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Pyo Gallery, Chungdam-dong

To July 2: This is a solo exhibition by Do Byung Kyu who centers his artwork on the main use of plastic baby dolls.

In ancient history, dolls have been used as a symbol of human beings in rituals to bring happiness, preventing bad luck, and to pray for abundant harvests. The practice is like that of animism or ancient totemic faith, first originating from the ancient belief that human wishes are realized through dolls. Do Byung Kyu attempts to bring this traditional belief back to today’s modern times, where the doll is simply used as a toy.

The name of the exhibition is “Fetishrama,” a coalition of “fetish” and “drama.” The artist expresses his fetish desires as realized through the dolls, dramatically exhibiting his subconscious of childhood and adolescent memories.

The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Chungdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9
(02) 511-5295, south.pyoart.com



Gallery Absinthe, Sinsa-dong

To July 7: This is a solo exhibition of Korean artist Park Seung-mo, called “Solid Illusion.”

The artist portrays the significance of illusion through his work of art.

If you can’t see what’s real and can only see the outline, then this means that you are seeing an illusion. Park Seung Mo solidifies illusion, and presents it in our very own eyes, to reality.

There are times when everyday images floating in void are bound to vanish like a mirage, though we are sure we saw them. The created images are far variable to change and have unstable properties, and the artist attempts to expose and exhibit this state.

However, one cannot read “illusion” as simply illusion. The solidified images’ insecurity and instability are symbolized through circles, and using his unique concept of time and space, the artist attempts to creates a new visual environment.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Gangnam-gu Office Station, line No. 7, exit 3
(02) 548-7662


Arko Art Center, Daekhak-ro

To July 17: This is an exhibition by various Korean artists, signifying the kaleidoscope of life in the city.

The exhibition is titled “Depaysement - Blooming in the City.” Depaysement involves surrealistic art, in which familiar objects are portrayed in unfamiliar places. The works of art on display here portray that the city of Seoul is a lot like a “depaysement” city. Like depaysement, Seoul is made up of unfamiliar and often unprecedented factors.

History has made this city as diverse and as many-sided as it is today. Despite rapid Western urbanization, Seoul has indeed a different persona compared to the west, and is still growing different. In this exhibition, the sub title “Blooming in the City” shows that the division and various facets of our city is only just “beginning” to bloom. “Blooming” represents that Seoul is a “fickle and ever-changing” city.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 760-4850, www.arkoartcenter.or.kr/



Arario Gallery, Sokyuk-dong

To July 17: This is a solo exhibition of Korean artist Kong Shine whose prime focus of his recent works is the subject of relationships.

The titles of his works are “Neighbirds,” “Between,” “Friendship,” and “Intruder,” which highlight his main point. In his mix of works, birds, fishes, trees, and metal acknowledge each other; two different vases blossom the same flower; black charcoal and white toilet paper are connected through a lifebelt. Kong Shine pairs up these given objects, symbolizing the world in which we live in that is centered in relationships. No matter what, suffering demands to be in a relationship that weaves the essence of life. In this logic, the artist suggests life accompanies suffering.

Shine’s work goes through a process of materialization as she bestows three-dimensional body to forms in her mind. The act of materializing forms from the mind is a mystery performed by many painters, in which Shine also takes on the challenge.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 723-6190, www.ararioseoul.com/

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