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Two smaller shows focus on modern Korean influences


Glass art by Kim Joon-yong Provided by Gallery Sklo

After visiting the National Museum’s final special exhibition of the year, glass aficionados can enjoy some of the smaller-scale exhibitions dedicated to glass art that are sure to provide insights into modern Korean interpretations.

Gallery Sklo, which is the only gallery dedicated solely to Korean contemporary glass art, is currently holding an exhibition called “Nature Poems,” a solo exhibition of Kim Joon-yong.

“[Kim’s] unique way of combining casting techniques [that highlight] glass thickness and the blowing technique that [accentuates] color gradation makes it possible to express a variety of color spectrums and forms,” according to the gallery.

Born in 1972 in Korea, Kim is a professor at the College of Arts of Cheongju University, as well as owning and operating his Joon Glass Studio.

The exhibition runs to Dec. 16 at the gallery located in Sindang-dong, Jung District, in central Seoul.


“Blue Butterfly” by Cho Kwang-ho Provided by Noam Gallery

There also is an exhibition dedicated to stained glass at Noam Gallery in Insa-dong, also central Seoul. On display are the works of two artists - Cho Kwang-ho, who is a Catholic priest and director of the Catholic Plastic Art Research Institute, and Bang Hai Ja, a France-based abstract painter.

The gallery says the exhibit will help people realize that stained glass is more than just a Western art form, as the artists have incorporated Korean elements, such as hanji, or traditional Korean paper, in their works.

Cho’s stained glass has been installed in Culture Station Seoul 284, which was previously Seoul Station.

Bang is known to use Korean paper made by hand by Buddhist nuns from leaves and plants according to age-old traditions.

The exhibition runs until Dec. 28. Two of the most noteworthy works on display are Cho’s “Blue Butterfly,” a screenprint and glass painting on float glass, and Bang’s “Portees de la lumiere,” a glass painting on float glass with two layers, according to the gallery.

By Kim Hyung-eun []
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