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Art & Artist

Artist Talk: Wonju Seo

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 5:00 PM
Image courtesy of the artist In Wonju Seo’s hands, the aesthetics, forms, and techniques of bojagi— traditional Korean wrapping cloths—are reconfigured as abstract textile art for a global audience. Seo combines needlework, painting, photography, and other techniques to create contemplative artworks that explore her transcultural identity and life experience. Ms. Seo, whose solo exhibition Travelogue is on view at The Korea Society Gallery March 3 - May 27, 2022, talks… Read More
Portrait of Yun Dongseom (1710–1795) by Unidentified Artist. ca. 1790–1805 Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Riding the Korean Wave sweeping the world, the traditional Korean costumes have become increasingly visible in global media. In 2021, hanbok - the generic term referring to traditional style Korean clothing - was registered in the Oxford English Dictionary. In this comprehensive series of lectures, Dr. Minjee Kim, the preeminent scholar of… Read More

YSP Gallery

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | 5:00 PM
YSP Gallery in Chelsea neighborhood of New York showcases the incredible legacy of Young Sook Park, who has dedicated her life to recapturing lost ceramic methods and techniques of the Joseon Dynasty. Pamela Tinnen, the director of YSP Gallery, will cover the storied histories of Korean ceramics; the need for time-honored classical techniques in contemporary art practices; and how Ms. Park, though years of dedicated study and practice, was able… Read More

Hanbok: A New Lexicon of World Fashion - Women's hanbok

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 6:00 PM
Director: Eunjoo Choi; Photo: Chang-rai Song; Model: Sarang Lee Previously published in Hanbok no.4 (Seoul: Hanbok Advancement Center, 2016) Riding the Korean Wave sweeping the world, the traditional Korean costumes have become increasingly visible in global media. In 2021, hanbok - the generic term referring to traditional style Korean clothing - was registered in the Oxford English Dictionary. In this comprehensive series of lectures, Dr. Minjee Kim, the preeminent scholar… Read More

Artist Talk: Jayoung Yoon

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | 5:00 PM
"Hair has the potential to embody both mind and matter. In my sculptures I tie hair together piece by piece into nearly invisible forms that represent ineffable thoughts and the conscious and subconscious mind." - Jayoung Yoon Jayoung Yoon's work is composed of strands of her own hair that are hand knotted or woven into forms to create intricate sculptures. The woven hair resembles fine nets or webs, allowing the… Read More

Artist Talk: Sui Park

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | 5:00 PM
"I weave and connect traces and tracks of subtle changes into organic forms. The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular, Monofilament and cable ties. They are non–durable, disposable, trivial, inexpensive and easily consumed materials. But, when I weave and connect them, they are transformed into organic visualizations. I want them to be creating lasting moments, evoking and encapsulating our precious thoughts." - Sui Park Sui Park… Read More

Artist Talk: Woomin Kim

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 5:00 PM
"Cutting up, breaking apart, or melting, are some of the ways I lose my familiarity with an object and see its material qualities. Exposing a hidden rawness, I am able to consider the gap between how I know these objects and what they really are. I hope my sculptures can turn things that are considered passive and inert into new unknowns with unexpected eccentric faces." - Woomin Kim Through her… Read More
The thing that really struck me was the grit and resilience of the people — they were in the process of recovering from a devastating war that displaced so many people. But the markets were crowded, people went about their business — things had to get done! They had to survive and thrive! … When I see Korea now and think back to that time, Korea’s success should come as… Read More

Artist Talk: Mina Cheon

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | 6:30 PM
Image courtesy of Mina Cheon Studio The global art activist Mina Cheon draws inspiration from the partition of the Korean peninsula, in which she enlists a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, video, installation, and performance to deconstruct and reconcile the precarious history and ongoing coexistence between North and South Korea. Her solo exhibition at The Korea Society showcases her most recent painting series of Unification Flags. Mina Cheon will… Read More
Illustrator Wooh Na Young, also known by her pen name "Obsidian," has caught the eyes of people around the world with her distinctive style of reinterpreting Western characters in hanbok, Korean traditional clothing. Combining her training in both traditional style of Asian painting and game design, her illustrations have become a viral sensation and a unique way of promoting the beauty of hanbok. Meet the illustrator who has captivated the… Read More
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