[b]racket magazine

Lawrence Blackman Is An Animul

He's a man of few words, that is unless he's feeling super wordy.

Featured in our June 2014 issue, Lawrence Blackman sets himself apart as an artist who seldom re-draws and often keeps editing to a minimum. Whether it's a drawing of a single flower or something resembling a stream of consciousness journal entry, Blackman always tells the truth. And he makes it seem so easy.

Blackman has previously compiled two collections of his drawings with his books "The Most Beautiful Colour on Earth" and "Mountains of Light". Now he is introducing a third book of drawings, "Animul". As with his past work, he hopes to stir up questions about human interaction and our relationship with the world around us. 
 

What is interesting about Blackman's work is the range of emotions that it manages to stir with its simplistic drawings and straightforward statements. His work can seem cheery, innocent and hopeful while at the same time possessing a smart, dark humor. It can make you want to yell "Everything is meaningless!" with a huge smile on your face, lifting your hands towards the sky. Or, you could find yourself whimpering the exact same sentiment with your head in your hands. You can decide if the message is positive or nihilistic. Blackman wants to leave it up to you.

View more of Blackman's work on his website and stay up to date on his latest drawings, accomplishments and events on his facebook page.

- Lisa Highfill
 

Apollo Redirection: Get Spacey This Weekend At Gallery [t.]

The entire [b]racket team wish we could give you all individual bear hugs for coming out to our 2nd annual [b] list exhibition last weekend. The turnout, the art, and the discussion were all fantastic. 

my photo app skillz are on point.

my photo app skillz are on point.


...and on the the next one. It's time for a new Gallery [t.] artist to hang their work in the T. Morning cafe. The next artist up to bat has been on the books for a while, and we're so excited to finally have his work in Daegu from Seoul this Saturday, October 4th. Park Dongseok was featured in [b]racket just over a year ago with his photographs of the Eun Sook Do wetlands. His newer work, Apollo Redirection, focuses on space travel and the impact that humans are already having on the galactic environment.

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Park Dongseok's digitally modified images are stylistically very different from his previous work highlighted in our September 2013 issue, but just as impressive.

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Join us at Gallery [t.] this Saturday at 7PM for the opening reception of Apollo Redirection. The pieces will officially be for sale beginning at 7PM, and will continue to be on display until December 6th. Click Here for the official Facebook invite. For directions, click the Gallery [t.] tab at the top of the page.


Before heading downtown on Saturday to check out the reception at Gallery [t.], make a stop at Beomeo Art Street. The group is hosting a new batch of artists for the month of October and the line up is looking great. There is a variety of work from photography to installation art. Many [b]racket alumni are artists who have also had their work displayed in one of the many galleries within the Beomeo metro station. Browsing Art Street is one way to see what some past [b]racket artists are up to now. Maybe you'll even spot an artist who we have lined up to grace our pages in the future.

Take a closer look at this gallery in Beomeo Art Street to see what's so strange about this seemingly normal collection of everyday objects.

Take a closer look at this gallery in Beomeo Art Street to see what's so strange about this seemingly normal collection of everyday objects.

To get there, take the green line to Beomeo Station. Follow the escalators up and continue walking straight for a bit. You'll start to see the galleries on either side of you. The large glass walls of each space allow you to view the art from the main hallway even if the galleries have shut their doors for the night.

- Lisa Highfill

(More Than) 3 Spots To Hit For The Best Biennale Yet

(More Than) 3 Spots To Hit For The Best Biennale Yet

The 2014 Daegu Photo Biennale: Photographic Narrative will run until October 19th at three main locations: The Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Bongsan Culture Center, and Daegu Art Factory. Each location focuses on various themes. Below is a quick guide to give you a taste of what you can expect from each leg of your photo tour (which you definitely need to take).

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The Art Store You've All Been Looking For

When an artist first moves to Korea, the first thing they're going to ask is, "Why is there not toilet paper in all public bathrooms?" The second thing they're going to ask is, "Where can I get quality art supplies?" The first question has no satisfying answer, I'm afraid. But the second question is easily answered: I Am Art Store!

I Am Art has been a go-to spot for artists in Korea for ages, and every newbie artist in Korea needs to know about it. I Am Art specializes in painting supplies, but they also have a strong variety of most other art supplies as well. It's a huge two-story space, with an additional mezzanine full of goodies. The owner, Park Soo Yong, is always willing to help you find what you're looking for...

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...and he's a big fan of [b]racket, too!

I Am Art Store is easy to get to and open every day. Make your way over soon and take a look.

Take exit 4 from Myeongdeok subway station on the red line. Walk straight for less than a minute and you'll see the building on your left.

- Lisa Highfill
Photos by Jess Hinshaw

This Weekend: 2 Things To Do On Saturday That Are More Than Just Drinking

Gallery [t.] is excited to host our fourth installation of work from another talented [b]racket artist.

Martyn Thompson will be bringing selected works from his Korean Bow Collection 2014 to Daegu. A catalog of additional undisplayed works will also be available for you to browse through. Wanna know why you're lucky? Well, since Gallery [t.] will be the last stop for this body of work, Thompson has decided to reduce the prices of his pieces by 50%, putting them at 50,000 - 150,000 won depending on size. Here's an opportunity to spruce up your terribly wallpapered apartment (don't be ashamed, we all deal with this struggle) with amazing art.

A raffle to win a piece from the Korean Bow Collection 2014 will also be held during the opening. So come to Gallery [t.] on saturday, have a coffee and get a dose of culture before heading in to the abyss of downtown Daegu for the night.

The fun starts at 6PM. Click HERE for a map to Gallery [t.]


Already have plans to take it to the beach this weekend? Can't blame you. If you'll be in Busan this saturday, help Daegu band Colours go out with a bang during their LAST SHOW EVER (in Busan...maybe?). They'll be celebrating with Busan bands Say Sue Me and Barbie Dolls at The Basement. Click HERE for more information on the facebook event page. What would we do without facebook? Answer: probably a lot more with our time. But damn if it isn't convenient for events. 

Directions to The Basement can be found HERE.

- Lisa Highfill

June Preview: You're A Winner!

Future [b]racket artist Todd Holoubek's collection Everybody Wins is one of my favorite types of art to experience in a gallery or museum. It's art that is supposed to be touched. Not only does Holoubek want you to make contact with his collection, he wants you to play. And the best thing about playing these games? You'll never lose.

Holoubek has crafted pieces that resemble the tile puzzles we played with as kids. If you weren't that one gifted kid in class who could solve the Rubik's cube in under 3 minutes, then you probably knew the frustration and defeat of not always being able to quickly solve these puzzle games.

The largest of Holoubek's pieces from Everybody Wins was recently exhibited in Seoul. Take a look at how each movement of a tile makes the player a winner.

Holoubek has an extensive and impressive body of work outside of his Everybody Wins collection. Of course, we weren't able to showcase all of it in the June issue, so be sure to take it all in on his website www.toddholoubek.com.

My personal favorite is entitled Hermetically Sealed.

Normal objects presented as icons always strike a chord with me. They serve as a reminder that all iconography is just a previously unremarkable object that is only special because we've decided to present it in a certain way. In reality, icons are not inherently special; we're the ones who have given them their power.

Jess Hinshaw writes more about Holoubek's work in the June issue of [b]racket, which will be available this weekend all over Daegu. Issues will be available in Seoul and Busan by next week. Click the Locations tab at the top of the page to see where you can get your hands on what is becoming Korea's favorite (and FREE) art magazine.

- Lisa Highfill

Art Fix: Jung Jae Hoon Shows Us How It's Made

Art Fix: Jung Jae Hoon Shows Us How It's Made

Jung Jae Hoon's current exhibition in the Y Artist Project room, entitled esquisse, confirmed that I had once again saved the best for last. I happened to go to the museum during a time when the exhibitions in the main building were on their way out, but Jung's work in the Y Artist Project room had been freshly installed...

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Now Studying Seems A Little Less Awful...

When I first arrived in Korea in 2012, I had the very genuine intention of studying and using Korean during my stay here. I taught myself how to read Hangul within my first month. I went to a free Korean class in my second month (remember that cultish group that kept recruiting foreigners in Daegu? That was a weird time...). Eventually, I even signed up and paid for classes at the YMCA. I bought workbooks. I went to one class. I was pumped. I went to the next class. I was lost. I quit. 

Round 2! Last year I started studying solo while using an online program. Things were going well! I was keeping up and retaining some vocabulary. Then I took a break from studying to go on vacation. I came back. I forgot almost everything. I quit. 

Will I ever once again step back on the wagon of seriously and consistently studying Korean and become one less foreigner who doesn't know the language just because "I don't really need it to survive here?" Maybe.

It's unlikely.

But! If I could take a page from [b]racket February 2013 artist Sarah Shaw's book, maybe it wouldn't seem so daunting. 

And I literally mean "take a page"... from her sketch book.

빨래를 하다, "to do laundry", by Sarah Shaw

빨래를 하다, "to do laundry", by Sarah Shaw

Last year, Sarah found a way to memorize Korean vocabulary and phrases by sketching them in to easily memorable pieces of art.

She uses this routine exercise of using Hangul as her subject to help inspire her to keep sketching and continue studying. Two birds, one wonderfully creative stone. 

편지봉투, "envelope", by Sarah Shaw

편지봉투, "envelope", by Sarah Shaw

various sketches by Sarah Shaw

various sketches by Sarah Shaw

A tumblr account (mappingwords.tumblr.com) was created for the project, and Sarah wants you to join in! You can contact Sarah Shaw HERE if you're interested in becoming a fellow word-sketcher and collaborating with her. And you don't have to stick with Korean -- Sarah thinks she might even start studying Spanish and begin sketching en español.

- Lisa Highfill

Art Fix: Take A Bow

PANK.kr founder, curator, and past [b]racket artist Martyn Thompson will be presenting his third solo exhibition very soon, on May 17th in Gwangju. Thompson's exhibit will feature photographs from his Korean Bow Collection 2014. In an artist statement he explains that many customs in Korea are subtle and generally have far more meaning to older Koreans than to the newer generations who are quickly moving away from many of the country's traditions. Thompson's collection highlights the complexities and intricacies of the Korean bow by following each model from standing to a full, deep bow.

[b]racket writer Whit Altizer wrote about Thompson's art in the November 2013 issue: "Thompson's work isn't something you can casually glance at in an exhibit and then move on. It captivates you; it forces you to think. And this is his goal: whether you want to or not, he wants you to think."

Thompson's thought provoking pieces will be on display from May 17th to June 7th with an opening reception on the 17th at 7PM at PDG Gallery. Click the image above for more information on the event's facebook page. Click Here for the most accurate google map you're bound to find. The gallery is on the 5th floor of the medical building that has the Mr. Pizza sign on it. 

- Lisa Highfill

A Thank You And An Invite

Let's start this post off with a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Big Day South last weekend. The turnout was huge, and I think everyone got the message that Ulsan, Busan and Daegu are three Korean cities that have a lot of art and music to share with the world. Check out some of our favorite #BIGDAYSOUTH photos from the festival.

by: Jess Hinshaw

by: Jess Hinshaw

Q: How jealous are you of Chris' custom Daegu hat?
A: Extremely

by instagram.com/safpics

by instagram.com/safpics

by instagram.com/safpics

by instagram.com/safpics

We have some great photographers in Daegu, don't we? Well, the Daegu Photography Club wants to help them get even better.

by: Jeff Freeman

by: Jeff Freeman

The photography club (headed by Jeff Freeman) is hosting a photography walk on May 10th and is inviting anyone and everyone who wants to improve their photo-snappin' skills to come along. They'll be trekking around Keimyung University's campus and the Ark (pictured above).

Don't own a fancy camera? Only working with a camera phone? Don't worry, you're still invited. The photo walk is first and foremost an opportunity to socialize and network with people who share the same interests. And they'd love to help you hone your skills if you'd like by offering advice and even giving some tips on how to use programs like Lightroom and Photoshop. 

The walk starts at 2PM at Gangchang station. Out-of-towners are encouraged to come along as well. Click the photo above for more info on the group's facebook page.

- Lisa Highfill