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Korean crafts at Collect 2020

Lloyd Choi Gallery
Lloyd Choi Gallery

COLLECT, the International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design is at Somerset House from 27 February – 1 March, 2020. Tickets available here.
Opening times: Thu 27 Feb – 11.00-17.00 | Private View Thu 27 Feb – 18.00-21.00 | Fri 28 Feb – 11.00-18.00 | Sat 29 Feb – 11.00-18.00 | Sun 1 Mar – 11.00-18.00
Location: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

For its 2020 edition Collect has moved from the Saatchi Gallery to Somerset House. No Korea Craft & Design Foundation stall this year, but instead Lloyd Choi, who has worked with KCDF with their previous appearances, now has her own collection of artists to show – she launches her new gallery at Collect. Among the seven artists she is bringing, two are new to the fair: Lee Gee-jo and Choi Bo-ram. Also returning to Collect are Gallery Wannmul and Gallery LVS & Craft, who are joined by London-based Han Collection, representing artists from the ceramic centre of Korea, Icheon City. Work by glass artist Choi Keeryong can be found at Vessel Gallery’s stall. And on the subject of glass, Gallery Sklo makes its first visit to Collect.

Set out below is Lloyd Choi’s full press release, plus the list of artists represented by her, Sklo, Wannmul and LVS, together with selected images. Collect is always an enjoyable event: well worth a visit.

Lloyd Choi Gallery

Ceramics: Choi Bo-ram, Kwak Hye-young, Lee Soo-jong, Park Sung-wook, Yun Ju-cheol, Lee Gee-jo | Textiles: Lee So-ra

Lee So-ra
Ottchil Jogakbo by Lee So-ra (2019). Ramie and natural Korean lacquering, photo by Rei Moon (detail)

Lloyd Choi Gallery (LCG) is thrilled to launch at Collect 2020. Lloyd Choi Gallery is a dedicated platform for contemporary Korean artists, founded by Lloyd Choi, former curator for the Korea Craft and Design Foundation. LCG represents pioneering and established master craft artists alongside the most exciting young talents who are blurring the lines between art, craft and design in South Korea today. The gallery focuses on Korean studio ceramics and believes in the power of art to enlighten, a concept firmly rooted in Korean tradition.

Do-jo: Post Modernist Ceramics in Korea

For Collect 2020, LCG will introduce a ground-breaking South Korean ceramics movement hitherto overlooked by international audiences. Do-jo came to prominence in the 1980’s, merging the fields of ceramics and fine art. In its simplest terms Do-jo describes ‘ceramic sculpture’.

LCG has selected six key artists whose practice reflects the spirit of Do-jo including those who formed part of the original pioneering movement. The presentation will include: a deconstructed Moon Jar by Lee Soo-jong – the proclaimed father of Do-jo and creator of some of the most radical ceramic works from the 1970’s, architectural ceramic sculptures by Lee Gee-jo – an artist who helped to shape the movement, and the international artists Yun Ju-cheol and Park Sung-wook – both of whom work to reinvent traditional craft processes: Yun creates tactile surface with ancient technique and Park creates contemporary pallet from the traditional slipware. New works by young artists, Choi Bo-ram, who works with ceramic sculpture as a three-dimensional canvas for her painting and Kwak Hye-young whose conceptual ceramics document natural elements such as the wind and rain.

Special Display ‘MOON JAR’

The Korean Moon Jar has become a phenomenon within both the ceramics and fine art worlds, sought after in auction houses and galleries and frequently recreated by European artists. LCG will show a striking narrative display of Moon Jars by the Do-jo ceramic artists elucidating the core concept of ‘ceramic sculpture’.

About Lloyd Choi

Lloyd Choi (FRSA) is a curator and published author with over 15 years of experience in the world of art and design. Choi previously led an international award-winning furniture design studio in partnership with her sister Jackie Choi and exhibited in Milan, New York and London. As an independent curator, Choi curates exhibitions at design, cultural and bespoke art events, she has worked with the likes of the British Museum, V&A Museum, the Crafts Council and Gwangju Design Biennale in South Korea to name but a few. Over the past seven years Choi has curated the exhibition stand at Collect on behalf of the Korean governmental organisation the Korea Craft and Design Foundation (KCDF).

Gallery Sklo

Glass: Choi Eun-suh, Kim Joon-yong, Kim Namdoo, Lee Kyou-hong, Park Sung-won | Glass, Ceramics: Shin Sang-ho

Gallery Sklo is the first and only art gallery specialising in contemporary glass sculptures and objects in Korea since 2003, which presents emerging and established local glass artists (such as Sung-Won Park, Joon-Yong Kim, Kyou-Hong Lee, Eun-Suh Choi, Namdoo Kim) and international ones (including Nicole Chesney, Ivana Sramkova).

Gallery Sklo runs on two major philosophies – specialisation and building a solid identity based on unrivalled expertise in glass art. It now strives to take a wider role in helping glass art solidify its standing in the contemporary art scene in Korea and overseas. The gallery has also participated in major domestic and foreign art fairs such as KIAF Art Seoul (Korea), SOFA Chicago (USA), Hong Kong and others.

Kim Joon-yong, Green Leaf, 2012
Kim Joon-yong, Green Leaf, 2012, Blown and cold-worked glass, 29 x 42 x 42cm, Photo Kwang-Choon Park, KC studio

Gallery Wannmul

Ceramics: Yeo Byong-uk | Glass: Kim Su-yeon | Jewellery: Choi Jae-wook | Metal: Lee Seung-hyun, Jung Yu-ri | Textiles: Park Sun-kyeong

Since gallery WANNMUL opened in 2005, it has been committed to presenting the work of the most current and significant Korean contemporary crafts. The gallery has established itself as a leading venue for showing works by talented makers and provided an opportunity for Korean audiences to encounter a combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill.

gallery WANNMUL has an unmatched reputation in Korea for having introduced many of the most acclaimed makers and for supporting the country’s most promising craftspeople.

Gallery LVS & Craft

Ceramics: Yanngu Lee In-hwa, Ji Soon-tak, Kwon Dae-sup, Lee Jeong-won, Lee Kang-hyo, Mun Pyung | Bamboo: Seo Sin-jeong | Fibre: Chang Yeon-soon | Wood: Yang Byung-yong, Kim Chun-sik

Gallery LVS & LVS Craft exhibits and represents modern and contemporary art and craft through active engagement with both local Korean and international scenes. Gallery LVS & LVS Craft was one of the first galleries to represent Korean contemporary craft artists, and organised the first solo exhibitions of prominent artists such as Ernst Gamperl, Jennifer Lee and Bodil Manz in Korea.

Icheon Ceramic by Han Collection

Ceramics: Shin Chul, Kim Deahoon, Kim Deayong, Han Dohyun, Shin Dongbum, Kwak Gyungtae, Kim Heejong, Kim Panki, Park Raeheon, Park Seon-min, Min Seungki, Jeong Sewook, Kim Seyong, Cho Shinhyun, Yi Songam, Ji Suntak.

Han Collection was founded in 2006. It is a London-based art gallery that specialises in traditional and contemporary Korean art. At Collect 2020 it will be showing work by a number of Korean artists, focusing in particular on ceramics and lacquerwork.

With an international curatorial team, Han Collection aims to promote Korean craftsmanship and artistry to a worldwide audience. Its clients range from museums to private collectors who are looking for beautiful and authentic Korean artworks to furnish their homes or work space. Exhibitions and events are held throughout the year at the gallery, which is located near the British Museum.

Han Collection is delighted to be collaborating with Icheon City, designated a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art, which has played a key role in developing modern ceramics and preserving traditional Korean techniques.

Kim Se Yong, Untitled, 2015
Kim Se Yong, Untitled, 2015, Celadon Jar with double openwork design, 20x20cm

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

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