2009.07.24 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
To July 28:
“Sata Air waTer Air.”
Korean artist Sata based this series on an event that occurred when he was just 2 years old.
He doesn’t remember the details of that day, but knows from the scar on his arm that he was severely burned by hot water.
The artist remained terrified of water long after the incident occurred, but he overcame his fear when he was in his mid-20’s and discovered that water could bring him comfort.
In Sata Air waTer Air, Sata attempts to show this transition.
In one piece, the artist floats naked in the water covered by flowers, in what appears to be a scene of peace and calm.
In another, he is out of the water and laying on the land as if he is a fish who is free to breathe air.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6
To Aug. 8:
“Cha Dong-hoon: Wasted Lives.”
This is the first solo exhibition by artist Cha Dong-hoon. The title is borrowed from Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman’s book “Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts.” The theme revolves around the idea of production and consumption.
Like the book it was named after, the exhibition attempts to show how contemporary human beings quickly acquire a passion for new things yet swiftly lose that desire as well.
In his “Protein Paintings” series, Cha attempts to represent his sympathy for the products produced for human consumption only to be thrown away and deemed useless.
Crash test dummies appear and reappear in Cha’s work, revealing another side to these humanesque devices.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The gallery is open by appointment only on Mondays.
Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 2, or Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9
PYO GALLERY SOUTH
To Aug. 21: “Do Up.”
Humans have always had a desire to communicate with others. The Do Up exhibition examines the struggles of four artists as they try to communicate with the world.
Through his collage, “Bouquet,” Yoon Hee-sop asks “What is the definition of right and wrong in what we see?”
Lim Jong-soo’s “Escape 2” shows an individual trying to flee from a controlled city. The straight, tall buildings seem to invoke a fear too great for one person to handle. Lim’s use of color is also interesting, giving the painting a more three-dimensional look.
Choi Joon-kyung’s “Self Portrait,” a work made through digital C-print, shows a fantasy on stage and the effects of the curtains and light.
Oh Eun-jung’s “My Brilliant Penthouse” depicts the process humans go through as they endlessly rebuild the environment in which they live.
Through her piece, Oh hopes to convey that remodeling a home is similar to changing parts of your identity.
The gallery is open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 2
THE CHOSUN ILBO GALLERY
July 27 to Oct. 4:
“Bert Stern’s Marilyn Monroe ‘The Last Sitting.’”
Marilyn Monroe is undoubtedly one of America’s most iconic figures.
This exhibit displays a series of photographs taken by American fashion photographer Bert Stern for Vogue magazine.
Stern snapped the photos at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles six weeks prior to Monroe’s death.
Of the 2,571 images Stern captured, 59 will be displayed here.
This will be the first time the exhibit is shown in Asia.
It was originally presented in 2006 at the Musee Maillol in Paris.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission is 10,000 won.
The exhibit is only open to those 19 and older.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7