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Artisan-inspired pieces make up Hermes show


Artist Elisabeth Clark’s “A travers,” a circular frame covered with white leather, is part of “Condensation” at the renovated Maison Hermes Dosan Park in southern Seoul, a show featuring pieces inspired by the luxury brand’s artisans. Provided by the gallery

Works by visual artists inspired by artisans working for the luxury brand Hermes are currently filling a gallery operated by the French company’s Korean branch in southern Seoul.

“Condensation,” the show at Atelier Hermes, features 16 pieces produced during artist residencies at the brand’s workshops in France since 2010. There, artists learned from artisans how to handle certain materials.

A piece created by Gabriele Chiari through warp printing on a rare kind of satin is on display. Beside the work stands Olivier Severe’s crystal installation, which has various textures and looks like a group of different kinds of rocks as a result.

The exhibits also include Korean artist Oh You-kyeong’s sculptures that are made from silver plates.

“The dialogue between the artists and artisans is designed to nurture mutual emulation and inspiration,” said Catherine Tsekenis, director of the Hermes Foundation during her visit to Seoul earlier this month.

First held in Palais de Tokyo in Paris last year, this is Atelier Hermes first show since the gallery in Maison Hermes Dosan Park was renovated.

The show runs through Nov. 30. Admission is free. Closes Wednesdays. For details, call (02) 544-7722.

BY Moon So-young []

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