Daegu

(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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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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This Weekend: It's Gonna Be Big

Beomeo Art Street never disappoints in showcasing quality artwork in Daegu. Beginning on May 1st, a new exhibition of work from Korean artist Kim Jae Kyung and Chinese artist Yu Shaoze will occupy Project B Gallery.

While being shown together, the artists' works are vastly different from one another. Yu Shaoze's photographs depict a miniature world in which candles act out scenes from our daily lives. Kim Jae Kyung's "New World" mixed media installation of winged figures in flight utilizes the entire space with calm pastels. Kim wants the viewer to wander around the space and eventually leave feeling lighter than when they came in.

The exhibition is free (as always) and will run for the entire month of May. 

To get to Project B Gallery in Daegu, hop off the subway at Beomeo on the green line and head towards exit 8.


Don't forget, Big Day South is almost upon us! Two of our favorite venues in Daegu will host artists and musicians from Ulsan, Daegu and Busan THIS Saturday, April 26th. Take a peek at all of the events you'll be able to experience for only 15,000 won!

Social Market - 소셜마켓: (events from 12-4PM)
Moke + Pal Lo (Street Art) 12pm onwards
Mine Lee/이민혜 (Acoustic) 12:10 - 12:50
Andrew Blad (Classical) 1:10 - 1:50
William Joseph Leitzman (Digital Comic) 2pm - 2:30
Cindi L'Abbe (Dance) 2:45 - 3:15
Kim Yi-hwa / 김이화 (Fine Art) 3:30 - 4:00

URBAN Lounge Club : (events from 5pm - Forever o'clock)
The Elsewheres (Ulsan) 5:30 - 6:00
The Curses (Daegu) 6:15 - 6:45
Sean O'Gorman (Ulsan - Spoken Word) 7:00 - 7:30
November on Earth (Daegu) 7:30 - 8:00
Colours (Daegu) 8:15 - 8:45
유카리(YUKARI) (Seoul) 9:00 - 9:30
도그스타 / Dogstar (Daegu) 9:45 - 10:15
Say Sue Me (Busan) 10:30 - 11:00
yamagata tweakster (Daegu/Seoul) 11:15 - Midnight 
DJ Duho Thor (Daegu) Midnight onward

We're so excited to be part of an event that is sure to prove that there's much more art and music in Korea outside of Seoul to be seen and heard.

Tickets will only be available the day of the festival at these fine locations. Click the venue names for maps

T-Morning: 10am until 11:30
Social Market: 12pm until 3:30
Club Urban: 5pm until 11pm

- Lisa Highfill

Art Fix: 3 Cities, 3 Exhibitions

First up, Daejeon.

The members of the Daejeon Arts Collective are preparing something very special for you. Their exhibition, MADE IN KOREA, will include work from 13 artists representing five different countries. The opening reception will take place on May 17th at 7PM. If you can't make the reception, the art will be displayed every day from 10AM to 7PM until May 21st.

MADE IN KOREA will include photography, painting, mixed media, and more. With this many artists participating, it's going to be a diverse collection of work well worth your attention.


And in Ilsan....

Poet and visual artist Doug Stuber will hold an opening reception in Ilsan this Sunday, April 13th at 3PM. 'How I Feel Today' is a solo exhibition of Doug's impactful abstract paintings which will be on display until May 11th. Doug claims he's an "old school" artist who generally works without a concept and allows the viewer to "make their own subject" out of his emotions. His expressive painting technique is often without forethought which makes for a surprising and genuine end product. 


Let's not forget Daegu....

" You'll see this finished up on Saturday^^"

"You'll see this finished up on Saturday^^"

Brandon Inman gave us a taste of what he'd been working on this week in preparation for his opening reception at Gallery [t.] on Saturday. I got a look at the completed collection earlier this week and it's definitely some of the largest and most impressive work that we've had in Gallery [t.] so far. His wife claims that a lot of it is "too scary", so you know it's good!

After starting the night at Gallery [t.] this Saturday at 7PM, walk over to Jeng-iy bar to celebrate Busan band Beaches' album launch show (facebook invite HERE) presented by I Like Many Records. Great art and and great music all in one night? Pinch me!

Maps and/or directions to all the fun stuff mentioned above:
MADE IN KOREA
'How I Feel Today'
Gallery [t.]
Jeng-iy

- Lisa Highfill

Art Fix: Art Springing Up In Daegu And Daejeon

It’s that time again: We’re switching up the artists at Gallery [t.]. Daegu artist Brandon Inman will be showing his illustrations for the next two months with an opening reception on August 12th at 7PM.  Brandon’s work was originally featured way back in our November 2012 issue, and was also a part of our very first [b] list exhibition at Gukje Art Museum at Keimyung University in Daegu last year. Which reminds me! The deadline for submissions to our second annual [b] list exhibition is approaching, so keep an eye on your calendars if you’re planning to submit your work for consideration. Click here for submission details and guidelines. 


 

 

 

 

If you’re in Daejeon this month be sure not to miss the Artist Residency Temi Inaugural Exhibition which includes impressive sculptural pieces from [b]racket artist Jürgen Dünhofen.  Jurgen’s pieces, along with work from five other artists, will be on display until April 20th. I’ll refrain from making a 4/20 joke here. Jürgen's sculptures have a real presence to them and each one deserves a closer look outside of the pages of [b]racket. Click here for an interactive map to the exhibition space.


 

The weather is now officially perfect to spend your days off outdoors. Here’s a perfect way to do just that: Open every Saturday in April, Bangchun Art Market in Daegu will feature affordable crafts, jewelry, and art for sale. Not only is it free to walk around the market, but it’s also free for artists to participate and sell their own work. Foot traffic is high, so this would be a great place for artists and craftspeople to sell their work. If you’re an artist who is interested, visit the market’s facebook page and message the organizers (both of whom are past [b]racket artists) for more info.
 

To get to the art market, take the subway to Kyungpook National University Hospital Station on the green line. Go out exit 3 and walk straight towards the river. Take a right after VIPS Steakhouse and you can’t miss it. 

- Lisa Highfill

Get Yourself On The [b] List

Hey! Artists! Over here!

Whew! What a group of lookers!

Whew! What a group of lookers!

Last year's [b] list exhibition was such a blast that we are once again teaming up with Keimyung University to bring you our second annual [b] list exhibition, and we want your submissions.

The theme for this year’s show will be Circumstantial Identity. We chose this broad topic so that artists can interoperate the idea in many different ways. The work that you submit should have some connection to this theme. The only requirement for submission is that you currently live in Korea and still plan to be here in September. The deadline for submissions is May 1st.

The [b]racket team will be selecting about 20 artists to feature at this year's [b] list . Each artist can submit up to 3 pieces for consideration. If your work is selected you will be notified the first week of May. Additionally, all submissions will be considered for inclusion in [b]racket magazine, so you might be contacted to be featured in a future issue. Double whammy!

If your work is selected, it should be professionally presented and framed (when appropriate) for the exhibition. All mediums will be considered. Last year's event featured an installation piece, video art, drawings and paintings, photography, and even a performance piece to start things off. 

Last year's [b] list really got people talking with national newspaper coverage and over 150 people in attendance. I'm sure this year will be even bigger. I'm already so excited (and maybe planning my outfit in my head. Maybe.)!

I hope this call for work gets you thinking about what Circumstantial Identity means to you, and inspires you to create and submit some amazing stuff. We can't wait to see what you've got!

All submissions should be sent to our words editor, Sybille Cavasin at S.cavasin@hotmail.com


Submission Guidelines:
• 1-3 high quality images (pdf, psd, ai, 300dpi.)
• An artist’s statement explaining how your work fits the theme Circumstantial Identity.
• A document with titles, mediums and dimensions of your work.
• You must be in Korea during the exhibition dates in September.
• Submissions must be received by May 1st.

Also, please include titles, mediums, and dimensions for each piece that you submit

Do you know an artist who would be interested in submitting their work? Share this post with them or invite them to the event on facebook.

- Lisa Highfill

Art Fix: What You Didn't Know You Were Missing

Did you know there’s an art gallery inside Youngsan Station on the green subway line? If so, I’d like to congratulate you on being a pretty observant person. Even though Metro Gallery is a reasonably large space inside the station, it’s very easy to pass by if you’re not looking for it. Maybe that’s because...

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An Emotional King Sejong: One of 52 Moments

Moments Watches King SejongMatt Ferguson’s art caught our attention back in 2012; so much so that we decided to make it our cover art for the very first issue of [b]racket. Since then, Matt has moved from Korea, but his collaboration with Moment Watches suggests that his time in the ROK made a lasting impression. His unique and simplistic watch design depicts King Sejong, the beloved Korean historical figure responsible for the creation of Hangul, with a tear running down his face. Matt created this work to illustrate that while Korea’s hasty rise in industry and economic power have proven fruitful for the nation, it has come at a cost to the country’s traditional culture and values. He believes that King Sejong might be happy to see Korea as successful as it has become. However, he might also be saddened by what it took out of the Korean people and environment to get here. Matt's work is a reminder of the line that Korea walks between their love of tradition, and their drive to be a leader in the modern global economy.

While it might be a somewhat serious message, it’s a seriously awesome-looking watch. Click here to check out the timepiece that serves as Week 12 for Moment Watches’ “Year of 52 Moments” campaign.

Sidenote: If you were planning on coming to Gallery [t.] this Saturday, Aoife Casey's reception has been postponed until February 15th. So we'll see you all NEXT weekend!

- Lisa Highfill

A Pleasant (And Crafty) Surprise On Bus Street

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As you might have picked up by now, us [b]racket folk love to promote artists living in Korea. We recently stumbled upon a store in downtown Daegu that is doing just that. Social Market opened its doors less than two months ago and is full of handmade crafts and unique pieces from artists throughout Korea. As I was browsing today I was kicking myself for not making it to this place before Christmas! I spotted loads of small pieces that would have made perfect gifts. The work for sale includes small art prints, handmade jewelry and bags, pottery, cards, and countless other handcrafted items. 

I recommend ordering a coffee at the counter and moseying upstairs to the loft to flip through their selection of art books and magazines. I picked up two small prints from artist Gwon Soojeong for (get ready for it) 3,000 won (WHAT?? I thought it was a mistake. It was not.) I had to stop myself from buying a SICK handmade bag because I have too many bags--but if we're being totally honest I'll go back and get it this weekend because can you really have too many awesome bags?

In addition to selling unique items Social Market is also holding crafting events throughout the month of January. Check out the schedule of classes and directions below.


Making A Grain Hand Warmer by Titisae Jan. 11th (Sat) @ 2PM 12,000won (including material fee)

Making A Dream Catcher by Yudali Jan. 18th (Sat) @ 6PM 30,000won (including material fee with free drinks)

Making 'Wish' Bracelets by Hohogangi Jan. 25th (Sat) @ 3PM 20,000won (including material fee for a pair of bracelets with free drinks)

How to get there: From Exit 3 of Jungangro Station on Line 1, go one block straight (on bus street) and you'll see Dong-a pharmacy (동아약국). Social Market is right next to the pharmacy.

- Lisa Highfill