2011.1.14 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESART FROM THE HEART
To Jan. 22: Gallery Through presents Melinda Millan’s solo exhibition.
Millan started studying art at the age of 5 in New York City. Eventually, she moved to Paris to study works by some of her favorite painters, including Van Gough and Monet.
Through years of study and development, Millan’s art has evolved into what she calls “Etheral Art” - a combination of contemporary and impressionist art that seeks to depict the spirit of the subject. The artist traveled the world accumulating ways to “capture the soul.”
One critic, Darryl Hengstle of Reviewer Magazine, described her work as: “Beautiful in its simplicity, truthful in its objectivity and healing in its reflections of fundamental details that touch us to the core.” Millan is a missionary who currently lives and works in Seoul.
Proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to help prevent suicide among young Koreans.
The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 12 to 11 p.m.
Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 2
(02) 3444-9700, www.through.co.kr
To Feb. 9: Atelier Aki is opening a solo exhibition by Kang Yeh-sine.
With the very unique surroundings of the gallery’s raw, concrete walls, “Biblioforest 534” works as a gateway for anyone with a pleasant memory. The title of the exhibition refers to a small old book store in a forest. The three numbers denote a house number - also signifying each person’s lost memories located somewhere within the complex of their minds.
A common motif in the exhibition is the rabbit, which is portrayed in a tired fashion. Always in a resting position, the rabbit is shown in simple yet nostalgic scenes that anyone can either recall from a fond memory or wish to be there after a long day of work.
The piece “Velocity 5 cm - The Speed of a Moving Heart,” depicts a rabbit at peace on the balcony of a hanok, or Korean traditional house. The open doors are made out of hanji, or Korean traditional paper. A radio nearby and snowy atmosphere give the painting warmth.
The gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1
(070) 7522-7713, www.atelieraki.com
PLOW THE DEEP
To Feb. 12: Pyo Gallery is presenting Lynn Hanson’s first solo exhibition in Korea.
Hanson’s work locates itself mostly in California. This is evident in the work, “Mercator and Cram,” one of the highlights of her show.
In the piece, Hanson drew an octopus in charcoal on top of an old, classroom-style pull-down map of the world. The creature is an emblem of some irrefutable strength that controls the broad territory depicted by the map.
In “Shroud,” another feature of the show, we see a dead pelican in a tangle of seaweed. The lifeless heap of gray emerges as a tender and dignified portrait, beautifully textured with oil paint. The gallery is open from Mondays to Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Noksapyeong Station, line No. 6, exit 1, or Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2
REMEMBERING CHANG UC-CIN
To Feb. 27: Gallery Hyundai is paying tribute to Jang Uc-chin (1918-1990), who represented Korean art in the mid to late 20th century. This year makes the 20th anniversary of Jang’s passing.
One famous piece, “Self-portrait,” was painted when Jang fled to his hometown in South Chungcheong during the Korean War. The artist is wearing a tailored tux and is walking down a path surrounded by golden wheat fields. Nothing about the piece expresses the dire situation of the Korean Peninsula, which shows the artist’s desire to forget about the war and enjoy the solitude of nature. The piece is now a cultural asset which is rare for paintings in Korea.
The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a guided tour of the exhibition weekdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com
*Information is culled from the galleries and other online sources.