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The Ritz-Carlton Seoul, Yeoksam-dong

July 22 to 24: This art fair is an up-scale event to take place at the Ritz-Carlton Seoul.

Instead of displaying the art inside white cubicles (as art fairs usually do), the Seoul Art Festival Association will be presenting them in the luxurious guest rooms of the hotel. The private nature of this event is what makes the SAF so special.

With the theme of “Where Enterprise Meets Art,” the SAF will exhibit works of modern art and show how art branding has become crucial in today’s corporate society. It vows to communicate closely with the viewers by breaking down the barriers between medium and genre.

Furthermore, this art fair will offer QR codes for the participating artists and their works, so that the viewers may look up additional artwork that could not be shown during this three-day art fair.

The festival is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Gangnam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
(070) 4119-0090, www.safa.or.kr



Gana Contemporary, Pyeongchang-dong

To July 24: This exhibition features artwork from four participating artists: Kim Hee-yeon, Lee Su-jin, Lee Hye-sun and Chang Go-un.

Like the title “Intersection” implies, the four will exhibit works that each focus on everyday things, but interpret them from different perspectives. Where these four different viewpoints meet will be the “intersection.”

The familiar scenes that are usually ignored will be highlighted through the artists’ subjective interpretations and change into a meaningful space.

Kim speaks of how excessive development has brought ruin and disaster in some spaces. Lee Su-jin focus on the everyday lives of everyday people. Lee Hye-sun uses animals to satirize society, and Chang shows how the same event can be interpreted differently by different individuals.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays to Sundays.
Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3. From there, ride bus No. 1020 to the Olympia Hotel.
(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com



Arario Gallery Seoul, Sogyeok-dong

To Aug. 21: This is a solo exhibition of Ci Kim, with over 20 new art pieces including paintings, photography and installation art. Kim, who is the owner of Arario Gallery, is also exhibiting his work at the Arario Gallery in Cheonan from July 14 to Aug. 21.

How one’s “self understanding” and “self realization” meet and intersect with sociocultural institutions is what Kim’s artwork is about. To challenge society’s prejudice and misunderstanding toward his new-found career as an artist, Kim uses various media (painting, large sculpture, photography, etc.) to jump over the limit.

Ci Kim derives his work from the archives of media history and from various social scandals. And in this process, he strives to answer his initial question of self understanding.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m on Tuesdays to Sundays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1.
(02) 723-6190, www.arariogallery.com



Artclub1563, Seocho-dong

To Aug. 25: Japanese artist Hiraki Sawa will be holding his first solo exhibition in Korea.

Hiraki uses everyday objects such as furniture and toys and intersects them with iconic elements to create a new reality.

By using digital techniques of photographic editing and by using miniatures to create his scene, he communicates how objects are bound to disappear from reality at some point in time. By displaying familiar spaces in an odd way, he shows how that space is actually placed in between reality and dream.

The artist’s creativity in viewing such everyday objects and spaces offers a fairytale-like experience, where the wall of common logic is broken down.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays to Saturdays. Reservations are required on Mondays.
Seocho Station, line No. 2, exit 2.
(02) 585-5033, www.suumproject.com

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