I was sorry to have missed the opening of the current exhibition by Oh Man-chul at Han Collection. I made up for it by spending some time at the gallery a couple of days later. Park Jinsu kindly provided a photo of Master Oh’s opening performance, a painting on a 2 metre square canvas executed in about 15 minutes, accompanied by the daegeum of Kim Hyelim.
Two days later, he was performing outside the gallery on the Saturday afternoon:
Oh Man-chul studied oriental painting at Hongik university before going on to study ceramics. The works on show at Han Collection (till 21 October) bring together his two skills. The flat sheets of porcelain are decorated before being fired. The collection on the walls depicts the traditional Joseon dynasty moon jar, while in the window are displayed two moon jars of Master Oh’s creation. The paintings have a delicacy and sense of serenity which belies the temperatures they have had to endure.
Highly recommended that you pay a visit.
Oh Man Chul’s How brilliant is the love of clay and fire is at Han Collection, 33 Museum Street, WC1A 1LH until 21 October.