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“Variable Dimensions,” a mixed-media piece by RohwaJeong, is part of the artist duo’s exhibition at Space BM in central Seoul. Provided by the gallery

Most of our prejudices and stereotypes were formed when we were elementary school students; that is the opinion of the Korean artist duo RohwaJeong.

Many of their conceptual works that question our preconceptions, now on display at Space BM in central Seoul, include objects associated with elementary schools.

Among the works, “Variable Dimensions” looks, at first glance, like a group of nails driven into the wall. In the next moment, a photo of a classroom is projected onto the wall, and the nailheads overlap with the children’s heads.

Another work, “Frame,” looks like a small blackboard but is actually black sandpaper in a wooden frame, which are commonly found in handicraft classes. The artists, Yunhee Roh and Hyunseok Jeong, used the sandpaper to smooth the frame. “So, which is the essence of this work - the sandpaper or the frame?” they ask.

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

The exhibition runs through Sept. 30. Admission is free. Take bus Nos. 143, 401, 406 or 730 and walk 10 minutes from the Crown Hotel stop. For details, visit www.spacebm.com or call (02) 797-3093.

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