Sunday, November 22, 2009

Han River Art Island, Seoul, Korea

The proposed Art Complex, the newest part of Seoul's grand plan to reinvigorate the Han River.  The winning design was proposed by the architecture group Designcamp moonpark and is modeled after the movement of traditional Korean dancers.

According to the Architectural Review, the complex will house "a 1,900-seat symphony hall, a 1,500-seat opera house and a performance hall with a capacity to accommodate 300 people."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Micro Urban Intervention

Walking the same streets and sidewalks, taking the same buses, turning the same corners, we lose awareness of our everyday surroundings. Artist Slinkachu creates tiny installations "aim[s] to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings."

The snail shell is a unique medium for Slinkachu's unexpected installations. At a time when claims of hometown or nationality have less and less validity, Slinkachu's work speaks to the transience of contemporary ideas of 'home'. His tiny urban surprises catch the lucky viewer off guard and bring a bit of warmth and humour to an often gray and desolate place, the city.

The artwork consists of the installations and corresponding photography project, all on view on his website.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Gana Art Center - Yoo Young Wun

A selection of Yoo Young Wun's work exploring mass media and culture is on view now through November 24th at the Gana Art Center in Insadong. Yoo looks at the loss of individuality brought on by the growth of mass media; with the advent of the printing press, the 'masses' could be informed of news, events, and ideologies as a singular body instead of as thinking, creative individuals. Made of intricately folded pages of newspapers and magazines, Yoo's sculptures are the anthropomorphic realization of 'mass media'.

Yoo subverts and repositions media as the social creator. His medium - the media - brings to life mass communication, giving it a physical form, and speaks to the importance we still give to print media despite the digital revolution.

Metropolis Art Prize

Voting for the art competition celebrating the urban landscape - the Bablegum Metropolis Art Prize - is open through December 4th. Check out the entries here. Unfortunately I caught this too late to post in time for artist entries; I'll have to keep my eyes open for next year.

It's the little interventions that count.