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

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...


...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

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

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