I spent the afternoon at the Hunterian Museum in London.
Traditional Korean Minhwa (folk painting) illustrations by Seongmin Ahn
Seongmin Ahn received B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Asian traditional painting from Seoul National University in Seoul Korea and then received the second M.F.A from Maryland Institute College of Art. With practical experience and deep understand of tradition, her work takes Asian traditional painting as starting point and transform it into something experimental with her own interpretation bridging tradition and modern, and East and West.
She teaches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art, Korean Cultural Service in New York, Creative Center for Women with Cancer and University Settlement specialized in Asian traditional painting.
Young-Deok Seo (Korea)
Young-Deok Seo received a BFA in environmental sculpture from University of Seoul, South Korea, in 2010. He makes metal sculptures using only bike chain components, comparing the standardization of modern life to the monotonous repetitive movement of the chain in its original function. By repurposing the chain components in his work, he replaces its functionality as a machine part and gives it new vitality and life. “I use immobile and cold textured form of a body to express our true nature that turned from the human nature to a property,” he says. In 2009, Young-Deok received first place in National Undergraduate and Graduate Students Sculpture Competition. His work has been exhibited in Seoul. (source: Artist A Day) Our sincere thanks to myampgoesto11 for this Curator’s Monday on Artchipel.
Online Dating #FAIL Of The Year
Recently I was flipping through channels when this commercial made me facepalm harder than every beauty pageant fail in, like, history, (such as).
Watch out ‘Merica, there’s a new online dating website called Farmer’s Only. The commercial is complete with lonely farmers, animals mocking their existence, and my particular favorite, a cartoon depiction of the farmers from Grant Wood’s iconic painting American Gothic who say “We used to be lonely, til we met on Farmer’s Only.”
Well guys here’s the thing…the girl in the painting is the farmer’s daughter, not his wife.
Now I’m not an expert in art history, nor do I expect everyone to be, but if you’re getting paid to put something on TV or the internet, you could at least do a bit of homework.
Yuken Teruya : Notice-Forest (2013)
(from the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery exhibition 06 September - 05 October 2013)
Transforming the detritus of consumerism into beautifully crafted works of art, Teruya uses unfamiliar materials in a way that elevates details typically overlooked in quotidian life.
For this exhibition, Teruya will continue his Notice Forest series by fabricating a new line of shopping bags, including Chanel, Godiva, Graff, Maison du Chocolat, Cartier and Tiffany. Teruya’s work provides a subtle commentary on the hegemonic power of consumer culture and its resultant impact on the global environment. However, the works are fundamentally an exploration of beauty. Mounted at a ninety-degree angle to the wall, each bag harbours a miniature, paper tree modelled from species planted on 5th Avenue in New York.
Discussing how Teruya’s bags are made, Megan Ratner explains that he ‘begins with photographs of trees, which he transfers to his computer, superimposing this image on the logo-ed side of a shopping bag. Using the original shape as a guide, he deftly cuts a two-part silhouette – lower branches/trunk and leafy top – folding and twisting the two halves into the interior of the bag, rooting the trunk with a single drop of glue.’
press release and images: Pippy Houldsworth Gallery