2010. 2. 19 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESGALLERY HYUNDAI 16 BUNGEE, Sagan-dong
To Feb. 28: “Classic.” Artist Oh Yong-seok is commemorating the opening of Gallery Hyundai’s new project exhibition hall - called 16 Bungee - with a display titled “Classic.”
The works, which are part of Oh’s second solo exhibition, essentially consist of a collage of video clips that aim to capture memories and concepts of reality.
Oh’s latest exhibition moves far beyond his previous displays, using not only moving images but installation art as well.
The artist uses images of the same place at different times and different places at the same time, incorporating both real-life and computer-generated scenes.
The exhibition’s title reflects an overall theme of conjuring up memories to paint a picture of the past.
Some of the numerous installation works set up around the gallery are replicas of items contained in the video works, while others are unrelated.
The entire exhibition focuses on getting viewers to question what’s real and what’s not.
Gallery Hyundai’s 16 Bungee exhibit hall is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
GALLERY JINSUN, Palpan-dong
To Feb. 28: “Dot ? City Lights.” In this exhibit, artist Kim Se-han closely examines how lights have become an inseparable part of our lives.
He aims to capture how fragile the nighttime scene is. As the sun rises, twinkling electric lights across cities and towns evaporate seemingly instantly.
Kim captures the various ways lights are used and the impressions and images they create, using everything from cold office buildings to crowded streets.
The artist also looks to incorporate human emotion into the flickering lights, hoping to display the selfishness of humans that have destroyed nature for their own interests.
There are other themes as well, some of them a bit more optimistic and encouraging.
Some of the pieces on display portray night as a time of rest, allowing people to put aside their troubles from the day.
In the end, the artist hopes each viewer finds warmth through the way he see the sparkling lights.
Gallery Jinsun is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
SOMA MUSEUM OF ART, Bangi-dong
To Mar. 14: “i Robot.” The museum is currently presenting more than 60 pieces of installation art and 33 pieces of robot-related works.
The exhibition is divided into four themes: robots from our imaginations; humans dreaming of robots; robots dreaming of humans; and bringing together humans and robots.
The exhibit creates a setting where the two widely different fields of science and art combine harmoniously through robots and human imagination.
There is also a section in which the history of robot technology is detailed alongside the development of the human mind.
Sixteen artists - including Paik Nam-june, Goh Geun-ho, Baek Jong-gi, and Nancy Lang - teamed up to create works for this event.
The title of the exhibit stems from Isaac Asimov’s famous science fiction novel “i Robot,” which focused on a colossal conflict between robots and humans and later became a movie.
However, rather than dealing with the friction between man and machine, this exhibition homes in on the symbiotic relations between the two.
This exhibition also offers a peek into a future where robots might become an everyday part of society.
The SOMA Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Mongchontoseong Station, line No. 8, exit 1
PYO GALLERY, Itaewon-dong
To Mar. 29: “Kim Heung-su Collection.” Artist Kim Heung-su developed the concept of “harmonism,” which is a way of combining different concepts and techniques in one frame. He has played a pivotal role in boosting the status of Korean modern art by whipping up new, innovative art forms and methods.
Under the concept of harmonism, an artist takes two very different things and makes something whole and beautiful, incorporating the ideas of yin and yang.
It is essentially derived from Asian spirituality, exploring how opposing forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world.
The collection currently on display includes a total of 12 pieces of Kim’s past works, such as his nude series from the 1990s.
Pyo Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Noksapyeong Station, line No. 6, exit 1, or Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2
Information is culled from the galleries and other online sources.