Exhibition visit: Shin Meekyoung – Translation

Shin Meekyoung’s current exhibition at the Haunch of Venison must be the largest space yet occupied by a Korean in a London show.

Meekyoung Shin - Translation

The show is a wide ranging survey of her recent work. Her medium is soap, and her sculptures are often in western classical style. She has exhibited her Roman and Greek style sculptures in the British Museum, while her ancient Chinese and Korean pots featured in the Asia House group show, Through the Looking Glass.

Meekyoung Shin: Soap Buddha

In one darkened room the atmosphere was reverent. Sitting at the far end under a dim spotlight was a golden buddha, displayed like one of Korea’s designated national treasuers in the National Museum.

Meekyoung Shin Toilet Project

Also entertaining were exhibits from Shin’s Toilet Project, in which buddhas sculpted out of soap were left in public toilets for a week or two and then collected up in their eroded form.

Meekyoung Shin Ghost Series

The most impressive room in terms of scale was the huge space full of translucent vases – 200 of them in an installation called Ghost Series.

Shin Meekyoung’s show continues at the Haunch of Venison, behind the Royal Academy, until 2 April 2011.

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