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Junghyun Choi’s ‘Cool Beat of Korea’

Date: Monday 3 June 2013, 7:30-8:30 pm.
Venue: Lucas Lecture Theatre [formerly G2], SOAS Main Building.
Tickets: Free admission. Guests are admitted from 7 pm to be seated for 7.30pm

Dulsori

Dulsori in action at the British Museum in 2007. Photo by Samuel Cho

This is an attractive and dynamic drumming concert offered by SOAS Korean Drumming Society this cool summer.

Our society performs samulnori, a contemporary genre of percussion music that developed from the music of traditional Korean percussion bands and which now forms a significant aspect of the musicscape of today’s Korea. Performers use the four core percussion instruments: two gongs – the small kkwaenggwari and the large ching, and two drums – the hourglass-shaped changgo and the barrel-shaped buk. Based at SOAS for more than ten years, we run a weekly practice session, organize regular instrumental workshops, and have performed at various cultural events.

For this concert, our society will play various styles ranging from taegum sanjo, (accompanied by changgo), to a samulnori-fusion improvisation for piano and changgo, to sŏnban (a form of changgo-playing from a standing position), to standards of the samulnori repertoire. These will be presented by Korean music specialist and the founder of our group, Prof. Keith Howard (drum accompaniment, changgo), and our instructor and the founder of international Korean traditional percussion group ‘Dulsori’, Jeung Hyun Choi (kkwaenggwari, changgo). Also performing are: Hyelim Kim (taegum), Dr. Shzr Ee Tan (piano, changgo, buk), Suji Kim (sŏnban, changgo), Ruard Absaroka (changgo, buk), Seyoung Jeong (changgo), Hyunseok Kwon (changgo), Inyoung Pak (changgo), and Kazumi Taguchi (changgo, ching).

Welcome to Cool Beat of Korea!

Soon Yul Kang solo show: Spiritual Journey, at Mokspace

  • Opening Reception: Wednesday 23 January 2013, 6 – 8 pm
  • Exhibition: 23 January – 18 February 2013
  • Venue: MOKSPACE | 33 Museum Street | London | WC1A 1LH
  • Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm, Every day

Soon Yul Kang: Spiritual Journey

On viewing Soon Yul Kang’s woven tapestries, the observer is immediately calmed by the still, simplicity of her work. Each of us has a memory of some quiet, meditative space once experienced, but crowded out by our busy lives. Her work places us immediately in that personal space, where seeing and thought come together. There is a universal, Zen-like, character to her tapestries, evoking the pure essence of landscapes, bringing us back to our centre.

The woven form adds a subtle counterpoint, focusing our attention but not distracting. Suggesting the hues and texture of soft tree bark, it reminds us of the innocent curiosity of our childhood, touching, exploring, experiencing. Together with the imagery, we are each led to our own inner place of calm and truth, and in doing so through the same medium, affirm the commonality of our experience.

Beyond this is the artist’s skill. The play of colour and textures, the careful choreography of thread, each lost in the whole but nevertheless essential. The raw physical nature of the work reinforces the meditative theme, as if the artist’s own creative contemplation has been knotted within the tapestry. In her collage work, she expresses these themes through a different medium, which in its coarseness allows her to realise new forms.

A deeply personal note is added through inscribing the word ‘father’ on each piece of cloth as if in homage to a lost loved one, while yin and yang is expressed through the juxtaposition of contrasting two colour elements. This adds a perceptible weight to the work, reminding and connecting us with the artists own still place.

www.mokspace.com | www.soonyulkang.com

Seyoung Jeong designs English Pocket Opera production

English Pocket Opera Company presents unique ‘promenade’ performances of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The production is a collaboration with the BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice course of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (part of University of the Arts London), including KAA member Seyoung Jeong (정세영).

Hansel and Gretel poster

From English Pocket Opera Company’s website:

Come and join Hansel and Gretel on their journey into the fairytale forest as they meet a cuckoo, a ‘sandman’ and triumph over Rosey Lickspittle, the grimmest of all witches who wants to eat them after turning them into gingerbread. A ‘promenade’ operatic adventure for all the family the like of which you will never have had before. EPOC’s cast of professional soloists will lead you round Central St. Martin’s spectacular new building at Kings Cross (including the Platform Theatre, Studio Theatre and ‘Street’) through 8 scenes in 8 different locations designed by 8 up-and-coming young designers. Come and join the adventure!

Eight designers from Central St Martins were each commissioned to design one scene in the production, taking charge of the set, costumes and lighting design. KAA member Seyoung Jeong (정세영) is one of those designers, and is responsible for the first of the scenes.

Dates: Tuesday 22 – Sunday 27 January 2013
Schools Performance: Tue 22 – Fri 25 Jan, 1.30
Tickets: £5
Performance: Tue 22 – Fri 25 Jan, 6.30
Family Performance (Incl Free Art Workshop for kids 12.00 – 1.00): Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jan, 1.30 and 4.30
Tickets: Adult £12, Concessions £8, Family ticket (2 adults plus 2 children or 1 adult plus 3 children) £35
Audience members will be asked to walk from scene to scene.
The performance will last a maximum of 90 mins. It is suitable for wheelchair users.

Venue: Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London, Handyside Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA.

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KAYA – in concert

KAYA logo

IN CONCERT

Traditional Korean harp and acoustic guitar played by Ji Eun Jung and Sung Min Jeon

Saturday 20 October at 3.00 p.m.
The Barn Theatre, 24 Greencoat Place, SW1P 1RD

KAYA - Ji Eun Jung (kayageum) and Sung Min Jeon (acoustic guitar)

KAYA will present an afternoon of traditional Korean music. The name Kaya derives from the Korean instrument ‘kayagum’. Ji Eun Jung will play the modern twenty-five string kayagum and Sung Min Jeon the acoustic guitar. They have been performing together since 2002 in Korea and since 2005 in Europe after they settled in U.K. KAYA has performed for various diplomatic, corporate,cultural and charity events including London City Hall, the British Museum, Asia House, Oxford University and the Chelsea Flower Show.

Ji Eun Jung studied for her BA in Korean Traditional Music at Ewha Woman’s University and followed this with an MA in Asian Music at Dong Gook University. She has since performed all over the world.

Sung Min Jeon is a Korean guitarist and folk singer-songwriter who mainly plays a steel string acoustic guitar with a harmonica. He started playing the guitar when he was thirteen years of age and his passion for music was inspired by his family. His father plays various instruments and is also a singer, whilst his mother used to run a record shop. His uncle is the leader of the greatest Korean folk duo, ‘Sunflower’ (해바라기).

To reserve seats
Phone: 020 7798 6000
Email: reception@london.iofc.org
Write to: Friends of Renewal Arts (UK),
24 Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD

www.kaya-music.co.uk

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Soon Yul Kang (강순열) at Portland The Gallery

Autumn Exhibition

Date: 5th September – 31st October 2012
Venue: Portland The Gallery
80 Hill Rise, Richmond, Surrey, TW 10 6UB
Gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 9am – 3pm.

Portland the Gallery Autumn Exhibition poster

Three artists are invited for Autumn Exhibition at Portland The Gallery in Richmond from the 5th September until the 31st October.

Works on Exhibition include Hand Woven Tapestry, Acrylic, Watercolours and Mixed Media artworks.

Soon Yul Kang: Sea of Silence (2005), Hand Woven Tapestry, 61x85cm, wool & cotton

Soon Yul Kang: Sea of Silence (2005), Hand Woven Tapestry, 61x85cm, wool & cotton

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Chelsea Postgraduate Summer Show: Jean Kim (김전), Yonghyun Lim_Jackie (임용현), Joon Hwan Lim (임준환) & Sooji Shin (신수지)

Chelsea Postgraduate Summer Show

The show features work of graduating students from Chelsea’s MA courses and will be held across the college’s campus on Millbank, opposite Tate Britain and next to the River Thames.

Private View: Friday 7 September 2012, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 8-Thursday 13 September 2012
Venue: Chelsea College of Art and Design, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU

Jean Kim, Yonghyun Lim (Jackie), and Joon Hwan Lim are exhibiting in rooms CG11, CG01 and CLG17 respectively. Sooji Shin’s room sadly lacks a number.

Chelsea postgraduate show poster

Yonghyun Lim_Jackie & Sooji Shin at Mokspace Gallery

Date: 23 Aug – 3 Sep 2012 / Opening Hours : 11am – 6pm, Every day
Venue: MOKSPACE Gallery / 33 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH

Symposium poster

Following the East meets West: Art and Design Now exhibition, Mokspace has put together a competition in order to create a talent pool for professional designers and artists.

Symposium is a selection of artworks and designs that remediates the possibilities of various expressions through use of differentiated genres and its interactions with each others.

Symposium exhibits works of 13 artists consisting of painting, drawing, flexography, sculpture, jewellery, pottery, accessory design, mosaic and photography.

The 13 artists included in Symposium – Karen Parry, Valeriya Vygodnaya, Taegyun Kim, Yonghyun Lim_Jackie, Sanghyun Kim, Hyerim Kim, Kyungmin Lee, Sungmin Han, Sooji Shin, Eunkyung Jeon, Sunsuk Ahn, U Hyun Bong, Miyeon Lee’s individual practices result in representations of objects and events that enticed each artist.

London is currently booming with artists who are constantly experimenting and challenging the public with different sources/forms to show.

Along with this exhibition, Mokspace is hoping to entice the public with differentiated medium that we can find easily around us used in unconventional ways. Also, this exhibition would bring synergy effect on the both young emerging artists and professional artist who are already participating in various biennales and art fairs as they would be able to see their works in a new light.

Each work accurately portrays events and objects as the artists see it and they hope to show beyond what they see – in their own construction and invite us to participate in interpreting them in our own way.

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Sooji Shin (신수지) in POP-UP Design Exhibition

Located on Cheshire Street, just off Brick Lane, the shop will feature emerging designers in fashion, accessories, footwear, and interior product design. The shop will be also promoting indie book writers and their latest publications.

Date: 15th August – 14th September 2012
Venue: POP-UP gallery, Brick Lane, 28 Cheshire Street E2 6EH, London

Soojis poster

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Francesca Cho at the Riverside Studios

A Pair of Fragile Glasses

Francesca Cho
Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, W6 9LR
12-31 August 2012

Study for Fragility

Study for “Fragility”, 2012. Ash, acrylic & pencil on paper

Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios, one of London’s leading arts venues, comprising a theatre, cinema and gallery, is hosting Francesca Cho’s Solo Show (12th – 31st August).

This influential gallery area has flourished since Channel 4’s opening night launch party was held at the Studios in 1982.

Alongside her new ash paintings, Korean born abstract artist Francesca Cho presents a series of study works and drawings on paper from 1996 – present, which have never before been seen in public.

“Art is an important part of our lives; it can be found and seen everywhere. When an artist says something is art people become aware of it, whether or not they entirely agree or disagree with the statement.” – F. Cho

Fragility 2012

‘Fragility’ 2012, Oil and mixed media on canvas, Francesca Cho

www.riversidestudios.co.uk
Box Office 020 8237 1111 Reception 020 8237 1000
Riverside Studios
Crisp Road
Hammersmith
W6 9LR
Monday-Friday 8:30 – 23:00 | Saturday 10:00 – 23:00 | Sunday 10:00 – 22:30

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Soon Yul Kang at Art in Action 2012

Soon Yul Kang: Inner Peace (2011)

Soon Yul Kang: Inner Peace (2011). Hand Woven Tapestry, diameter 80cm. Wool, cotton

Soon Yul Kang has been invited as a demonstrating artist at Art in Action since 2010. She will again be there from July 19 -22, at Waterperry House, Wheatley, Oxfordshire.

She shows her serene tapestries and demonstrates how she works in the Textiles marquee. She also will be exhibiting her woven tapestry at the Best of Best exhibition.

Art in Action is a festival of fine art and master craftsmanship staged in the grounds of Waterperry House, Oxfordshire. Each July artists set up their studios in one of the many marquees and work in front of visitors, giving them the rare opportunity to observe the creative process at first hand. Over 150 artists from around the globe will demonstrate their skills in a wide range of disciplines for an audience of enthusiastic and enquiring visitors.

Venue: Waterperry House & Gardens, Waterperry, Nr Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ
Dates: Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 July 2012
Times: 10.00am – 5.30pm

www.artinaction.org.uk
www.soonyulkang.com

Gumok, a new musical at the Chelsea Theatre

KAA member Seyoung Jeong (정세영) is set designer for the new musical Gumok, which will be receiving two performances at the Chelsea Theatre on 30 June:

Gumok

Gumok graphic

Date: 30th June, 2012
Place: Chelsea Theatre (SW10 0DR)
Time: 5pm and 8pm
Price: Pay what you like (min. £1)

Project Team Gumok presents a new musical “Gumok” at 5pm and 8pm on 30th June at Chelsea Theatre in London.

“Gumok” is the story of a Korean girl, who was made a victim of sexual slavery by the Japanese Military during the 2nd World War, and is based on a true story.

This show is an experimental piece of musical theatre performed by three female actors. The running time will be approximately 60 minutes without intermission.

We hope this show will raise awareness of the atrocities committed against women during the 2nd World War. There were thousands of victims of the Japanese Military, called ‘The Comfort Women’, Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Taiwanese, Dutch but mostly Korean. Only 63 Korean women are still alive out of the 234 who registered as victims and there have been demonstrations in front of the Japanese Embassy in Korea every Wednesday since 1992. All profits from this show will be donated to the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by the Japanese which officially supports “Gumok”.

Gumok poster

“Gumok” is a collaborative work of Project Team Gumok, a creative group of young Korean artists in the UK and Korea. Jo Cho, director and writer of this piece is a former Korean musical theatre actor, currently a MA student at Arts Educational Schools, London. Gihoon Ju is a composer who studied at the Conservatorio de Santa Cecilia, Italy. And the co-operative choreographer Hany Park is a freelance Korean Traditional dancer and is studying musical theatre in the UK at the moment.

The Cast

Gumok: Jihay Kim | Seul Lee | SooJung Cho

The Creative Team

Director: Jo Cho
Music: Gihoon Ju
Co‐operative Choreographer: Hany Park
Set Designer: Seyoung Jeong
Costume Designer: Shin Young Park
Projection Designer: Gi Young Kwak
Graphic Designer: Jungsu Park
Makeup Designer: Claire Kyung Joo Chung
Photographer: Taemin Song
Assistant Director: Su‐Min Hwang
Production Manger: Song Yee Kim
Producer: Camilla Jung Lee

For more information about “Gumok”, visit www.facebook.com/musicalGumok.

http://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/gumok/

Performed in English and Korean.
All profits will be donated.

Place Not Found: Korean Art Now at Foreman’s Smokehouse Gallery

Three KAA members will be participating in the high-profile exhibition at an exciting venue overlooking the Olympic Stadium – Foreman’s Smokehouse Gallery.

Place Not Found: Korean Art Now

Foreman’s Smokehouse Gallery
Stour Road | Fish Island | Hackney Wick | E3 2NT
10 May – 3 June 2012

About the Exhibition

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery is delighted to present ‘Place Not Found’ curated by Eunjung Shin, showing work by 15 South Korean artists most of whom relocated their working places from South Korea to London. Forman’s smokehouse, Britain’s oldest salmon smokers was likewise forced to relocate by the Olympic development to its current premises, overlooking the London 2012 Olympic Park. The works represented in the gallery space embody the artists’ experiences of a search for a place that can not be found. The gallery becomes a site for storytelling, exploring both existing and imaginary places in personal, conceptual, cultural and political spheres.

Place Not Found - poster

Place Not Found also relates to the transition of Hackney Wick from a traditional industrial zone to a vibrant spot of creativity. This progression inspires participating artists in Place Not Found presenting their perceptions as they respond to notions of rapid change and new surroundings.

Place Not Found is a group exhibition showing a big variety of work such as sculpture, paintings, photography and installations.

About the Artists

Jinkyun Ahn shows photographs of his cave in the form of a tent made from white cloth hung from the ceiling. By performing personal rituals in front of the camera including photographic equipment such as light stands and electric wires he turns the family relationship into an objective rather than a personal experience.

Chinwook Kim describes himself as an agent of healing for people who depart from reality and lose their identity. In his paintings and sculptures in the ‘Inside and outside’ series, he demonstrates how to maintain a balance between the conscious and the subconscious world.

Beomsik Won worked with construction sites in South Korea creating new photographic images and in the UK he has worked with Britain’s buildings in the same way. The Archisculpture Project makes new stories, connecting every meaning of architecture by dismantling a cityscape.

Luna Jung-eun Lee‘s work is based on collage, constructed and deconstructed found fragmental images that explore the socio-cultural forms in our global community. Her work directly indicates contradictory principles, real and fake, natural and artificial, analog and digital.

Minae Kim’s Conundrums, her telescope style sculpture provides viewers with a dilemma in which they similarly experience trying to understand their selves and their surroundings.

Jiho Won questions the place where we belong. He criticizes the fact that people draw a line between them and others with a symbol of distinction such as a flag and kill each other because they do not belong together. His war memorial with replicated coffins represents meaningless death in the war and De-Union Jack demonstrates his attempt to remove a flag as an emblem of differentiation.

Jungyun Roh has collected images of London with her drawings of sites of cultural significance. For example, she had observed the construction process of the Olympic Stadium. She recreates her own image of London with this collection of cultural symbols.

Shan Hur‘s sculptures present a puzzle: viewers must find the sculptures in the gallery and complete the crossword puzzle. The source objects for his bronze sculptures were found by the artist in ordinary scenes such as on the street or in office buildings. These places have since disappeared and now only the objects remain, embodying his memories and creating new memories for his viewers.

Francesca Cho: Poet's Soul No 5

Francesca Cho: Poet's Soul No 5 (2010-2012) Lawn and candles. Dimensions variable. Sponsored by Rolawn.

Francesca Cho “Our days on earth are like grass, like wild flowers, we bloom and die…” (Psalms). The transient nature of our existence has become the defining element in Francesca Cho’s work. Her installation does not need to be mowed; without active intervention, the grass will wither and dry within two weeks indoors, or within six weeks out of doors.

Francesca Cho: The World Turns Upside Down (2011) Oil and ash on canvas, 183 x 183 cm

Francesca Cho: The World Turns Upside Down (2011) Oil and ash on canvas, 183 x 183 cm

Sejin Moon’s Neutral Territory series explores women in their working environments. Moon’s photographic work has been highly influenced by her cultural journey moving from South Korea to the UK and her personal experiences in her professional life.

Kyunghee Park is working with the unique time of trace,which overlaps with the present when the subject, that is, the trace exists; however, it is never the time that belongs to the concept of the present time. Her 17 years old Tool Box is the time of trace itself. By using transformation into a shape which seems to be an metamorphosed skin, she intends to represent herself.

Hyunjun Kim & Taeyoung Kim: Lightscape. Installation, back-illuminated perspex

Hyunjun Kim & Taeyoung Kim: Lightscape. Installation, back-illuminated perspex

Hyunjun Kim & Taeyoung Kim‘s collaboration work, ‘Light-scape’ is composed of the immaterial landscape of Korean mountains. It conveys memories of their home country, the sun, wind and streams which they cannot find in the UK. It is an abstract, collective pattern which extends its boundaries to the site it occupies through the manipulation of lighting effects.

Hyunjun Kim & Taeyoung Kim: Fishermen's River. Installation, solid acrylic, florescence, metal powders

Hyunjun Kim & Taeyoung Kim: Fishermen's River. Installation, solid acrylic, florescence, metal powders

Jukhee Kwon treats a book as an artistic material which allows her to visualize her imagination and ideas. Her first reaction is to the space and the interaction with the place where the book will be situated. Many creations follow on from the destruction of old things. Jukhee Kwon’s book is no longer a book that is used in daily life but it is given new meaning through the perceptions of other people.

Eunhyea Choi leads viewers to invisible space across time. She represents the faint outlines of the invisible beings, the lingering ambiance of light and the emotional respiration coming from the stream of sub conscience, all experienced through the mutual perception of time and space.

Visitor Information

Address: Stour Road Fish Island Hackney Wick E3 2NT London
Opening Hours: Thursday – Friday: 5pm –9pm; Saturday – Sunday: 12am – 5pm
Contact: smokehousegallery@formans.co.uk
Nearest Tube: Hackney Wick Overground
Buses: 8 26 30 236 276 388 488
Website: http://www.smokehousegallery.org

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KAA members in Chelsea MA interim show

MAFA Chelsea Show poster

Two KAA members — Jeon Kim (김전) and Yonghyun Lim (임용현) — will be showing their work at the Chelsea MA Fine Art Interim Show 2012

The show as a whole is divided into three groups and runs from 1 – 12 May

Yonghyun Lim is in Group 2: 5 – 8 May (Closed 6 & 7 May for the Bank Holiday). Private View is Friday 4th May, 6-8 pm

Jeon Kim is in Group 3: 11 – 12 May. Private View is Thursday 10th May, 6-8pm

Opening times: Mon – Fri 10.00 – 20.00 / Sat 10.00 – 16.00

Venue: Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU