There is a steady stream of Korean art exhibitions at commercial and public galleries, where the work is hung in a sterile, anonymous fashion so that you can focus on the art itself. Now comes something different: art hung in a very private space, where it is nurtured and cared for in a living environment.
Two Korean art lovers who have a house near Kensington High Street will be opening their home to a very private exhibition of established and emerging Korean artists. Something to enjoy.
16 Stafford Terrace
By Iskai Contemporary Art and Kinari Art
’16 Stafford Terrace’ is inspired by its next door neighbour 18 Stafford Terrace, formerly the home of noted illustrator Edward Linley Sambourne, now preserved as a museum.
While the two houses share a similar layout, the interiors clearly reflect the different aesthetics of decoration done more than 100 years apart. The choice of furniture, wall paper, lighting and colours sets the two houses in two very different eras.
A noted cartoonist for Punch, the house was Linley Sambourne’s studio and salon and it became, and remains, a showcase for his talents. As with Linley Sambourne’s home the art on show at 16 Stafford Terrace is completely in tune with it’s time and the exhibition also shares the atmosphere of it’s neighbour, where art is comfortably enjoyed in a relaxed household setting. Unlike a normal art gallery, white and sterile, the focus here is on making the guests feel completely at ease with the art.
The artworks themselves speak for the artists and so no ‘artists statements’ are necessary. The setting is a comfortable, elegant yet hard working family house and the artworks have been carefully selected to be appropriate to their setting and to each room’s function.
Seen by invitation only, as our homes are, what we have is intimate, private and personal.
Je BAAK graduated the Royal College of Art with an MA in Communication Art and has since then been shown in New York, London, Seoul, Wales and Amsterdam. BAAK was awarded one of the most prestigious art awards, Joongang Fine Art Prize.
Jungpyo HONG has an MFA and MA from Korea’s Hong-ik University and was also resident artist for Cite, Paris. With two solo shows to his name he is a much sought-after artist and recipient of the Joongang Fine Art Prize.
Hayoung KIM graduated the Royal Academy in London in 2011 after entering the RA under 1:800 competition rate. She was the first winner of the RA Jerwood Prize and her works are collected by the Jerwood Galley in the Hastings collection.
Yongho KIM is a well respected photographer and a creative director whose projects vary from advertising to film. His Doff n Company is the centre for creativity.
Soonhak KWON has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art and his photographs are collected and shown in Paris and London. His recent duo show was at the Albermarle Gallery.
Juju U is currently at Goldsmith College and was shown at Inspace Gallery, Beijing (2009), REDCAT, Los Angeles (2007) and Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2006).
Jiho WON has an MFA in Sculpture from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and was selected for The Open West competition and now shows at Gloucester Cathedral. He was also selected for CUBE Open 2011 in Manchester.
Seoyeoung WON has an MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and has been shown frequently in London. He is shown in various London shows including Hanmi Gallery, London, The A.P.T Gallery and Albermarle Gallery.
Jungu YOON has an Mphil in Fine Art from the University of the Art London (2009) and an MA from the Camberwell College of Art. He award winning publications are titled: Spirituality in Contemporary Art; the idea of the Numinous, Zidane Press, London in 2010 and Art and Philosophy, Edited by Richard Osborne, Zidane Press, London (2008)
Under the banner of Art Connect, Kinari Art organizes distinctive art shows to introduce a selection of artists whose work we know and love to our diverse range of contacts. Art Connect presents great art to a personally invited audience in unique settings around the world. Viewings in beautiful private homes allow you to appreciate the art in a relaxed and personal setting, as it should be shown. Larger events combine different art forms in unusual and exciting venues.
ISKAI Contemporary Art
ISKAI Contemporary Art is a UK based art exhibition-curating company, specialising in showcasing art in unusual and creative settings. ISKAI debuted a London based designer Moritz Waldemeyer in Seoul with a 1 tonne one-off installation for the biggest shopping mall in Korea. In 2012, ISKAI will be curating exhibitions at Berkeley Castle (June-Sept.), the Moscow Biennale for Young Arts (July-Aug) and Liverpool Biennial’s City States (Sept-Nov)
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