Dive right into into contemporary Korean art this June with the KCC

KCC Contemporary Korean Art

Dive right into into contemporary Korean art this June with the KCC

Featured image credit: Minja Gu, The Authentic Quality HK (2019)

Two exhibitions featuring contemporary Korean arts showcasing a dynamic array of creative works of the country are set to take place from June.

Partnering with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, the Korean Cultural Centre Australia (KCC) proudly supports a number of Korean artists to two different exhibitions that kick off in June 2019 in Sydney.

The Invisible Hand, presented at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art from the 27th of June, examines our ever evolving digital world with focus on the hyper connected East Asia region, where household internet connectivity is at its global highest.

Exploring the existential threat of big tech companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Naver that collect personal data and sell these to third parties, The Invisible Hand will provide new perspectives on the digital realm through a series of recent works by Baden Pailthorpe (Australia), Exonemo (Japan), Simon Denny (New Zealand), and Sunwoo Hoon and Pak Mijoon (Korea).

The first joint work of Sunwoo Hoon & Pak Mijoon features in the exhibition, with Flat Earth (2019) exploring how the internet has changed and will also, in turn, change our way of life.

Image credit: Byungjun Kwon, This is Me (2019)

Take (  ) at Face Value will introduce various aspects of modern Korean society through formats of contemporary art underpinning the stereotypes and biases that evolve around Korean society today.

The exhibition features 31 artworks by 11 artists who are devoid of stereotypes surrounding Korea in terms of ethnicity, spirituality, politics and society, and will question these universal concepts that are revealed to us at face value.

Korea is often described as a ‘fast-growing economy’, which can be seen in their economic boom, the global expansion of K-pop culture and its strong IT industry.

This, in turn, has labelled the country to be associated with the term ‘hasty’ to the Western world.

The facet of exponential growth permeates the overall Korean society, and the mentality of ‘haste’ has become a continuum in the daily lives of Koreans.

‘Nominalism’ raises a question of paradox against this universal perception by asserting that although universality appears to define a particular object or phenomenon, it is nothing than a mere ‘nomina’ or an abstraction behind the perception.

This is the recurring idea within the artworks in Take (  ) at Face Value – by critically disassembling the abstract nature of universality, the artists reveal a more honest and truthful representation.

Image credit: Kim Beom, Yellow Scream (2012)

Viewers will also be given a rare opportunity to witness works from established contemporary Korean artists who have had limited exposure in the Australian art scene, including works from reputed multimedia artist Kim Beom whose works challenge conventional ideas that are considered as social norms.

Director of the Korean Cultural Centre Sojeong Park expressed her excitement in introducing these Korean contemporary artists to Australian audiences through these exhibitions.

“I am delighted to have this wonderful opportunity to introduce these intriguing works of contemporary art,” she said.

“They are from very talented emerging and established artists which have not had much opportunity for exposure in Australia until now.

I hope these exhibitions can lead to a meaningful first step in encouraging more vibrant and significant collaborations in the field of art between Korea and Australia.

Take (  ) at Face Value will run until the end of September 2019, and will include with a number of artist talks and performances, such as Byungjun Kwon and Minja Gu, which will take place at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in conjunction with the exhibition, The Invisible Hand.

The Invisible Hand 
WHEN: 27 June 2019 – 11 August 2019
WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asia Art (181-187 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000)
COST: Free
More information available HERE

Take (  ) at Face Value
WHEN: 28 June 2019 – 27 September 2019
WHERE: Korean Cultural Centre gallery (Ground Floor, 255 Elizabeth St. Sydney NSW 2000)
COST: Free
More information available HERE

Anisha Mistry

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