Lee Bul’s first UK solo show, at Ikon Gallery

This exhibition should be well worth a day trip to Birmingham. But if you can’t make it, there’s a specially commissioned installation at the KCC in London running alongside the exhibition. Lee Bul 10 September — 9 November 2014 Ikon Gallery | 1 Oozells Square | Brindleyplace | Birmingham | B1 2HS | ikon-gallery.org Tuesday […]

Lee Bul: a special installation at the KCC

From 10 September the main Lee Bul action in the UK can be found in Birmingham at the Ikon Gallery. But to coincide with Ikon gallery’s first UK solo show of Lee Bul, the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be showcasing the visually compelling Diluvium (2014). This work, with its steel frames covered by irregularly […]

Those Norks really are very sensitive…

21 August 2014: “Channel 4 green lights North Korean political thriller Opposite Number.” On a covert mission in North Korea, the world’s most secretive nation, a British nuclear scientist is taken prisoner, triggering an international crisis which itself must be kept secret. Realizing their man could be forced to help North Korea finally weaponize its […]

Hong Seong-dam’s art in the news again

In 2012 his unflattering painting of President-elect Park got the ruling party annoyed; now Hong Seong-nam is in the news again for lampooning Park’s response to the Sewol disaster in an exhibition linked to the Gwangju Biennale. It’s difficult to know precisely what has been going on in Gwangju from the snippets that make it […]

Lee Young-bin: Solo show at Purdy Hicks

Lee Youngbin’s muted works have been quietly shown in group exhibitions at Purdy Hicks over the past couple of years, and have also appeared at art fairs in London represented by both Purdy Hicks and Hakgojae. They don’t shout out at you. But they unobtrusively make their mark on you and stay with you. This […]

Busan will be extinct before Seoul, apparently

The report doesn’t seem to have been translated into English yet, and I can’t find it in Korean on the website of the National Assembly Research Service, but it has certainly provided some eye-catching headlines, the general gist being that “South Koreans will be ‘extinct’ by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation’s […]

Jewyo Rhii: solo show at Wilkinson Gallery

For most of September and October you’ll be able to see the work of Korean artists at two galleries in Vyner Street: HADA Contemporary and Wilkinson Gallery: Jewyo Rhii 7 September – 26 October 2014 Wilkinson Gallery | 50-58 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DQ | 020 8980 2662 | www.wilkinsongallery.com Opening times: Wednesday […]

Book Review: Robert E Buswell, Jr — The Zen Monastic Experience

Robert E Buswell, Jr: The Zen Monastic Experience – Buddhist Practice in Contemporary Korea Princeton University Press, 1992, 259pp A curious tourist visiting one of the popular Korean temples will admire the architecture of the buildings; will poke their nose into the main shrine, nervously wondering whether they’re allowed in and if so what is […]

Jee-Hyun Kwun: Cut Out Details, at Southfields Gallery

News of an exhibition just north of the Toastrack in Southfields: Cut Out Details, by Jee-Hyun Kwun From Monday 18th – Friday 22nd August 2014 at Southfields Gallery 223 Wimbledon Park Road, London SW18 5RH (nearest Tube Station: Southfields – District line) Opening Times: Mon-Fri 11.00am-5.15pm | Sat 10.30am-1.30pm | Closed Wed and Sun www.southfieldsgallery.co.uk

Edinburgh Fringe visit: two Korean monodramas and one Korean American

Korean acts coming to the Fringe have often majored on the non-verbal: percussion, taekwondo, comedy, physical theatre, music and dance. Last year, with Othello – Two Men, we discovered that more traditional theatre, heavy on text, can work well despite the language barrier – provided surtitles are visible. This year the Korean contingent was bolder […]

DJ Joonki’s K-pop mash-up

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the opening event of the Korean Artists Association residency on 12 August, here’s the DJ set from Joonki, via his YouTube channel. He was only alotted 5 minutes, but did pretty well to cover 30 years of K-pop. I’d like to hear something a bit longer […]