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

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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

Eyes on Korea – a lecture by Ralph Rugoff

As part of the K-arts stream of All Eyes on Korea, Ralph Rugoff will be giving a talk on contemporary Korean arts at the KCC on Friday 13th July. There’s a rumour that Kim Beom, whose exhibition starts at the Hayward Gallery Project Space the following week will also be part of the evening.

Eyes on Korea – a lecture by Ralph Rugoff

The Director of Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre

Friday, 13 July 2012, 19:00
The Korean Cultural Centre UK

Ralph RugoffCelebrating Korean culture festival All Eyes On Korea, the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) will be hosting a lecture on contemporary Korean art by Ralph Rugoff, the Director of Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre as a part of Global Korea lecture series.

Relating to recent Korean artists Choi Jeong Hwa’s outdoor installation ‘Time After Time (2012)’ and Lee Bul’s lecture in Wide Open School ‘From Me, Belongs To You Only’ at the Southbank Centre and the previous exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff will talk about his experiences in curating Korean artists. He also formerly curated Suh Do Ho’s artwork at Hayward Gallery as a part of ‘Psycho Buildings: Artists take on Architecture (2008), and had a lecture on ‘Public Art: Temporary Public Projects in Art Museums,’ in which Choi Jeong Hwa also participated.

With his experience as an expert in contemporary art, his lecture will offer a unique insight into the series of exhibitions at Hayward Gallery as well as providing forum for young artists who are on the cusp of entering into the global art scene.

Since 2006, Ralph Rugoff has been Director of the Hayward Gallery, in London. As a curator he has organized numerous exhibitions including The Painting of Modern Life (2007), Psycho Buildings: Artists Take on Architecture (2008), Anthony Gormley: Blind Light (2007). In 2006, he was awarded the Ordway Prize for achievements in curating and criticism.

Please send us your RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk or Phone 0207 004 2600

Culture and Identity, Kokdu and me

To go with the opening of the KCC’s summer exhibition Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World, the president of the museum which is lending these figures will be giving a talk about her 30 year passion for Kokdu.

Culture and Identity, Kokdu and me: 30 Years of Art Management

DATE & VENUE: Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30 / Korean Cultural Centre UK
Speaker: Kim Ock Rang, Director of Kokdu Museum

Kim Ock RangHer desire to preserve the abandoned Kokdu led Kim to 30 years of systematic collection and study. Her work has assisted in raising awareness of this aspect of Korea’s folklore and now the Kokdu figurines are professionally researched and protected through the Kokdu Museum.

In relation to KCCUK’s summer 2012 exhibition, Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World, Kim Ock Rang will talk about her 30 years of art management ever since she encountered Kokdu. Her mission of ‘recreation of abandoned’ expanded from founding Kokdu Theatre Company and publishing Kokdu Magazine to establishing Dongsoong Art Centre, Ock Rang Culture Foundation, and Kokdu Museum in order to develop Kokdu into various art genres and to support isolated artists. For her, culture is people and their lives itself.

Kim Ock Rang is the founder and also currently president of Kokdu Museum and Dongsoong Art Center, the first private complex cultural space in Korea. Kokdu Museum which was founded in 2010 has about 20 thousand collections of Kokdu, the Korean traditional wood carving, and shows varied exhibitions, educations, products, and publications based on Kokdu.

The Kokdu figurines would have been placed on and around the funeral biers that were used to transport people to their mountain burial sites. These figures offer guidance, wisdom and beauty, helping the deceased on their journey to the other side and offering solace to the mourners.

Pre-booking necessary via info@kccuk.org.uk or phone 0207 004 2600

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

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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Exhibition review: Delayed Sojourn – London, home away from home

It was good to see the KCC so busy last Saturday afternoon. The attraction was the Korean Artists Association’s one-week exhibition: Delayed Sojourn – London, home away from home. And while there was plenty to enjoy inside, it was an unusual exhibit in the window that was drawing people in: 48 small glass bowls, each containing a small goldfish.

Hyun Jun Kim and Taeyoung Kim: Swarm With Me

Hyun Jun Kim and Taeyoung Kim: Swarm With Me - attracting attention outside the KCC

Entering the exhibition space was a calming experience: Soon Yul Kang’s hand woven tapestry Blue Moon (2011) welcomed you on the side wall,

Soon Yul Kang: Blue Moon (2011). Hand Woven tapestry, diameter 67.5cm

Soon Yul Kang: Blue Moon (2011). Hand Woven tapestry, diameter 67.5cm

while beyond were works by Joo-hee Chun (her abstract work built up with layers of acrylic) and Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin (her muted paintings based on hanji and calligraphy); and further on was an installation by Bada Song:

R to L: work by Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin, Joohee Chun and Bada Song

R to L: work by Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin, Joohee Chun and Bada Song

Song’s work was a tribute to Richard Serra’s Verb List Compilation: Actions to Relate to Oneself (1967-1968)

Bada Song - Korean verb list

Bada Song - Korean verb list

But her work was also in part an attempt to explore the Korean language – for Korean does not have words which are the direct equivalent of some on Serra’s list, for example “entropy”.

In the opposite corner of the space was something more down-to-earth:

Jean Kim: Naked Journey - tempo di minuetto (2011). Oil on linen, 140 x 185cm

Jean Kim: Naked Journey - tempo di minuetto (2011). Oil on linen, 140 x 185cm

Jean Kim’s Naked Journey is accompanied by a verse:

    Long and winding roads
    Off she goes
    Naked as she is
    Dancing to the city rhythms
    Oh, here she comes
    Naked as she is

In the multi-purpose space was a video projection and sculpture by Jung-gyun Chae:

Chae Jung-gyun: Maitreya (2011)

Chae Jung-gyun: Maitreya (2011)

The video contained interviews with members of the public about the nature of beauty and divinity. Chae himself gave an impromptu performance at the exhibition opening, holding up a protest placard containing the words 주먹이 운다 – in homage to Ryu Seung-wan’s Crying Fist – postcards of which line the reception of the KCC since the recent retrospective at the LKFF.

Hyunseok Lee: Spiritual Journey (2010). Print on canvas, 100 x 38 cm

Hyunseok Lee: Spiritual Journey (2010). Print on canvas, 100 x 38 cm

Hyeonseok Lee’s digital animations of Buddhist temple construction lined the video wall facing the street. Lee has just exhibited at the exhibition at Haeinsa celebrating 1,000 years of the Tripitaka Koreana.

Joon Hwan Lim: Cultural Flows (2011). Printed paper, dimensions variable

Joon Hwan Lim: Cultural Flows (2011). Printed paper, dimensions variable

At the end of the wall of video screens Joon Hwan Lim’s origami boats were pinned to the wall: an attempt to encapsulate the cultural diversity you find in London as an armada of tiny ships intermingling with each other.

Miso Park: Untitled. Photography and C-print, 62 x 84cm

Miso Park: Untitled. Photography and C-print, 62 x 84cm

Miso Park’s creative photographs took a more pessimistic view of the foreigner’s life in London, focusing on solitude, anonymity and the difficulty of managing their new life. In one work, a bewildered girl holds a duvet while waist-high in water, with the London skyline in the distance.

Shera Hyunim Park: Memory of Richmond Park (2010). Mixed media print on canvas, 65 x 65cm

Shera Hyunim Park: Memory of Richmond Park (2010). Mixed media print on canvas, 65 x 65cm

Shera Hyunyim Park gave a more naive, pastel-coloured view of London in her Memory of Richmond Park…

Unmi Lee: Fulham (2010) Mixed media

Unmi Lee: Fulham (2010) Mixed media

…while Unmi Lee’s collages of fabric and found objects presented a lively impression of West London.

In the final room the emphasis was on the crafts.

Myung Nam An’s Eyes dominated one of the walls…

Myung Nam An: Eyes (2011). Porcelain, 200 x 200cm

Myung Nam An: Eyes (2011). Porcelain, 200 x 200cm

…a selection of colourful porcelain items with shiny glaze – sea anenomes, artichokes and other delicately made circular objects.

Sun Kim’s ceramics were arranged against another wall, with delicately muted colours and matte surface…

Ceramics by Sun Kim

Ceramics by Sun Kim

… some of the items looked as if they could almost have been made out of carefully folded paper.

In the same room was a chandelier by Soo Ji Shin…

Soo Ji Shin: A Cluster. Polypropylene paper, 70 x 80 x 80cm

Soo Ji Shin: A Cluster. Polypropylene paper, 70 x 80 x 80cm

… with wisps of polypropylene paper sewn together like sails.

Returning back to the entrance along the video wall you were faced with Yonghyun Lim’s Oak Barrel inside which kaleidoscopic designs were projected, somewhat reminiscent of the Dr Who opening title sequence.

Yonghyun Lim: Oak Barrel (2011). Video Projection on oak wood, 69 x 69 x 100cmYonghyun Lim: video projection in Oak Barrel (2011)

Yonghyun Lim: Oak Barrel (2011). Video Projection on oak wood, 69 x 69 x 100cm

It was the end of the afternoon, and the 48 goldfish needed to be put to bed for the night. Young children were intrigued as Hyun Jun Kim carefully netted each fish one by one, putting them in a large bucket whence they could be safely deposited in a decent sized tank overnight to get some properly oxygenated water. The installation, entitled Swarm with Me by Hyun Jun Kim and Taeyoung Kim, represents the “personal journey of finding a home in London through the repetitive process of relocation.”

Putting the fish to bed for the night

Putting the fish to bed for the night

Delayed Sojourn – London, home away from home only lasted for a week, until 8th December. It’s a shame it couldn’t last longer, because it contains more of interest than many of the KCC’s longer-running shows. But maybe the fish will need a rest from being constantly on show.

This review was first published on London Korean Links.