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Meme – at Hanmi Gallery and the London Art Fair

It’s the New Year, so already it’s time to think about the London Art Fair. Once again, Hanmi Gallery is participating, with linked events at the Business Design Centre and in their own Maple Street gallery space:


Artists: Troika, Chang Kyum Kim, Mioon.
Hanmi Gallery London 14-31 January 2015 and at London Art Fair 21-25 January 2015
Hanmi Gallery | 30 Maple Street | London W1T 6HA |
Opening reception at Hanmi Gallery date tbc


Hanmi Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of works by international contemporary artists employing new media and interdisciplinary techniques in their practices. Featuring three international artists and art collectives: Korean video-installation artist Chang Kyum Kim, Korean artist duo Mioon, and London-based art collective Troika, the exhibition Meme takes a cultural term as a curatorial framework to consider themes of memory and its transference of information from culture to culture. The artists and works introduced by Hanmi Gallery will be exhibited in two locations – at stand P9 in the Art Projects section at London Art Fair and Hanmi Gallery London – forming a dual exhibition. This two-part show will feature different works by Chang Kyum Kim, Mioon and Troika in each site, consequently acting as a mirror in their respective locations. The transference of the art from one site to another provides a conceptual and literal interrogation of Meme.

Meme graphic 1

Working predominantly in the field of video art and installations, the subject of Chang Kyum Kim’s work is often concerned with those living in contemporary Korean society. Kim’s work draws on a variety of themes, however the crux of his art has been faithful to the exploration of presenting the fake as real, and illusion as reality. Kim addresses the conceptual exploration of Meme in his Water Shadow Four Seasons 2 (2006 – 07) installation in which, by revealing what appears to be a traditional Asian stone water basin as a piece of sculpted polystyrene, Kim addresses the transience of the traditional meaning within Asia when purported into a differing cultural context.

Similarly, artist duo Mioon, comprised of Kim Min-Seon and Choi Mun-Seon, re-examine traditional Asian imagery within a deeply social setting. To develop and create art, Mioon coordinate their ideas through endless conversation and debate. This interest in interaction and language is extended to their work, which explores subjects concerning society and the communication between people. Mioon’s Statue Number series (2006 – ongoing), reflects the curatorial theme of Meme through its depiction of the back of forgotten public monuments in celebrated locations. As the video progresses it becomes clear that the statues are ‘breathing,’ and thus these statues are re-examined in a deeply social setting. The cross-cultural references and dialogue that characterise Mioon’s work directly probe Meme.

Meme graphic 2

The artworks presented by Troika respond to the exhibition’s theme in a unique way. Troika advocates a cross-disciplinary and experimental approach to art, with a particular interest in perception and spatial experience. They aim to create connections between concepts that are often considered polar opposites, such as solitude and interaction, transition and permanence and the artificial and the natural. The artworks displayed at the dual exhibition invite the viewer to investigate the relationship between these seemingly conflicting ideas, and thus comment on the idea that what we see is merely a facet of reality, a means to better understand society and its connection to the world. A series of Light Drawings and Small Bangs by Troika will be displayed across both locations. The circular patterns of the Light Drawings are an abstract form created by electric currents on paper. Additionally Small Bangs, which is comprised of a series of ink drawings, reflect Meme as they question our understanding of what we perceive as real.

Chang Kyum Kim, Mioon and Troika explore Meme in distinctive methods and approaches. In a post-internet society in which technology mediates and articulates our lifestyles, these artists question and re-negotiate the concept of what actually exists. Infusing genres of video and technology, their works examine the transference of memory across this two-part exhibition.

Changkyum Kim, Water Shadow Four Seasons 2, 2013-2014
Changkyum Kim, Water Shadow Four Seasons 2, 2013-2014. Video installation, 13 min. Image courtesy of the artist and Hanmi Gallery

Chang Kyum Kim (b. 1961, Korea) lives and works in Seoul, South Korea. Kim is one of the first generation of artists to use video projection over sculpture and his artworks have been widely exhibited around the world. His works have been exhibited at the Sabina Museum (Korea) Seoul Museum of Art (Korea) and the Krasnoyarsk Museum Bienniale (Russia). Kim’s work is also included in numerous public collections such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea), Francis J. Greenburger (New York) and Towada Arts Centre (Japan).

Mioon, Statue Number-002 (New York), 2010
Mioon, Statue Number-002 (New York), 2010. 2mins 30s, HD Video. Image courtesy of the artist and Hanmi Gallery

Mioon (b. 1972, Korea) the South Korean duo, Kim Min-Seon and Choi Mun-Seon, have worked together since 2001. Born in Seoul, they attended the Dusseldorf Kunstakademie before returning to the city to live and continue their artistic progression. Mioon have exhibited their work at the National Museum of Art (Korea), Wilhelm Lembruck Museum (Germany) and at the 50th Sydney Film Festival (Australia). Mioon have been awarded numerous prestigious awards including the Song Eun Arts Award (2009), NRW Media Art Prize (2005) and the Gladbeck Computer Art Award (2009).

Troika, Dark Matter, 2014
Troika, Dark Matter, 2014. Wood, aluminium, black flock, 237.5 x 237.5 x 237.5 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Hanmi Gallery

Troika the artist trio consisting of Eva Rucki (b. 1976, Germany), Conny Freyer (b. 1976, Germany) and Sebastien Noel (b. 1977, France) have worked together since 2003. They live and work in London and met whilst studying at the Royal College of Art. Troika have exhibited in numerous international institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), and MoMA (USA) – including a recent solo show at the Daelim Museum (Korea) titled ‘Persistent Illusions’ in 2014 and a solo show at NC-arte (Colombia) in April 2015. Their works have been included in numerous public collections such as The Art Institute of Chicago (USA) and the British Council Collection.

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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