This Weekend: Seyong Chung Gives Us The Space We Need

One sign of a great artist is when they can continue to surprise us. Seyong Chung (cover artist of the September 2013 issue) is an installation artist from Daegu whose past use of metal and light has produced some amazing galactic installation pieces. His work can make the viewer feel as if they have entered a planetarium as light shines through pinholes in metal and creates a calm, meditative atmosphere.

Now, Chung has created a vastly different environment with his exhibition of 스페이스 1970 (Space 1970) at Bongsan Culture Center in downtown Daegu. The artist has exchanged metal for wood and has included many found objects in his work. The entire installation looks like someone has prematurely moved in to a new house which has only just begun to be framed.

[b]racket editors Jess Hinshaw and Chris Cote we lucky enough to attend Chung's opening reception on Wednesday as Chung stepped out of his comfort zone and presented an affecting performance piece.

Jess commented that "it was impressive to see an artist who is so well established continue to evolve his work and try something new so successfully."

Chung continues to wow us. Be sure to see his newest exhibition before Sunday, November 9th on the second floor of Bongsan Culture Center. 

The exhibition is free to enter. Click Here for a map to the venue.

- Lisa Highfill

Stop The Bus! I See Art!

This isn't going to be a post about how we should collectively take our faces out of our smartphones and "experience the world already!" because you've seen enough PSAs on social media (probably on your smartphone) about that. BUT! I will say that had I not been looking out the window while on the bus and enjoying the everyday sights of Daegu, I wouldn't have noticed a gallery space tucked to the side of Suseong Artpia's mega concert hall.


The building is a combination of a couple of gallery spaces and an arts academy, so if you go during the week you'll have to wade through a sea of apathetic middle schoolers to reach the two gallery spaces. The first one on the right is the Multi-Art Hall which is currently housing the RYU Group Exhibition. As the gallery name suggests, there are multiple artists and mediums highlighted here and each artist has a maximum of two pieces on display.

Jung, Young Lok

Jung, Young Lok

The exhibition has a short running time of a week (September 2nd thru the 9th) which leads me to believe that this space could possibly display new work every week or so.

Come out of the RYU Exhibition and turn right to head to Hoban Gallery. This larger space is featuring work by artist Lee Junil. Lee is bold with color as well as subject matter. Almost all of Lee's pieces are brightly colored oil pastel nudes on canvas and paper. His style is consistent and gives a sense of urgency, even though the subjects are usually in relaxed poses.

Lee has also compiled a book of smaller drawings which is displayed along the front wall of the gallery. Each sketch is accompanied by a short poem. Here's one to get you hooked:

Looking vacantly over the sky through the open window
The clouds are clearing away
When it clears, I may hike a mountain?
But I'm hesitant to leave.

Something upsets me today.

Bam! Right in the feels.

Lee Junil's work will only be on display until Sunday the 7th. That means those of you who are in Daegu for the Chuseok holiday have just enough time to make the trip to Suseong Artpia to check out these exhibitions.

And forget the haters who tell you to stop looking at your phones. Baby animals deserve your attention. I'll keep my eyes peeled for awesome art events in Korea so you don't have to. 

How to get there:

Take the subway to Dong Daegu Station on Line 1. Catch the 403 bus outside of exit 3. Get off at the Suseong Artpia stop. Other busses that stop at Suseong Artpia are the 400, 400-1, 402, 449, and 814. 

Closed on Mondays

- Lisa Highfill


The Biggest One Yet

The [b]racket team are all back and accounted for here in Daegu after our summer vacations -- just in time to offer up our largest issue of [b]racket EVER! This month's issue is a whopping 37 pages. As always, we're featuring work from six talented artists: Rachel Rothwell (mixed media), UNMARU (glitch art), Choi Jae Hoon (drawing), Hae Rim Joung (painting), Gaby Cardenas (mixed media), and Mariya Haponenko (drawing). 

We're givin' ya the internet goods a bit early this month and making the online edition available now. Take a look at the digital issue today and make sure you get your hands on a hard copy this weekend. Check the locations tab at the top of the website to see where you can pick one up.

- Lisa Highfill