Innovative ceramics master launches 3 exhibits
Ceramics are often described as the art of earth and fire. But for many people, the word merely conjures up images of containers.
Shin has made efforts to break this prejudice, however, widening his horizons from pottery for practical use to ceramic sculptures and flat works he calls “fired paintings.”
“I think my art world enters a new stage every 10th year,” Shin told reporters late last month at the Kumho Museum of Art in central Seoul.
His solo show “Vicissitude of Things” is currently at the museum.
“I have changed to survive,” Shin continued. “Change is the need of the times.”
Now, the artist focuses on installations, which he creates by combining ceramics and various objects he has collected for five decades in flea markets worldwide.
The Kumho exhibition features Shin’s latest installations. They include “Schism,” which he completed by adding his own ceramic frames to glass panels with bullet marks that he bought at a flea market.
Another series of Shin’s works, “Surface ‘n Beyond,” is displayed on the museum’s second floor. The pieces, combinations of old window frames and Shin’s “fired paintings,” could remind viewers of traditional Korean sliding paper doors with geometric frames, or abstract paintings.
“For a while, I’ll concentrate on the ‘Surface ‘n Beyond series,’” Shin said.
“As I have entered another new stage now, it’s time to look back on my past works,” he added, explaining why he holds three solo show at the same time - a rarity among local artists.
Elsewhere, Shin presents his colorful ceramic sculptures of animals, which he focused on around 1990, at Gallery Yeh in southern Seoul. And in Lee Hwaik Gallery, which is in the art zone east of Gyeongbok Palace, Shin shows a range of works, including his animal sculptures and pieces from the latest “Surface ‘n Beyond” series.
By moon so-young [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The “Vicissitude of Things” exhibition at the Kumho Museum of Art runs through Sept. 28. Admission is 3,000 won ($2.90). Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Mondays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1, and walk for 10 minutes. For details, visit www.kumhomuseum.com or call (02) 720-5114.
Shin’s solo show at Lee Hwaik Gallery starts tomorrow and finishes on Oct. 5. Admission is free. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1, and walk for seven minutes. For details, visit www.leehwaikgallery.com or call (02) 730-7818.