2010.3.5 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESGALLERY BOB, Gwanhun-dong
To Mar. 21: “Love, Especially 2.” This new exhibition at Gallery Bob, formerly known as Gallery Ssamji, was planned specifically for this, the season of love.
In the midst of Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, and White Day on Mar. 14, the word “love” is often distorted and commercialized. This exhibition will try to step away from that trend and explore the true meaning behind the overused word.
“Love, Especially” will not only deal with the sentimental side of love, but will examine all of its bittersweet aspects - the longing, loneliness, pain, healing, happiness and thrills that we associate with love.
Through paintings, sculpture and installation art, the 11 participating artists share their personal experiences and their viewpoints on love. The result is a depiction of the limitless forms of love around the world.
Gallery Bob is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6
GALLERY SUN CONTEMPORARY, Sogyeok-dong
To Mar. 24: “Mirang Wonne Solo Exhibition - Capturing Sunlight.” For the last two decades Mirang Wonne has concentrated on natural forms, using unique synthetic materials that amplify the organic feel of the pieces she creates. She continues this work with her new exhibition, Capturing Sunlight.
In an effort to capture biological and botanic forms, Wonne used pieces of steel mesh encased in Plexiglas as the basis for the works in this exhibition.
The resulting pieces are either hanging or free flowing, thick, compacted fields of delicately spattered pigment in which almost-invisible colors shift to spur subtle movements, creating the illusion of light bouncing off of the morning dew.
The artist received her diploma from the Ecole nationale superieure des arts decoratifs in Paris and her doctoral degree from the Sorbonne. She currently lives in California and continues to work on her art.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
GALLERY PLANT, Hwa-dong
To April 15: “Lim Min-ouk - Horn and Tail.” Gallery Plant will display the video, performance and installation artworks of Lim Min-ouk in this, the gallery’s fifth exhibition.
In her work, Lim tries to capture the essence of a particular place and the movements that exist therein. For example, she made a single channel video that uses the site of a redevelopment zone as the backdrop against which she acts out the experience of someone whose life has been touched by a redevelopment project.
Lim’s main subject is nature stolen by humans. Urbanization results in extinction for some forms of plant and animal life and overproduction for others, which creates a certain degree of confusion for the humans struggling to deal with the consequences of their actions.
With objets d´art and video performances, Lim breathes new life into dead or dying surroundings. Rather than bringing out old memories, she tries to accept change while using simple structures to reveal inherent differences.
Gallery Plant is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART, Namhyeon-dong
Rather than classifying the pieces in the exhibition by genre, this exhibit focuses on a single theme - houses - to provide audiences with a new way to look at art.
Through the exhibit, the museum also hopes to provide a point of reference for viewing modern art, which can be difficult to interpret.
The exhibit itself is spread across various rooms lining the corridors of the museum. Each room contains art works that explore the functions different rooms in a house can play. The rooms on the first floor of the museum represent gardens, living rooms and dining rooms. Those on the second floor represent personal spaces such as children’s rooms, dressing rooms, meditation rooms and multimedia rooms.
In addition to the exhibit, the museum has planned a series of activities for students in kindergarten and elementary school, such as workshops in topiary and picture frame making.
The museum is open Mondays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sadang Station, line No. 2 or 4, exit 6
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