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

Nokha: Interactive performances in hanoks composed by Jee Soo Shin

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About Nokha

NOKHA (Nokha.org) is a music installation in which the sounds interact with the spatial disposition of the “audience” in the installation.

Fragments of pre-composed music will be played at predetermined points as and when the visitors will coincidentally or haphazardly arrive at them.

This project is inspired by the beautiful hanok in Gahoedong, which is one of the last traditional hanoks in Seoul preserved in its entirety, with hopes to bring awareness of the loss of authentic hanoks in South Korea.

Twilight at Gahoe-dong 31-79, venue of the Seoul performance. Photo: nokha.org
Twilight at Gahoe-dong 31-79, venue of the Seoul performance. Photo: nokha.org

Composer Jee Soo Shin

Jee-soo Shin“Jee Soo Shin is a Korean composer who currently splits her time between London and Seoul. Beginning her musical journey as a child, Jee Soo went on to study at Seoul National University, followed by an MA at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and a PhD at the University of Southampton, England where she studied with Michael Finnissy.

While educated in the works of legendary composers Jee Soo refuses to stay within the boundaries of conventional composition. Instead her work crosses into the realms performance art, sonic interpretation, and John Cage’s helter skelterlike avant garde experiments. Yet perhaps the most important detail is that Jee Soo’s work is contemporary and therefore relevant to the world outside of art, approaching the environments that we swirl around within from a composer’s perspective, and creating bold work derived from these experiences.”
text by Dann Gaymer

Production crew

Jaewoo Joung Engineer at Mando Hella Electronics Korea
Ian Park IT consultant at NDS UK

Performers

Eun Ja Youn geomungo
Principal geomungo at Seongnam Municipal Troop of Korean Traditional Performing Arts
Sooah Lee violin
Lecturer at Chonbuk National University and Jeonju Art High School
Sin Gyu Hwang flute
Prix de Perfectionnement at C.R.R. de Rueil-malmaison
Chris Jaewoong Yang toy piano
Lecturer at Sun Wha Art School and Anyang Art High School

The tour

Seoul April 21 2012 7:00 pm
31-79 Gahoe-dong

Jeonju May 11 2012 7:00 pm
Jeonju Hanok Living Experience Center

Hamyang May 12 2012 7:00 pm
263-1, Gaepyeong-ri, Jigok-myeon

Duration 50 minutes
Information 010 3488 9842
Admission free
Sponsors David & Jade Kilburn, MyungGaWon
Supported by kahoidong.com, Jeonju Hanok Living Experience Centre

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Soo Ji Shin (신수지) at Canary Wharf

Under the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf there’s a busy shopping centre. In amongst the arcades there are window displays which advertise some of the shops. But there are also art and design displays which are open daily and showcase up-and-coming artists, designers and craftspeople. Soo Ji Shin is exhibiting her chandeliers and lighting designs in the Lightbox Gallery during January and February.

Date: 5 Jan – 24 Feb 2012
Venue: Lightbox Gallery, Canada Walk, Canada Place
http://www.canarywharf.com/visitus/Public–Art/Events/
www.soojis.com

Soo Ji’s designs are fresh and unusual. She strives to bring movement to ordinarily motionless lighting. Chandeliers look as if they are sea creatures that gather when people feed them. Soo Ji’s designs are all bespoke, made by her own hand sewing.

Soo Ji Shin: 'Sails' floor lamp
Soo Ji Shin: 'Sails' floor lamp

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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Hyunseok Lee (이현석) at Haein Art Project

Haeinsa Temple is hosting its first contemporary art exhibition, involving 34 artists from 10 countries, to commemorate the millennial anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana, which UNESCO has designated one of the “most important and most complete corpus of Buddhist doctrinal texts in the world.”

Among the 34 international artist in the exhibition is Hyunseok Lee, who is contributing a 10 minute video work entitled 1,000 years.

Lee Hyun-seok: Still image from 1,000 Years (2011) - 10 minute video work
Lee Hyun-seok: Still image from 1,000 Years (2011) - 10 minute video work

Lee comments:

This artwork, 1,000 years, represents the 1,000 years of the Tripitaka Koreana and the 1,200 years history of the Haeinsa monastery through the digital images artwork in order to deliver the historic and religious meaning of the Tripitaka Koreana and Haeinsa itself.

Particularly, I have focused on exploring the representation of Buddhist philosophical principles and sacred experience by dramatising abstract and surreal environments displaying Korean architecture and the Tripitaka Koreana. This encourages audiences to feel the ‘sacredness’ which is a unique and indigenous form of Korean tradition. The Buddhist style of narration hopefully will evoke a dramatic feeling to explore the holistic passion and pride about the Tripitaka Koreana. The English voiceover also will deliver the deep meaning of the Korean Buddhism to people from all over the world.

This form of art work, using the ‘Animated Spiritual Documentary’ genre, explores the beauty of the physical outlook as well as the metaphysical meaning using the both realistic and surreal expression based on my subjective and artistic interpretation to share the ‘feeling’ with audiences.

通 | 통 | Tong
Date: Sept 23, 2011 – Nov 6, 2011 (45 days)
Organizer: Haein Art Project
Host: Haeinsa Temple
Curators: Yu Yeon Kim(Chief), Jiwoong Yoon
Advisors: Gerardo Mosquera, Martin Brauen
Venue: Haeinsa Temple, Hapcheon, Korea
Haein Art Project: 44-1 Chiin-ri, Gaya, Hapcheon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea, (678-895)
TEL: 055-934-3175 (English); 055-934-3173 (Korean); Fax 055-934-3174
Web: www.haeinart.org Email: pr.haeinart@gmail.com

KAYA in concert at the KCC

KAYA Concert: ‘Bridge’

Harmony of Korean traditional harp ‘kayagum’ and guitar
Korean Cultural Centre UK: Multi Purpose Hall
Friday 21st October 2011 7pm – 8:30pm
Register via info@kccuk.org.uk | 020 7004 2600

Kaya

The team name ‘KAYA’ derives from the Korean traditional instrument ‘kayagum’. Ji Eun Jung plays the modern 25 string kayagum with Sung Min Jeon playing acoustic guitar. They’ve been performing together since 2002 in Korea and since 2005 in Europe after they settled in UK. They’ve performed for various diplomatic, corporate, cultural and charity events including at London City Hall, British Museum, Asia House, Oxford University, Chelsea Flower Show. They were often invited to perform to represent Korea, and also stand for the harmony between the East and the West, and the bridge between Korea and the world. They’ve released two CDs: ‘Bridge’ and ‘Korean Breeze’ in UK. Official website: www.kaya-music.co.uk

Ji Eun Jung

Ji Eun Jung is a professional kayagum player and a national initiator of the Important Intangible Cultural Assets of Korea, No.23 Jook Pa Kim Sanjo. She did her BA in Korean Traditional Music at Ewha Woman’s University and MA in Asian Music at Dong Gook University. After graduate she had performed all over the world.

Sung Min Jeon

Sung Min Jeon is a Korean guitarist and folk singer songwriter. He mainly plays a steel string acoustic guitar with a harmonica. He started playing the guitar when he was 13. His passion for music was inspired by his family. His father plays various instruments and is also a great singer, while his mother used to run a record shop. His uncle is the leader of the greatest Korean folk duo, ‘Sunflower’.

Program

1. Sanjo
Sanjo, Korean representative music for solo instruments, was developed in the 19th century. It is thought to have been developed from shinawi, a form of improvisation played in shamanistic ceremonies in Jeolla Province, in the south western part of the Korean peninsula. Originally, Sanjo was improvised music but now the forms are set. It has five movements which increase in tempo Chinyangjo, Chungmori, Chungjungmori, Chajinmori and Hwimori.

2. Amazing Grace
‘Amazing grace’ is a hymn written by English poet and clergyman ‘John Newton’ (1725-1807). It is one of the most recognizable songs in the world. Ji Eun Jung tries to arrange the song to fit 25 strings Kayagum.

3. Thinking of you
Sung Min composed ‘Thinking of You’ inspired by one rainy day when he thought of someone he loves.

4. Heart for the people
This is Ji Eun’s own composition. As is well known, her home country Korea has been divided into North and South for more than 50 years. In the face of such geographical and ideological division, she believes the most important thing is to continue to love the people who are suffering.

5. Your theme
In Ji Eun’s composition ‘Your Theme’, she intends listeners to let their feelings roam freely inspired by the emotion of the music.

6. Dokdo
Sung Min’s composition ‘Dokdo’ was inspired by Dokdo, the island of the Korean coast in the East Sea. It literally means ‘Solitary Island’ in Korean. It’s a small but beautiful island. Also Dokdo is special and means a lot to Koreans. It’s in every Korean’s heart.

7. Market day / People of the sea / The field – ‘Home’
With photo slide show of Ji Eun’s father Jung Hoi Jung’s photo works – Korean rural scenery in 1970’s
Ji Eun composed and arranged ‘Market day’ and ‘People of the Sea’ inspired by the photos taken by her father, Mr. Jung Hoi Jung, a professional photographer. His photos show scenes of Korea in 1970s. ‘Home’ is Sung Min’s composition.

8. The narrow way
‘The Narrow Way’ is Ji Eun’s own composition and words. There are many ways in our life, but she believes that the true way of life is narrow.

9. New Arirang
Joined by daegum, the traditional Korean bamboo flute, and keyboard
‘Arirang’, is the most representative Korean traditional folk song. ‘Arirang’ is an ancient native Korean word. ‘Ari’ means ‘beautiful’ and ‘rang’ can mean ‘dear’. Ji Eun arranged ‘Arirang’ into a modern style.

Francesca Cho: “This is not just a picture” at Mayfair Library

Francesca Cho participated in a group exhibition entitled “Free Words” in the Mayfair Library three years ago. She returns to the same venue with a solo show this month:

This is not just a picture

Mayfair Library Exhibition Hall
25 South Audley Street
London W1K 2PB
October 14th – November 5th
11am – 7pm Monday – Friday
10.30am – 2pm Saturday

Francesca Cho: This is not a picture
Francesca Cho: Untitled (2011). Oil and ash on canvas, 91 x 71 cm

The title of the exhibition ‘This is not just a picture’ is a reference to the involved process that Francesca Cho employs when creating her work namely, painting with a mixture of ash and paint.

The ash is produced by burning former belongings e.g. old photos, letters, catalogues, paintings or drawings, legal documents and papers which showed the artist’s name and address. The presence of unforgettable stories within the ash is now embedded in the paint of Cho’s canvasses.

Ash is a symbol of mortality. The beautiful images created therefore are not just aesthetic, but are also an expression of her emotional response to everyday tragedies in the news and her desire to transform this into something more positive. In doing so they become cathartic.

‘Opening Performance’ at 7.30pm
In their performance art collaboration entitled: Elasticized Probation, Part I, Francesca Cho and Dagmar Glausnitzer-Smith will explore an “intertransitexchangecommunication” an experiment between sound, voice and object. Cho’s words are from the sources of SIJO – Korean traditional poetry – and their foreign-ness will meet with Glausnitzer-Smith’s sounds of everyday objects. The artists move within the boundaries of their own individual entity, however are deceivingly connected.

Curated by Camille Rodskjaer

www.francescacho.com

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Jee Soo Shin in Oze escapade series 1 – 3

Oze

O:Ze is created by two composers who specialise in contemporary music. The primary interest of the group is to embody compositions that contain visual and spacial elements and to give platform for performances of such works, which are mostly ill-fitted in a traditional concert venue. The name O:Ze comes from the french verb oser.

The Seoul-Foundation-of-Arts-and-Culture-funded inaugural event will take place on the 8th of October in Seoul Art Space Mullae, where acoustic avant-garde will be showcased and given chance for a wider audience. O:Ze also aims to engage in collaborative projects with visual artists and dancers to create a pool of multi-disciplinary artists, and to explore the meaning of music performance in a contemporary society.

Co-executive, project coordinator, web editor, translator and composer Jee Soo Shin studied piano and composition during her middle- and high-school days at Sun-Hwa Art School, and BA in composition at Seoul National University. During her study at the university, she performed many of her pieces at various concerts in Korea, including the New Artists’ Concert held in Sejong Arts’ Centre in Seoul. She studied composition and music theory at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg and won a Raiffeisen-Klassik-Preis in 2004. She finished her studies in 2006 with distinction, which lead her to win a Bernhard-Paumgartner Medal. Her works have been performed in Korea, Austria, Switzerland, Serbia, United Kingdom and South Africa.

Jee Soo Shin is awarded PhD at University of Southampton from her study with Michael Finnissy. Her works can be heard at www.jisushin.com.

Joohee Chun – artist in residence for styrianARTfoundation, Austria

Joohee Chun: Miracle (2011). Acrylic on Canvas 125 x 125 cm
Joohee Chun: Miracle (2011). Acrylic on Canvas 125 x 125 cm

Joohee Chun has the honour of being the first foreign artist to be appointed Artist in Residence by styrianARTfoundation. “Every thing was new and exotic experience for me to improve my art,” said Joohee of her time in Graz, Austria. The product of the three-week residency was Miracle (shown above).

This is the seventh artist in residence programme organised by the styrianARTfoundation and this year is entitled NO PLASTIC. The programme results in two exhibitions:

Date: 8 -18 September 2011 & 4 Oct.-10 Nov. 2011
Venue 1: The ORF Radio House Gallery, Graz, Austria (8 Sep. – 18 Sep.)
Venue 2: HYPO Steiermark BANK Gallery, Graz, Austria (4 Oct. – 10 Nov.)

Curious Tiptoe — Lunacy: stuck in my head!

KAA member WooJung Kim would like to invite you to a performance as part of the Empty Shop Project (http://emptyshopproject.tumblr.com/) in Dorking.

Curious Tiptoe -- Lunacy: stuck in my head!

The EMPTY SHOP PROJECT is a six-week dance event filled with workshops, performances, films, photographs and writing about dance.

Six teams present their work on Saturday 13th August. WooJung Kim and two choreographers work together as Curious Tiptoe group, in which they perform together as dancers.

Curious Tiptoe
Lunacy: stuck in my head!

Do I look crazy?
Is it real madness? Or maybe just too much focus?
Well, it could be you…

Somewhere in a place far away from this, it comes to you: Addicted! To what? It does not matter, the only thing that matters here now and today, is that we all know what it feels like. We don’t talk about drugs here. We talk about what three artists found in their very own soul that moment.

So, sit and come with us – you might find it too.

Addiction combines humans darkest, yet most intense as well as ordinary features. Start diving!

Choreography and performance: Britta Barthel, WooJung Kim and Marina Pogiatzi

The show is running twice; 12pm and 3pm.
Address – 11 St Martins Walk, Dorking, RH4 1UT
Mobile – 0789 105 2912
website – www.superbdancetheatre.blogspot.com

Empty shop blog – http://emptyshopproject.tumblr.com/

Soon Yul Kang at Art in Action

Soon Yul Kang demonstrates her tapestry weaving techniques and exhibits her hand woven tapestries at Art in Action, 21-24 July 2011. She will be showing her own unique style of weaving which is based on subtlety of colour.

Soon Yul Kang: Meditation (2006) Hand Woven Tapestry: wool, linen, cotton. 75x100cm
Soon Yul Kang: Meditation (2006) Hand Woven Tapestry: wool, linen, cotton. 75x100cm

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, Waterperry, Nr Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ
Dates: Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 July
Times: 10.00am -5.30pm
www.artinaction.org.uk
www.soonyulkang.com

The Beauty of Traditional Korean Furniture at Gallery Han

Kitty Jun-Im McLaughlin will be appearing in a joint exhibition in New Malden later this week:

Gallery Han Summer Exhibition
Traditional Korean Furniture sidebarThe Beauty of Traditional Korean Furniture
21 – 27 July

Korea was generally known as the “Hermit Kingdom” by the West until early twentieth century, and therefore it is quite recent phenomenon that Korean culture has been introduced to the world audiences. In many cases, Korean ceramics, white porcelains, calligraphies and genre paintings are being quoted as significant Korean cultural or artistic asset. However, a startling realization that not many people around world or even perhaps Korean themselves do not realize Korea has a long tradition of making furniture and their excellent craftsmanship.

Korean furniture is practically unique among the furniture of the world in terms of practicality, sensitive designs, compact forms, and simple. Its uniqueness of designs developed as a result of the Korean custom of sitting on cushions and mats on the floor. Our summer exhibition will demonstrate natural beauty of the furniture with its stories and values.

The exhibition also includes flower arrangements by Jane Packer and fine painting by Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin.

39 Coombe Gardens | New Malden | KT3 4AB | 10:00 – 18:00
21 – 27 July (Closed Sunday 24 July)
Jinsoo Park. 07951 746614
www.galleryhan.com

Francesca Cho in Dolphin Square group show

Hidden behind the walls of the beautiful 1930s apartments of Dolphin Square in Pimlico lies a hidden gem – the exquisitely kept Moroccan Gardens. To mark the relaunch of the gardens Collective Studios has invited artists from across ACAVA studios together with additional selected guests to show their current work in an inaugural exhibition.

Fundamental Elementals
Fundamental Elementals. Francesca Cho (2001). Oil & mixed media on canvas, 52 x 52 cm

In anticipation of her forthcoming exhibition in the autumn (details to be announced shortly) Francesca Cho will be showing an oil and mixed media on canvas at this group show.

Contemporary Art Exhibition at
The Moroccan Gardens,
Dolphin Square,
Pimlico
SW1V 3LX

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2011
11am – 5pm

Private view: Friday 15th July,
6pm – 9pm
Drinks available from Dolphin Bar and Grill
Music by The Vaults Quartet
www.collectivestudios.co.uk
www.francescacho.com

Samulnori at the Korean Food Fest

This Saturday, 9 July, is the annual Korean Food Festival at the Fountain Pub in New Malden (120 Malden Road, New Malden KT3 6DD), from midday until late afternoon. KAA member and samulnori drummer Jeung Hyun Choi will be doing a samulnori performance at around 12:30 with some of her drumming students. If you are interested in Korean food and music, it will be a great chance to enjoy them both in the Fountain’s large beer garden.

The Food Fest, part of the New Malden Fortnight, is always a fun and lively event, with loads of food stalls and entertainments.

Korean Food Festival