2014.4.2 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESKYUNG-WOO HAN: I MIND
SongEun Art Space, Gangnam District
To April 12: This is a solo show of artist Han Kyung-woo, 35, the grand prize among the four SongEun ArtAward finalists in 2011.
Han has long used optical illusions to explore how people’s cultural backgrounds and fixed ideas affect their visual perception. Among the works on display are what look like typical hand-shadow puppets on screens, but actually are the shadows of dolls.
“With these, Han explores images that are shaped from our desires and familiarities while simultaneously highlighting the existing gap between those and the real,” the museum said.
Admission is free. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.
Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit No. 9 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org
Trunk Gallery, Jongno District
To April 29: In this solo show, Miru Kim, a 33-year-old Korean artist, shows her latest works and photographs. For the series, she took photos of herself in the nude with camels in the desert.
These new works are an extension of her former series, “Naked City Spleen,” which features Kim naked in abandoned industrial settings, and “The Pig That Therefore I Am,” in which she appears in the nude with caged hogs at industrial farms.
For her new photos, Kim lived in Jordan and kept her distance from contemporary civilization, according to the gallery.
Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
TALA MADANI & NATHANIEL MELLORS
PKM Gallery, Jongno District
To May 9: This is a two-person exhibition, featuring the 33-year-old Iranian-born artist Tala Madani and 40-year-old British-born artist Nathaniel Mellors.
Madani is showing a series of paintings that look at middle-aged men’s basic desires.
Mellors is presenting a 22-minute video “The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview,” which deals with issues of power, class and communication through a fictional story about encounter between a Neanderthal and a future being.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday. It is closed on weekends.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1, and walk five minutes.
(02) 734-9467, www.pkmgallery.com
SPECTACLE IN PERSPECTIVE
Plateau Gallery, Jung District
To June 8: This is a solo exhibition of Jung Yeondoo. The artist has always shown interest in the dreams and desires of ordinary people, who live as anonymous parts of the crowd but at the same time want to live as an individual with personality.
This interest can be seen from Jung’s early photography series on display, including “Hero,” “Evergreen Tower” and “Tokyo Brand City.” It is also obvious in one of his new works that the exhibition introduces - “Crayon Pop Special.” The work, a collaboration with the fans of the girl group Crayon Pop, who are mainly men in their 30s and 40s, consists of the video of performances by the devoted fans, called “Popjeossi,” and a stage installation for the girl group. The work actually focuses on the fans rather than the girl group, exploring the dreams and desires of the fans - grown-up men who are usually pressured to act gravely and to be aloof about idol groups in Korean society.
Tickets cost 3,000 won ($2.80) for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit No. 8.
WHITE PORCELAIN JAR
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District
To June 21:This exhibition features 90 pieces of Joseon era (1392-1910) white porcelain jars. It features not only wonho, or rounded-style jars, which are often called “moon jars” and have been greatly admired by many local artists and the public, but also ipho, or upright, ceramics, which “have been somewhat neglected by the general public,” according to the museum.
Admission costs 8,000 won. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed Monday.
Take bus No. 145 or 4212 and get off at the Horim Art Center stop.
(02) 541-3525, www.horimartcenter.org
By Moon So-young [email@example.com]