2009. 3. 28 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESGallery GreemZip
To Tuesday: Contemporary artist Bae Min is holding an exhibition called “Unknown Weeds.” The focus of the event is nameless weeds that grow and transform over many years. Bae, who produces work inspired by things in our natural and social environment, says that he wants to emphasize the distinct features of every object instead of concentrating on the rules and laws of life. According to Bae, art can be inspired by a flower that is found growing by the side of a most unlikely road, or a weed that has taken root in an asphalt street. The artist’s pieces in charcoal portray feelings of sadness and happiness through flowers, birds and butterflies.
Gallery GreemZip is in Itaewon-dong, Yongsan District.
The exhibition is open from 2 to 10 p.m.
Noksapyeong Station, line No. 6, exit 1 or Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 1
(02) 792-9279, http://greemZip.cyworld.com
Gallery Hyundai Gangnam Space
To Sunday: “The Still: Logical Conversation” features 22 Korean artists of all different genres in a cooperative exhibit. Unique paintings, photographs, sculptures, video art and more present new perspectives on the appreciation of still life. Through their works, the artists ask the viewer to listen to the subject’s voice. They may not seem very exciting as items are from our everyday lives. But they all have interesting stories to tell.
The exhibit is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery is closed every Monday.
Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 2
(02) 519-0800, www.galleryhyundai.com
To April 7: The Watergate Gallery is holding an exhibition by British artist Paul Huxley. A highly respected practitioner of European traditional abstract modernism, Huxley has been a prominent figure in British art for many years. His works portray opposing concepts such as logic and senselessness, male and female, reason and emotion. But he manages to take these contrasting ideas and create a harmonious synthesis through extraordinary use of color and composition.
This exhibition, which began early this month, is the first presentation of Huxley’s works in Korea. Fifteen carefully selected pieces represent all the artist’s achievements over the last decade. His “Anima, Animus” series, produced in 1998, mostly addresses the concepts of the soul, the mind and life.
The “Chinese Letter” series was inspired by Huxley’s visit to China in 2004 and was finished in 2008. The artist uses Chinese characters to convey the mysteriousness of Orientalism, providing an interesting glimpse of how Eastern culture is interpreted through European modernism.
The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday on the fifth floor of the Watergate Building.
Hakdong Station, line No. 7, exit 1
(02) 540-3213, www.changart.com