Myung Nam An (안명남) at the Mall Galleries

The Society of Designer Craftsmen has an annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Among the exhibitors this year is SDC Ceramics Licentiate and KAA member Myung-nam AN:

Designer Crafts at the Mall 2012

At The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
Friday 6th to Sunday 15th January 2012

This winter craft exhibition, presented by the Society of Designer Craftsmen, is recognised as a leading platform for the best talent in ceramics, furniture, jewellery, glass and textiles. Celebrated and experienced makers are shown alongside recent graduates, which makes for a stimulating and exciting exhibition. All work is for sale and ‘The Shop within the Show’ returns, offering a range of handmade crafts.

Eyes, by Myung Nam An

Statement by Myung-nam AN:

Art is a lifestyle for me. Everything that surrounds and excites me is automatically processed and transformed into the final result: an artwork. It is fascinating to watch the transitions from life to art. The essence of my work is the human being and their everyday life. I find ceramic to be the most versatile material and it is suited to express my ideas. Working in clay is really deep and has much to interest me: philosophy, technique – so much.

In my work, I like to tell stories using symbols which are universal, when you look at my work you could tell your own story, and would interpret what you see in your own way and each work in the series is created to evoke a different moods and emotions. I am exploring abstract appropriated images from our culture and translating these onto the surface of my work. I feel that they address or allude to specific ideals that interest me. It has always been my goal as an artist to make work that speaks to the viewer on a deeper level.

My works are a step in my ongoing growth toward a personal and unique approach to clay. It is my hope that these images will provoke thought in the viewer. The characteristics and limitations of the materials is a fundamental issue for me. I make use of a working process which is based on analysis and experience. I approach my work in a formal and aesthetic way. That does not mean that emotionality and sensuality are set aside – on the contrary, I go for a cool expression with sensitive undertones and thereby join an abstract, new formalistic movement in contemporary art.

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