Visions of symbolism from around the world

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Visions of symbolism from around the world

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Hurvin Anderson’s “Country Club”(2003) Provided by the artist and Zabludowicz Collection

Two exhibitions featuring paintings that are not abstract in style but are much more symbolic than realistic, are going on respectively north and south of the Han River.

One is the solo show of Jin Meyerson, titled “Endless Frontier,” at Hakgojae Gallery in central Seoul.

The 41-year-old artist, who was born in Incheon, then raised in America and is now based in Hong Kong, depicts images of crowds, cityscapes and natural landscapes distorted through his interpretations. What is unique about his works is that he combines digital technology and analog painting. He distorts selected images on a computer and paints the changed images by hand on canvases.

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Jin Meyerson’s “Hwang Hak Dong”(2013). Provided by the gallery

The other exhibition is “Four Corners of the World” at Hite Collection gallery in southern Seoul. This is an exhibition of work by seven painters who come from various parts of the world. They are Hurvin Anderson from Britain; Frederic Bruly Bouabre from Ivory Coast; Marcel Dzama, born in Canada and based in New York; Bernard Frize from France; Tim Johnson from Australia; Amikam Toren, born in Israel and based in London; and Zhang Enli from China.

“The exhibition highlights each internationally renowned artist’s artistic practice and imagination that happens two-dimensionally within four corners of the rectangular format of painting,” the gallery said.


The Jin Meyerson solo show at Hakgojae runs through Oct. 6. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. The exhibit is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 2, and walk 10 minutes. For details, visit www.hakgojae.com or call (02) 720-1524~6.

The “Four Corners of the World” exhibition at Hite Collection runs through Dec. 14. Admission is free. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 14. For details, call (02) 3219-0271.


By MOON SO-YOUNG [symoon@joongang.co.kr]
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