Exhibition reviews and comment

Kim Juree’s latest work, London Terraced House, was unveiled at the opening of the current exhibition, Exhibit A, at Anise gallery in Shad Thames. As for her 2017 participation in the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke, Kim chose a subject relevant to the location of the exhibition: this time a group of typical early Victorian […]

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Exhibition visit: Ceramic Art London at Central St Martins

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2018
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As I was paying a second visit to Nick Bonner’s exhibition at the House of Illustration yesterday I happened almost to trip over a sign pointing to the Ceramic Art London fair, next door at Central St Martins. Needless to say, there were plenty of Koreans exhibiting. This weekend only. Ceramic Art London 23–25 March […]

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Exhibition visit – Collect 2018

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2018
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For the fifth year, the Korean Craft and Design Foundation put on a splendid show at Collect. As in previous years, the stall showcased a range of crafts – from jewellery and lacquer to ceramics and more – with this year the theme being “Meditative Art”. The dramatic ceramic piece entitled Sea by Lee Eun […]

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Lee Ufan’s Relatum – Stage, by the Serpentine

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2018
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“It is our dream come true to work with Lee Ufan in London” enthused Hans Ulrich Obrist at the KCCUK talk which marked the installation of Lee’s Relatum – Stage outside the Serpentine Gallery on 6 February. After Lee’s hugely high-profile project at Versailles in 2014, with such a dramatic backdrop, the siting in a […]

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Exhibition visit: Kim Minjung – The Memory of Process

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2018
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Looking at the image which publicises Kim Minjung’s solo exhibition The Memory of Process at White Cube, you wonder how it is that she came to be branded as a Dansaekhwa artist. The busy, multicoloured concentric circles, like patterns made by raindrops in a psychedelic puddle, are miles away from the austere, minimalist calm that […]

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Made in Korea – the video

by Philip Gowman 28 January 2018
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Kay Aplin of the Ceramic House in Brighton, who masterminded the Korea-UK Made in Korea ceramic collaboration last year, has completed a 20-minute video documentary of the project. Well worth a viewing in full: Please browse Kay’s blog of the whole project including the reciprocal exhibition at the Mullae Art Factory in Seoul. In England, […]

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A Review of London Korean cultural year 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2018
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It feels like it’s been an incredibly busy year, and as I come to write this review I realise that, much more so than in previous years, many of the things that have been memorable I haven’t had time to write about – and maybe won’t. I’ve written separately about the films it was possible […]

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A visit to the British Ceramics Biennial

by Philip Gowman 4 December 2017
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The first work to greet you as you entered the Spode China Works – the primary venue of the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent – is the monumental work created in situ by Lee Kang-hyo. At the opening of the exhibition Lee did one of the performances for which he has become known: the decoration […]

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Gallery: Jewyo Rhii’s The Day 3, Walls and Barbed

by Philip Gowman 3 December 2017
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As described in the exhibition press release, this exhibition is a response to a response: Rhii’s 2013 exhibition “Walls to Talk to” was the subject of a journal by writer Irene Veenstra, and Rhii continues the dialogue in this exhibition. Keywords: Artists: Rhii Jewyo (이주요) Organisations and venues: Amanda Wilkinson Gallery

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Exhibition + Performance: Geumhyung Jeong’s Unperformed Objects + 7Ways (NSFW)

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2017
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It’s not often you go to an art event where, in retrospect, you might have expected an 18+ rating on the door. The only other time I seen a performance as risqué as Geunhyung Jeong’s at an art institution was when I allowed myself to be dragged along to an event at the ICA at […]

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Exhibition visit: Soon-Hak Kwon — everynothing, at Union Gallery

by Philip Gowman 29 October 2017
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The Union Gallery in Teesdale Street is going through a refit at the moment: as well as the exhibition space on the ground floor, a new showroom space is being developed in the basement. Soon-Hak Kwon, a Union regular, specialises in documenting the history of a gallery space by creating ultra-high resolution life-size images of […]

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Gallery: Between Heart and Mind — Kang Soon-yul at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2017
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Some photos from the exhibition of new work by Kang Soon-yul – Between Heart and Mind – at Han Collection last month. Keywords: Artists: Kang Soon-yul (강순열)

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Exhibition visit: Oh Man-chul ceramic paintings, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2017
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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 […]

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Kim Juree’s work at the V+A is melting …

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2017
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An integral and intended feature of Kim Juree’s work is that it self-destructs. As I said a couple of months ago when first reporting on the V+A’s Contemporary Korean Ceramics exhibition: “Kim makes models of 1980s-1990s houses being demolished in her naighbourhood. The houses are characterised by a unique combination of western and Korean architectural […]

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Exhibition visit: Contemporary Korean Ceramics at the V+A

by Philip Gowman 26 June 2017
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This year-long exhibition as part of the Korea/UK 2017-18 cultural collaboration brings together a range of approaches and responses to Korean ceramics. From work that is purely functional to work that is purely decorative, via work that seeks to critique contemporary Korean society, the unifying element is the quality of the craftsmanship and execution. Yoon […]

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Exhibition visit: Haenyeo, Women of the Sea, at National Maritime Museum

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2017
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The National Maritime Museum, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich, played host to an exhibition featuring South Korea’s latest inclusion in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Life-size photographs of Jeju’s famous diving women were dotted around a building which began life in 1807 as a school for the children of British seafarers. […]

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Photo gallery: Between Serenity and Dynamism – Korean ceramics at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 3 June 2017
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Sometimes, words are unnecessary. The objects speak for themselves. So here are some of my photographs of the ceramics exhibition hosted by the KCC to coincide with London Craft Week 2017. The exhibition was organised by the Korea Craft and Design Foundation. A full catalogue of the exhibition can be downloaded here. Keywords: Artists: Choi […]

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