In these times of unprecedented global health crisis, art can be a source of relief and precious help to go through such a hard time. This is true even more so when over a hundred artists and art professionals from all over the world come together to join forces and help those in need.
Among the Korean artists who are participating, six UK-based Korean artists — Anna Jung Seo, KCCUK’s Rendered Reality artists Joonhong Min and Shinuk Suh, Boreum Oh, Sin Park and Sunyoung Hwang — joined Choose Art | Give Light to Refugees, an online exhibition come silent art auction showcasing works by 140 artists aimed at raising funds for refugees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All revenue from the sales will be donated to the charity Help Refugees.
The charity online auction lasts for three weeks in the current month of June, from 8 to 29 June 2020. UK-based art professional Sohyun Kim joined the international curatorial team that worked alongside founder Nicky Ginsberg, gallerist and Director of NG Art Creative Residency (France).
Choose Art | Give Light to Refugees is supported by an international honorary committee consisting of international art professionals and curators.
The participating artists have a chance to show their works to an international audience while supporting refugees severely affected by the current globale health crisis.
Anna Jung Seo presents Elephant Lady (2017), oil on paper on board. The artist, as explained in her website, is interested in dislocation, physical and emotional distance, people’s daily lives, emotions, vulnerability of life and literature.
Joonhong Min is showing two framed works from his Urban Camouflage series (2018), previously exhibited at Stone Space gallery in London, 2018. The artist adopts as media his distinctive ink pen and waste material to create pieces that investigate nowadays urban life.
Shinuk Suh presents How real is reality? (2020), an unframed, digital print depicting his reoccurring theme of white, silicon hands mounted on a kinetic sculpture, through which the artist reflects on our current society and the ideologies that pervade it.
Boreum Oh shows oops-the most wherever (2019), gesso on digital prints. In her practice, the artist reflects on easily forgotten moments in time, connected by the layer of gesso applied on the print.
Sin Park presents her piece Sky (2019), acrylic and oil on canvas. As explained by the artist, her approach to painting is guided by her interest in memory and not-knowing.
Sunyoung Hwang is showing The Endless Drizzle (2015), acrylic and oil on canvas. Without preliminary sketches to guide her, the artist’s works are characterised by an intuitive approach to painting.
All artworks are available for bid and accompanied by further details at https://app.galabid.com/chooseart/items. Sharp-eyed readers will see that there are also works from other Korean artists based elsewhere in the world.
You can learn more by checking the artists’ websites and following the artists and organisation on social media via the links below.