MY FIRST ART EXHIBITION – “Through Their Eyes: Depicting Korea and UK Then & Now”

[OK… it’s not SEOUL-y / SOLELY my exhibition, but I am one of the artists taking part…]

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Is this article really Movie related?  Is this Mini Movie related??  Is this Mini Mini Movie related???  Yes, to all 3.  It’s regarding a certain video, an art piece, even a short film if you will.  In any doubt?  Refer to the 3 ‘R’s:

Really?  Right!  Read-on…

I’m not one to blow my own trumpet [oo-er!] – he says, having just posted an article about HIS podcast episode (and not to mention speaking of himself as the 3rd person!) – but I must shout a little about this…

However – and as if by doing this announcement article and ‘semi-Press-Release’ part-way through the duration of the exhibition which I’m about to elaborate on, rather than when or before it opened, is half-proving how modest, introverted and quiet I can be – I’m still excited both about the [almost] 3-month long event itself and the subject matter.

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Frankly though, the reason for not posting about this ‘event’ is more likely down to how busy I’ve been.  That, combined with the fact that I WAS going to post a piece about WHAT exactly I HAVE been up to in a few ‘dormant’ months is also the reason, justification or simply clutching-at-excuses-as-to-why for the ‘lost months’.  Well, it’s certainly probably appeared as if the website has been dormant for a little while!

Fear not though!  As I said, earlier in 2017, “Mini Mini Movie is back for 2017…!  In fact, it never went away, even if it appeared that articles had almost stopped.  Perhaps the site was dormant, but never abandoned.  I mean, what kind of writer [and artist, filmmaker and more? Well, perhaps…] would I be if I stopped it all?”

Yep, and I continued with… “I have no intention of ceasing this online publication.  In fact, behind the scenes, things have been growing.”

Well, since that article I’ve been busy recording podcasts (30+ to date), filming – in Korea and elsewhere – and editing.  Here are a couple of podcasts (one Korean related & one not!), via which you can find others, videos I’ve made recently, the odd talk I’ve given [hopefully not that odd!] and films:

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Whilst in Korea and Asia in general (well, OK, Bangkok mostly) I was working hard… not only on the subject/s I was there to focus on [in Korea, it was essentially being on Jeju and due to being commissioned to film a week or so of events concerning a cultural exchange between the countries, Finland and Korea] but also working on a presentation-come-video-footage-display-come-talk, linked to that subject in those [ ]’s above.  BUT too, working on a video art piece, or video installation… call it what you will.

 

The latter video art piece is what this article is about, even if I am mainly pointing to the art exhibition in question / as a whole / overall.

You see, right now in the Kingston Museum, a place of certain prestige, history and/or interest* stands, on the wall, my work of art.  It’s a video, as I mentioned before.

Not only that, there are 13 other works by the other 13 artists involved in this exhibition… an exhibition which is named: Through Their Eyes: Depicting Korea and UK Then & Now – yep, all of us have depicted Korea OR UK in art, or if you prefer, our interpretations of Then & Now in the relevant ‘opposite’ country.

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To explain, 10 Korean artists focus on the UK, London, Brexit and/or such British subjects.  Then [and Now – a pun there on the exhibition title, you could say!], there’s 4 of us British artists interpreting Korea or places linked to Korea in our own unique way/s.

Not only this, there are artefacts, kindly donated by Han Collection (that’s the company – or gallery, or call it a gallery within a gallery, if preferred – inside the art venue known to many as Mokspace on Museum Street, opposite the British Museum) and some beautiful paintings adorning the staircase within the museum, depicting Korean clothing, costume or dress in a certain period of Korea’s history.

* The famous Kingston Museum has another exhibition of more-permanent fixture, I believe, of the renowned, revered or real genius that is / was Eadweard Muybridge.  He’s an important man in the world of and history of film and the moving image in general, you could perhaps say.  There are other brilliant pieces in the museum as well as a lovely library.

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That’s about all I want to say about this exhibition, one which started on 6th July 2017 with the Opening Night [obviously! … well, Private View actually!], in which the Mayor of Kingston attended, also the UK Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Mr Joonkook Hwang and not forgetting the exquisite Hyelim KIM and her marvellous – as always – Taegum playing.  And… the art exhibition runs until 30th September 2017.

Lastly though and before leaving you with the Press Release, I want to just say that the curator (Seoyoung KIM) ‘kind of’ intended that the first artwork people see is another video art piece (concerning ‘KoreaTown’, New Malden) and then they walk around it, clock-wise, and finish with my lovely little video.  #JustSaying #AsTheySayTheseDays

So…:

PRESS RELEASE: 

Through Their Eyes: Depicting Korea and UK Then and Now

Venue: Kingston Museum
Exhibition Dates: 7 July – 30 September 2017
Private view: Thursday 6 July 6:30 pm

This exhibition celebrates the significant presence of the Korean community in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and UK-Korean cross cultural appreciation through historical and contemporary artworks.

The exhibition showcases over 30 colourful woodblock and etching prints by Paul Jacoulet, Elizabeth Keith, Lilian May Miller and Willy Seiler. These reminiscent prints depict the life, landscapes and events of Korea from the 1920s to 1950s. Alongside these historical prints, four British artists (Matthew John Atkinson, Emma Corrall, Jason Verney and Richard Layzell) present their interpretation of contemporary Korea and specifically New Malden, which is home to the largest Korean community in Europe.

Ten Korean artists who live in or have visited the UK, some of whom are Kingston residents, are exhibiting new artworks expressing their experiences and views of life in the UK through different subjects and media. Participating Korean artists are Sarah E. Choi, Eunjung Seo Feleppa, Doyu Min Seo, Sunim, Jee Oh, Yoojin Kim, Manchul Oh, Sungyoung Park, Boreum Oh, and Jeong Min Moon.

The exhibition is generously sponsored by the Han Collection and British Korean Society.

Korean art and craft activities for families and children will be hosted at the Museum throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Associated Events:
Thumbs up It’s Thursday! – 1 to 4 pm
Thursday 27 July Making collage frames
Thursday 3 August Making flowers with Korean traditional paper and tissue paper
Thursday 10 August Making Korean traditional paper drums
Thursday 17 August Making kites
Thursday 24 August Styrofoam printing
Thursday 31 August Making flower patterns with straws
Saturday 9 and 23 September 2 to 4 pm

Family Special: Korean Art
Explore woodblock printing and stencils. Work with a Korean artist to make your own artwork. Suitable for 5+ years old. £3 per child

Thursday 21 September,  6 pm
Korean Contemporary Art (tbc)
Talk by Jeyun Moon, Curator at the Korean Cultural Centre about Korean contemporary art in Korea and the UK.

Thursday 31 August to 3 October
Community Case display
‘Dol’, Baby’s First Birthday Celebration in Korea
Korean traditional dress, Hanbok designer, Ji Hyen Park, showcases two sets of the special Korean dress, of both traditional and contemporary styles, which babies wear for their first birthday celebration.

Address: Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS

Contact: http://www.kingston.gov.uk/museum / 020 8547 5006

Opening hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 7pm.
Cost: FREE

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