasissima & Fantasissimus (2009), was easier to find. A sculpture that looked like a tree that was about to turn into one of Tolkein’s Ents.