Muse London: 4th UK Korean Artists Exhibition

Written by on February 20, 2012 in Arts, Worldwide Korea Bloggers

The Korean Cultural Centre UK presented the 4th Annual Exhibition of contemporary art by UK Korean Artists from Dec. 16, 2011 to Jan. 21 2012. Focusing on video works, ‘Muse London’ brought together the exciting work of six artists, all living and working in London. Here are two blog posts from WKBs who visited the exhibition.

Exhibitions – Muse London ends with live performance by EE

* This post is written by Korean Class MASSIVE, one of the Korea Blog’s Worldwide Korea Bloggers.

To end the Muse London exhibition, which had been on at the Korean Cultural Centre in London, a last evening of media art from six Korean artists was shown, accompanied by a live performance from one of the artists involved, EE.

For those that didn’t manage to get a chance to visit the Muse London exhibition while it was on, the director of the Korean Cultural Centre UK, Yonggi Won, described Muse London as…..

“concentrating on the developing genre of media art, Muse London brings together six artists who each specialise in this exciting exciting field. Inspired by their lives int he capital, Muse London celebrates the canvas that London offers each and every day. Specifically dveloped on video and film, the artworks deliver very personal stories, depicting an inner world of each artist. This adds to the attraction and excitement of the exhibition whilst also reflecting the overall picture of Korean artists’ practice in London.”

Walking around the exhibition, there were so many interesting, fantastic, and ever so slightly bizarre things to see, that it was hard to know where to start!

The works were all very different and revealed a glimpse into artists’ minds. While looking around, although we may not have understood the relevance behind much of the symbolism used in the works of art, each piece did give of a definite atmosphere, and had its own ‘vibe’, which created various feelings and ideas. There were two ‘hidden’ works of art in the exhibition, and it was extra bits like this in the exhibition which really gave it an edge.

Lee Won Woo's art wood box

Lee Won Woo’s art wood box

The highlight of the night was the live performance by EE. EE’s art has been described as being…..

“perhaps the closest thing to clichéd expectations of video art from a technologically advanced place like Korea. But is is stranger than that, themes of life, death, birth and carnival abound, the work is macabre and brutish but very much mirros old rock and pop videos and the graphic imagery that they pioneered to illustrate and describe the modern world.”

Although we weren’t sure what on earth was happening for this performance, it was very fun to watch and certainly we won’t see anything like it again! (Did anyone spot Key’s cameo?) If you ever get the chance, make sure to see EE, their performances are thoroughly enjoyable.

Thanks to all the artists that contributed, the works were all highly interesting and we hope they’ll exhibit again in London soon.

Source Used – Quotes taken from the Muse London booklet

 

KCC UK Muse Exhibition Review

* The next post is written by Joanna Darnley, one of the Korea Blog’s Worldwide Korea Bloggers.

So, a short while back I applied to the London KCC to take part in their Korean classes. Having been successfully picked, I popped down there last weekend for a placement test. After my exam, I figured I would make use of my trip and check out the (recently finished) art exhibition, the fourth of its kind, held at the KCC.

The exhibition, titled “Muse London”, was, in my opinion, really well set out, making fantastic use of the spacious exhibition area and including works from six different artists; E.E, Eemyun Kang, Seokyeong Kang, Kiwoun Shin, Wonwoo Lee and Sean Roh, who are all Korean artists living and working in London.

The Director of the KCC UK, Yonggi Won, described the exhibition in the following way “concentrating on the developing genre of media art, Muse London brings together six artists who each specialise in this exciting exciting field. Inspired by their lives int he capital, Muse London celebrates the canvas that London offers each and every day. Specifically dveloped on video and film, the artworks deliver very personal stories, depicting an inner world of each artist. This adds to the attraction and excitement of the exhibition whilst also reflecting the overall picture of Korean artists’ practice in London.”

According to the Artrabbit.com; the artwork in the exhibition is meant to ‘reflect their [the artists] personal experiences of being in London- more specifically dwelling on the “artist’ interior world as seen through the lense of a foreign world city”.

Here are some examples of the pieces in the exhibition;

The exhibition predominantly focused on videos (so unfortunately all these pictures don’t really do the pieces justice – capturing only one of many slides) however it really was a very interesting presentation that gave of a particularly strong and edgy vibe.

Despite being the daughter of an art teacher, I am far from being an art connoisseur and I have to admit I am sure many of the more subtle, technical points in the art flew right over my head. That said, I found it a really enjoyable experience and the symbolism was somewhat intriguing – it really started to make you think, even without necessarily knowing what the piece itself was about.

The art ranged videos of a timed countdown (shown on the red wall of screens above) to interviews (as seen on the left below), focusing on themes from the normal to the utterly bizarre. My personal favourite was a rather peculiar video which followed a wine glass, through what seems to be a night in a bar. The changing light during the evening and variety and transition of colour was subtle but equally stunning and made a fascinating watch.

I was sadly unable to make it but for those who were able to attend the final evening of the exhibit early last week, they were treated to a live performance by one of the artists. EE which can be seen below;

EE’s art has been described as being ” “perhaps the closest thing to clichéd expectations of video art from a technologically advanced place like Korea. But is is stranger than that, themes of life, death, birth and carnival abound, the work is macabre and brutish but very much mirros old rock and pop videos and the graphic imagery that they pioneered to illustrate and describe the modern world.”…..exciting!

I had a little look around the rest of the building before it was time to head home for lunch!

Thank you to all the artists who participated and I look forwards to the next exhibition at the KCC UK.

The centre itself~!

The centre itself~!

Our beloved Korean Cultural Centre~!

Our beloved Korean Cultural Centre~!

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