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Opera Gallery, Cheongdam-dong

To July 14: Two foreign artists have come together to show two very different sides of abstract art.

Oli G. Johannsson is a painter from Iceland. His work depicts the environment of his country, which is surrounded by ice.

The paintings look as if a child had drawn them - without any borders or rules overpowering his brush. Johannsson is able to invoke powerful feelings with each stroke and line, which are contrasted with huge areas of empty space. He uses pastel tones and loves using white.

Wang Yehan is an artist from Shanghai. He layers his work so that it looks like bunched up balls of textiles. He has said that this repeated task is part of the Asian culture of reaching serenity by continuously training the body and mind.

Wang’s works may look like meaningless lines and shapes, but each painting represents a very different perspective and feel.

His works depict a strong state of mind that provides viewers with their own moment of meditation.

Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9



I M Art Gallery, Sinsa-dong

To July 14: Four artists - Seo Sang-ik, Kim So-yeon, Lim So-dam and Gu Na - collaborate to portray the current values and meaning important to their generations.

Our perception of the world comes from our culture, history and the environment we have been exposed to. In this exhibit, these artists borrow from the surreal in order to portray their realities.

This kind of imagination can give us a glimpse of the future or even the past.

Through these artworks, visitors can better understand their own reality through a vision of the unreal.

Gangnam-gu Office Station, line No. 7, exit 3



Pyo Gallery, Itaewon-dong

To July 14: Lee Seung-gu is putting on his first solo exhibition in Korea at the Pyo Gallery.

Lee has been working mainly in Germany and China and has received good reviews in the international art world.

Through a playful depiction of pigs and babies, the main focus of the exhibition is the role of the mass media in controlling the public and the passiveness of the public. People tend to believe whatever they are told and to simply follow the rules - especially regarding education and learning.

Lee wants to emphasize how easily we are influenced and how naturally these “normal” stereotypes flow into our lives.

Lee also reveals his desire for people to embrace their individuality and sharpen their senses.

Noksapyeong Station, line No. 6, exit 1, or Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2



Die Galerie, Cheongdam-dong

To July 25: Australian artist Sandra Brandeis Crawford will be holding her first solo exhibition in Korea at the Die Galerie.

Her artwork shows the many influences she has received from the numerous countries she has visited over the years.

Her main focus is the “gaze” that many people have been able to experience and how that gaze enables us to feel certain things.

Some of these feelings include anxiety, fear, negativity and contempt, which is shown in the 25 pieces on display here.

Crawford’s paintings are filled with items and people from the world of imagination and wonder but the results are far from mystical.

The intention behind what she is trying to convey in her work is clear, allowing art lovers from all walks of life to fully experience and admire her work.

Gangnam-gu Office Station, line No. 7, exit 4

*Information is culled from the galleries and other online sources.
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