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Shin Meekyoung’s 2013

We haven’t done proper write-ups of all Shin Meekyoung’s exhibitions this year – she’s simply been too busy, like us. To make up for this omission, here is a round-up of photographs of some of her installations. All photos are by LKL except where stated – we got to see her work in Seoul, Venice and of course London.

Written in Soap @ MOCA Taipei, 13 Dec 2013 – 30 Nov 2014

Exhibition notice – a third installation of her Duke of Cumberland (the others being in Cavendish Square, London, at MMCA Gwacheon, Korea).

photo - MOCA Taipei
photo – MOCA Taipei

Asian Art Biennial @ MOCA Taipei, 5 Oct 2013 – 5 Jan 2014

Exhibition notice – focusing on her Ghost Series and Toilet Project

Ghost Series. 2010 Soap, varnish (26 pieces)
Ghost Series. 2010. Soap, varnish (26 pieces) Installation view at 2013 Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan (photo – Asian Art Biennial)

Unfixed: a solo exhibition @KCCUK, 12 Nov 2013 – 18 Jan 2014

Exhibition notice – a comprehensive retrospective in four sections: Toilet Project | Translation – Vase series | Translation – Pensive Maitreya Boddhisatva | Translation – Ghost Series.

Toilet Project, 2004 – ongoing.

Soap, fragrance. Dimensions variable.

Translation – Vase Series, 2000 – ongoing.

Soap, pigment, varnish, mirrored stainless steel plates, wooden crates. Dimensions variable.

Translation – Pensive Maitreya Boddhisatva, 2004/2013.

Soap. 97 x 58 x 41 cm

Translation – Ghost Series, 2007 – ongoing.

Soap, varnish. Dimensions variable.

Archetype: Solo show @ Sumarria Lunn, 26 Sep – 8 Nov 2013

Exhibition notice – showcasing her new work in black

Korea Artist Prize 2013 @ MMCA Gwacheon, 23 Jul – 20 Oct 2013

Exhibition notice – a detailed retrospective / an “Epic Archive”.

Glasstress / Venice Biennale Collateral event

A huge group show in two locations. Shin’s soap vase is displayed alongside a glass vase. Can you tell which is which?

Bright spotlight in an otherwise darkened room, and a point & press camera. Not the best recipe for a good photograph. From recollection, the soap vase is on the left – strangely, much more translucent than the glass vase.

Glasstress part 2

A much smaller selection in the Wallace Collection, Manchester Square.

The selection included a work by Korean American artist Michael Joo (the shield-like work on the wall).

Plinth Project @ Cavendish Square, July 2012 –

Project notice – the first of Shin’s Dukes of Cumberland is now 18 months old. Here’s what it looked like at 12 months:

Shin Meekyoung's Plinth Project in July 2013
Shin Meekyoung’s Plinth Project in July 2013

I’m sure I’ll find some more images to post if I delve into my archives a bit more thoroughly…

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