The Gangneung International Art Festival 2023 will run from September 26 to October 29. Exhibitions will be held at six venues: Gangneung Museum of Art, National Center for Forest Therapy, Daegwallyeong, Okcheon-dong Warehouse, Dongbu Market, Dongbu Market Rainbow 233, and Sinyeong Theater. The opening hours and closing days of the spaces vary by location, and a tour bus departs from Gangneung Station every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis.
The theme of the festival, “Seo-Yu-Rok”, is based on the travelogue written by a woman known as ‘Gangneung Kim’, or ‘Lady Kim of Gangneung’, who traveled for 37 days in 1913 from Gangneung to Seoul and back again. Kim travels on foot through the country during a turbulent time and returns from her journey to advocate for the importance of public education for women. The exhibition focuses on the challenging spirit and actions in the text, drawing attention to the sentiments and perspectives that are formed in the city. It also imagines Kim as a guide to the festival, inviting viewers to rethink Gangneung and their ‘homes.’
The exhibition features a variety of artists. Works by HONG Soun, SONG SHIN-KYU, Rosa Barba, Im Hokyoung, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, and Camilla Alberti can be seen at the Gangneung Museum of Art, works by Sunmin Park at Okcheon-dong Warehouse, and works by Woosung Lee, Mackerel Safranski, Jazoo Yang at Dongbu Market. Also, a performance by Tino Sehgal will be presented at the National Center for Forest Therapy, Daegwallyeong, and a video work by Francis Alÿs will be screened at the Sinyeong Theater.
Wongeun PARK and Seok Ho KANG’s two-person exhibition The Phrases of Colors will be on view at Project Space SARUBIA from September 20 to October 15.
The exhibition is part of SARUBIA’s program ‘Studio Project 3’. The project selects emerging artists and helps them to expand their practice by meeting with senior artists, and then presents them in a two-person exhibition. In this exhibition, emerging artist Wongeun PARK meets senior artist Seok Ho KANG.
While both artists focus on the act of seeing, they develop different compositional experiments in exploring the relationship between the world, artists, and painting. Park understands painting as a way of looking at the world and at oneself, and through his paintings he tries to connect the visible world with the world beyond, as well as the different times of the past, present, and future. Seok Ho KANG starts with what he sees, but in the process, he adds conceptual thoughts on the medium of painting. Therefore, he interrogates the act of drawing, the gaze of looking, and explores them on the canvas itself, paying attention to colors, forms, and textures on the canvas. Among the works by Kang on display, there are works selected by Wongeun PARK because he felt they were connected to his own work.
Their works are displayed in close relationship within the exhibition space, considering the space between the walls and the viewer’s movement.
ARTSPACE BOAN’s second half exhibition THE CHOICES WE MAKE will be held from September 15 to October 15. Four artists, Yena Park, Yunju Park, Yeonsu Baek, and Chang Hanna participated in the exhibition.
The exhibition centers on the relationship between objects and humans, and the inherent value of objects existence. In particular, it focuses on the process of discovering the possibilities and values of objects through a continuous relationship with them, rather than a short-term relationship with objects and mass destruction once their use is over. It moves away from the usability of objects from the human perspective to examine the existential value of objects that remain in the world.
All four participating artists capture the voices and times of everyday objects in their works. Yeonsu Baek embodies the process of her relationship with everyday objects through wood carving, while Yunju Park captures the movement and vitality of objects generated by artificial forces. Yena Park imagines a world of corroded and discarded artifacts by reconstructing them, and Chang Hanna creates a new ecosystem called New Rock, implying the process of plastic becoming part of nature and returning to humans.