Event report – an evening with the Korean Artists Association

Last summer, the Korean Artists Association put on an evening of performances at the Korean cultural centre. The evening was well attended and popular, but somehow you felt that they could do better. They came back 15 months later and did just that.

Recognising that the visual artists did not get much of a look-in last time (their work was projected onto the walls of the KCC’s multi-purpose space after the post-performance drinks had commenced), they were put at the beginning of the evening this time round. Five visual artists each showed two works on a powerpoint slideshow, while the evening’s presenter gamely attempted to do their work justice. The quality and variety of the visual art was picked up later in the evening by the quality and variety of the performers. Soon Yul Kang’s peaceful and lyrical tapestries, Kim Young-shin’s bold and imaginative bindings for special Folio Society commissions, Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin’s paintings, fusing east and west with the use of both canvas and hanji paper; Sunju Park’s bold glass sculptures combining so many different techniques, and finally Song Bada’s thought-provoking and humorous sculptures, again exploring east west. All the work shown would have been better appreciated if it were physically present in the room, and it is hoped that an exhibition will be organised for 2010.

Park Hye-kyung
Park Hye-kyung

As a transition to the musical performances, poet Park Hye Kyung recited her poem “the Rain that Fell in Season” to an atmospheric aural backdrop.

Hwang Dong-yoon plays daegeum
Hwang Dong-yoon plays daegeum

The first musician to perform, splendidly attired in traditional costume, was Hwang Dong-yoon, who played a 15th century piece for solo daegeum, followed by a contemporary fusion piece with the benefit of backing soundtrack, which had a distinctly latin flavour. Gugak fusion is a way of increasing the repertoire for traditional instruments in a way that is accessible for modern audiences – particularly western audiences unfamiliar with the idiom of Korean traditional music, and this particular example, like some of the pieces played by Sorea, was highly enjoyable.

Lee Heimi (soprano) with Ku Jian (piano)
Lee Heimi (soprano) with Ku Jian (piano)

The fusion theme bridging East and West, traditional and modern, was continued by the next performers, Lee Heimi from the Royal Academy of Music opera course, with her accompanist Ku Jian. Starting with a modern take on the traditional folk melody Arirang, Lee then dazzled the audience with her vocal pyrotechnics in an aria from Bellini’s I Puritani, set in the English civil war.

Jung Ji-eun plays Kayageum while her father's photographs are projected
Jung Ji-eun plays Kayageum while her father's photographs are projected

Next, a change of mood, and a multimedia experience. Jung Ji-eun, performed her own kayageum composition, accompanied with Jeon Sung-min on guitar and Hwang Dong-yoon on Sogeum. Meanwhile, on the main wall of the multi purpose space an evocative portfolio of black and white photographs by her father was projected. There were scenes of rural life, market day and the seaside from 30 years ago. One member of the audience from Busan said it took her right back to her childhood.

Younee performs True to You
Younee performs True to You

Younee announced her arrival on stage with the thunderous first few bars of Chopin’s Revolutionary Study, which morphed into her opening number summing up the theme of the evening: “East West”. A slower song followed, and then finally the title track from her new album, “True to You”. The keyboard, on loan from a Korean church in South London, can’t have had that much exercise since leaving the factory. The songs worked well accompanied with just the keyboard, enabling one to focus on the music, while the CD recording is sometimes too busy with added effects. Younee appreciated the chance to perform “East West” before a live audience prior to her upcoming gigs at Pizza Express. “I was very happy to see their eyes, and contact them through the music,” said Younee afterwards.

Park Sunnee
Park Sunnee

Finally, a healing dance from Park Sunnee, partly envisioned during a Son meditation retreat the previous month. Sunnee was accompanied by Piero Pierini on percussion and Therese Bann on flute. Both Park and Pierini have a strong interest in the healing aspects of shamanism. The part-improvised choreography and music brought feelings of both elation and meditation in turn, and the performance was a fitting end to the evening.

The artists and performers line up
The artists and performers line up

After all the work behind the scenes, the evening passed off seamlessly, encouraging people to expect even more next time.

Photos from “An Evening with the Korean Artists Association”, 16 October 2009

There will be a report of the evening soon, but in the meantime, here are some photos, courtesy of Lee Hyung-wook, managing editor of The East.

An invitation to an evening with the Korean Artists Association

Invitation - front

Detailed Programme | Performer Profiles | Visual Artist Profiles and credits

The Korean Artists Association
requests the pleasure of your company
for an evening of Korean Art and Culture

Friday 16th October 2009, 7pm – 9pm
at the Korean Cultural Centre UK,
Ground Floor, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5EJ

followed by drinks and canapés


Visual Art Project Show

Artists: Bada Song (Sculptor), Sunju Park (Glass artist), Youngshin Kim (Book binder), Soonyul Kang (Textile artist), Kitty Jun-Im Mclaughlin (Painter)

Traditional & Contemporary Korean Music

– Poem ‘The rain that fell in season’ – by Hye Kyung Park
– Daegum (Korean bamboo flute) – by Dong yoon Hwang
– Classical vocal – by He Mi Lee
– Kayagum – by Ji Eun Jung
– Keyboard & vocal – by Younee (Korean singer-songwriter-pianist)


– Dance – by Sunnee Park with Musicians Therese Bann and Piero Pierini

RSVP to koreanartuk@gmail.com

Invitation - back

Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin in Line Space Colour

Photo2Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin participates in a group exhibition comprising new work by six London-based artists at 5 Fountayne Road, London, N15 4QL. Nearest Tube Seven Sisters.

Exhibition dates 6 – 18 October 2009. Open every day, 12-6pm

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The essence of Kitty’s work derives from her integration of the duality of her experience of Korean and British culture, weaving them together to present an original and imaginative retelling of the influence of experience on the subject. The rich, tactile surfaces of her paintings, composed of rhythmic, linear elements cross the canvas in layers of Korean Hanji paper.

Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin
Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin

Jung Ji-eun Kayageum recital, 7 Oct

Jung Ji-EunJung Ji-eun will be a familiar performer to many of us in London. Go along and support her at the Asian Music Centre, where she launches the “Strings of Asia” series, in which the AMC will explore the family of Asian string instruments: Korean kayageum, Japanese Koto and Chinese guzheng with some of the best specialists in the field.

Wednesday 7 October, 6.30pm-7.30pm, £3

Jung Ji-Eun holds a BA in Korean Traditional Music from Ewha Women’s University and MA in Asian Religious Music from Dong Gook University. She is also a Chairwoman of Department of Traditional Instrumental Music of Gyounggi province. Ji-Eun is also a member of the Madangnory Mitchoo Korean traditional Orchestra. She has given numerous concerts in Korea, Canada, US and UK. She will introduce the Kayageum, a Korean traditional string instrument, in this first event of the Strings of Asia series.

The Asian Music Centre is at 1-2 Bradford Road (off Warple Way), Acton London W3 7SP
Train: Acton Central
Tube: Shepherd’s Bush / Turnham Green


An evening with the Korean Artists Association


The UK Korean Artists Association invite you to a varied evening of visual and performing arts on 16 October at the Korean Cultural Centre.

The Korean Artists Association was formed twelve years ago to represent UK-based Korean artists, and counts among its membership dancers, painters, sculptors, musicians and other creative artists. Their evening at the KCC in June 2008 was a great success, and now they return with a slightly different mix of talent.

Sunnee Park will perform a reinterpretation of traditional shamanistic dance, while Ji-eun Jung will play her own composition for Kayageum, People of the Sea, inspired by pictures taken by her father, the renowned photographer Jung-hoi Jung. The photographs will be projected onto the wall of the KCC’s multipurpose space during Ji-eun’s performance.

People of the Sea - Jung Hoi Jung
People of the Sea - Jung Hoi Jung

The Association is also delighted to welcome a special guest performer, the talented singer songwriter Younee, who is in London to perform at the Pizza Express Jazz Club and other venues. Younee will perform numbers from her new album, released this month.


The performances also include solo daegeum music from Dong-yoon Hwang, Classical and Korean folk songs from He Mi Lee, and poetry from Hye Kyung Park.

Some of the KAA’s visual and creative artists will also briefly introduce their work: Bada Song (sculptor), Sunju Park (glass artist), Kitty Junim McLaughlin (painter), Youngshin Kim (bookbinder) and Soon-yul Kang (textile artist).

The performances start promptly at 7pm on 16 October at the Korean Cultural Centre.

To confirm your place, please register in advance with koreanartuk@googlemail.com

Header design by Sunju Park

Exploring Korea’s Cultural Legacy

Hangeul flyer 1
For those who missed the Anglo-Korean Society event at the Korean Cultural Centre on 16th June, a slightly more extended version will be held at the Fulham Public Library this month, 16-19 July. Included will be all of Francesca Cho’s original paintings inspired by hangeul, Korea’s remarkable alphabet.

Exploring Korea’s Cultural Legacy from Past to Present
Francesca Cho: Hangul 7 (1996)Curated by Francesca di Fraia

A series of short films on Korea’s artistic and cultural treasures produced by the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be screened by Hang-jin Chang and Matthew Jackson. Francesca Cho will introduce a series of modern paintings inspired by King Sejong’s Hangeul alphabet, which continues to spiritually influence her work to this day.

The documentaries will include The Sarira Casket, Koryo Buddhist Paintings, The Seokkuram Grotto and Korea Today. These were shown to more than 2,000 people in Brussels at the Smile of Buddha exhibition, one of the largest offerings of Korean art to date with over 60,000 visitors.

Francesca Cho: North & South 1 (1997)Francesca Cho: North & South 2 (1997)

Francesca Cho: North and South 1 & 2 (1997)

Opening hours:
Thursday 16 July: 10am – 8pm
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 July: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 19 July: 11am – 4pm

Film screenings available throughout the exhibition at stated times and on request.

Talk hours (with film screenings):
Saturday 11:30am – 1:00pm; 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 11:30am – 1:00pm; 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Free entry to the exhibition and talks. Sponsored by Samsung and the Korea Tourism Organisation.


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Exhibition Hall
Fulham Library
598 Fulham Road

Nearest Tube: Parsons Green
Buses: 14, 414, 424 via Fulham Road

Francesca Cho in two European exhibitions

London-based Korean artist Francesca Cho is participating in two group exhibitions in continental Europe during May: in Berlin and Lecce.

Reliquaries of Empires Dust

Reliquaries of Empires Dust is an exhibition exploring trends in art and artists response to the current global climate. Whether an exploration in environmental, geopolitical, monetary, cultural, societal shifts or in paradigms of utopias lost and found, the exhibition is building as three nucleii of repositaries of pasts, present and future with an organic structure where artists’ contributions are building networks of capsules, vitrines and mounted displays of works in keeping with the exhibition ethos of Museum MAN within the gallery space of Bereznitsky Gallery Berlin. International artists and Berlin artists alike have been invited to work within the space of the Bereznitsky.

82 artists from 23 countries participate in this international exhibition. Francesca Cho’s contribution is Poet’s Soul:

Francesca Cho: Poets Soul (2009)
Francesca Cho: Poet's Soul (2009)

Bereznitsky Gallery
Heidestr. 73 / vor der Tankstelle links rein bitte!
Berlin, Germany, 1 – 30 May

Phone: 493070081256

Lecce catalogueMeanwhile in heel of Italy’s boot, Cho is one of thirty artists from sixteen countries chosen to participate in an exhibition entitled Transiti Nomadi (‘Nomadic Transitions’) in the Museo Civico di Arte Contemporanea di San Cesario di Lecce. Lecce, famous for its baroque architecture, is sometimes known as the Florence of the South, or as the city of 100 churches.

The theme of the exhibition is inspired by one of the characteristics of the surrounding Salento region of Italy, which has always been a cultural melting pot. Cho’s Gold Tree (below) was selected for the exhibition.

Francesca Cho: Gold Tree (2006) Oil on canvas, 41 x 66 cm
Francesca Cho: Gold Tree (2006) Oil on canvas, 41 x 66 cm

Museo Civico, Piazza Garibaldi, 16 (Palazzo Ducale)
Opening hours 9.00/13.00 – 15.00/18.00
Tel 0832 205636
18 April – 16 May 2009

Sung Young Park (painter)

Sung Young Park: Opposite Alike, Acrylic on canvas, 83 x 103cm
Sung Young Park: Opposite Alike, Acrylic on canvas, 83 x 103cm

Sung Young Park studied Fine Art first in Korea before moving to London to continue her studies. She completed her Professional Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London in 2006. After gaining a certificate in teaching adults she ran her own art classes at the Brady Art Centre in Whitechapel and went on to teach amateur artists in the Phoenix Art Group at Fairkytes Art Centre in Hornchurch.

In her practice she has been continually fascinated by figurative images that challenge conventional representation in painting. She is particularly interested in creating images that reflect her daily life, personal experience, memory and subconscious. This allows her to convert her autobiographical experience into images that she places in bizarre and unreal juxtapositions.

She has approached her recent works from a Buddhist perspective. She sees Buddhism as a science of the mind rather than a religion and believes it can adapt to and influence art and culture in many positive ways.

Selected Exhibitions

  • From the Lightest Corners of the Mind, Gallery O-68, Solo Show, Netherlands, 2014
  • Imaginative Space, Mokspace Gallery, Duo Show, London, 2013
  • Royal Academy of Arts Cafe Gallery, Group Show, London, 2010
  • Sueli Turner Gallery, Group Show, London, 2009
  • Chrysalis Gallery, Solo Show, Richmond, 2005

Website: www.sungyoungpark.co.uk

Jeong Min Moon (visual artist)

Jeong Min Moon: The Cross, 102x102cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2013
Jeong Min Moon: The Cross, 102x102cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2013

Jeong Min Moon studied a Western painting in BA, Seoul, South Korea in 1990 and she gained a MFA Fine art at Middlesex University, London, UK 2004.  Her work based on Western Action painting and Korean naturalism which promotes simplicity and nature. As an artist from a different culture herself, the roughness action of ripping, dripping, sticking reflects the fear people experience when they first encounter the new ideas and concepts of another culture. The key aspect of her work is to explore the relationship between mixed culture and the inspirations of her inner nature.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Korea Chronicles by KAA, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK, 2014
  • Symposium: A Banquet of Korean Contemporary Art by 4482, London, UK, 2014
  • 합, Collaboration by KAA, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK, 2013
  • Middlesex MA & MFA Degree Show, London, UK, 2004
  • 291 Gallery Open Screenings, London, UK, 2000
  • Art for Youth Exhibition, London, UK, 2000
  • Collection by Garden Door Gallery, London, UK, 2000-1998
  • Solo Show – Life Drawing, Seoul, South Korea, 1996

Website: www.jeongminmoon.com

Sang Gun Kim (motion graphic designer)

Sanggun Kim: Face Britain (2012), Buckingham palace, London, 3D Project Mapping work
Sanggun Kim: Face Britain (2012), Buckingham palace, London, 3D Project Mapping work

Sanggun Kim graduated from Ravensbourne College with BA (Hons) and Masters Degree in Moving Image.

Currently he works as a Motion Graphic designer at The Projection Studio.

Selected Projects

  • ‘2015 ISE Tesla car 3D Projection Mapping’ – 2015 ISE Panasonic – 3D Projection Mapping – Amsterdam, Netherlands, Feb, 2015
  • ‘WW1 Glasgow Light Show’ – WW1 Glasgow Light show 2014 – 3D Projection Mapping – Glasgow city chambers, Glasgow, UK, Nov, 2014
  • ‘Five Elements of Nature’– Tegn Bahadur Memorial, 2013 New Delhi, India – 3D Projection Mapping work May, 2013
  • ‘Triquetra’ – York light festival, Clifford’s Tower, York, UK – 3D Projection Mapping Work Oct, 2013
  • ‘Face Britain’ – Buckingham palace, London, UK – 3D Project Mapping work April, 2012
  • ‘Clock tower’ – Venetian Hotel permanent installation, Las Vegas, US – 3D Project Mapping work March, 2012.
  • ‘Five Windows’ – Dartmouth College Hopkins Center for The Art, Boston, US – 3D Project Mapping work October, 2012.

Website:  www.sanggunkim.com

Jee Oh (mixed media artist)

Jee OH, Gori.Node garden (2005, W1500mm x D1500mm x H2000mm)
Gori.Node Garden (Austria in 2005, W1500mm x D1500mm x H2000mm)

The principal themes that Jee explores, questions and reinterprets through her art-making are hybridity, uncertainty and continuity that she experiences through network media communication, multiculturalism and motherhood. Her artworks were exhibited at art venues in Austria, London, South Korea, Ljubljana, USA and Singapore.


Sarah E. Choi (ceramic artist)

Sarah E.Choi: London & Its Shadows
Sarah E.Choi: London & Its Shadows

Sarah achieved a BA in sculpture at Ewha Womans University in Korea and she then studied for a MA in Fine Art at the University of West England. She had a private art studio in Dorset and led the Milbourne Port Art Group. She is now a resident artist at ASC Kingston Studio. Several of her works have recently been on show at various galleries and venues in London. She prefers the hand-building technique as it is ideal for engendering a more human touch that can be expressed through sculptural effects. The mix of ethnicities is a rich source for the illustrations she draws and paints on her hand-built stoneware, especially in its joyous detail, it is a celebration of London – one of its most splendid multi ethnic cities of the world, possessing its amazing beauty and diversity. She states “To me, the city is ever pulsing and vibrant. I take my inspiration from my fondness for the city’s unique architectural scenes and I overlay what I do with a sensitivity to the humanity of its teeming millions”.

She treats the vessels as though they are 3D canvases, applying glazes, under-glazes, oxides, slips and various materials as the process continues of building, drawing, cutting, engraving, colouring, glazing, firing etc…

Selected Exhibitions

  • Abstractions and Figurations: 22 – 28 February, 2016, 54 The Gallery, 54 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London
  • KAOS 10, Group Exhibition: Craft Central Gallery, 20 -25 October 2015, St John’s Square, London
  • ‘Selfies’ : An Exhibition of Self Portraits, The Art Space at Cass Art, 103 Clarence Street, 6-14 June 2015
  • Surrey Artists Group Exhibition : 19 May – 4 June 2015, Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey, Guilford
  • Stone Projects – Northern Attitudes Exhibition: December 2014 – January 2015, Kingston Museum, London
  • London We Live In: Solo Exhibition, 12th December 2014 – 31st January 2015, West Hampstead, London