The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul will host the Korea Artist Prize 2023 from October 20, 2023 to March 31, 2024.
The ‘Korea Artist Prize’ has been an annual art award program co-organized by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the SBS Foundation since 2012. For its 10th anniversary in 2022, the organization anticipated changes to the program. This is the first exhibition that reflects these changes. From this exhibition, the scale of each artist’s sponsorship has been expanded, the exhibition will showcase not only new works but also previous major works to enhance the understanding of the artist’s artistic world, and the final jury deliberation has been changed to open dialogue between the jury and the artists. Under these changes, four artists were selected as sponsored artists: Gala Porras-Kim, Sojung Jun, KangSeung Lee, and Byungjun Kwon.
Gallery 2 features works by Gala Porras-Kim and Sojung Jun. Gala Porras-Kim focuses on the ways in which museums and galleries form conventions, and the ways in which artifacts and objects influence the context of the places where they are located. Sojung Jun explores the realm that exists outside the process of modernization, evoking new perceptions and sensations of the present. KangSeung Lee’s works on view in Gallery 3 excavate the narratives of excluded others, paying particular attention to the legacy of transnational queer histories and the intersection of queer history with art history. Byungjun Kwon’s work can be found in Gallery 4, where the artist experiments with robots, sound works, and performance directing to explore the potential for human solidarity and expansion in the community.
OCI Museum of Art presents Searching for Karma, a solo exhibition by 2023 OCI YOUNG CREATIVES artist Park Seoyeon (b. 1993), from October 12 to November 11.
Park Seoyeon will present paintings that juxtapose fragmented figures on a multicolored and superimposed screen. The images are taken from popular culture such as webtoons, and novels, and include images of altars, dragons, and phoenixes in the middle of a chaotic screen. These images are understood as escapism or longing for reality within the general narrative of popular culture. But the artist takes the figures out of this narrative and brings them into work.
In doing so, they no longer take on meaning within the narrative, but remain merely symbolic images. The superimposition of colors and the images of popular culture form an incomplete web of meaning, giving the viewer more room for active interpretation.
Park’s paintings fill the second floor of the OCI Museum of Contemporary Art, either filling one wall in a row with no gaps or suspended in the air and stretching to the floor.
From October 18 to November 26, the Sehwa Museum of Art will present the first part of the three-part exhibition “Non-Algorithm Challenge”, titled Tuning the Ears.
“Non-Algorithm Challenge” is designed to think about humanity today when the relationship between humans and non-humans and the boundaries between them are being discussed. Therefore, the exhibition aims to explore humanity that is difficult to define by focusing on the unstructured, non-algorithmic human thought system. To this end, the exhibition is organized into three parts.
This is the first part of the exhibition. The exhibition imagines ‘listening’ as a unique human process that autonomously interprets external data and creates meaning. Bae Insook, Won woori, and Jun HyoungSan will present works related to listening. The artists capture the auditory sense through various media such as video and installation. For example, in Won woori’s installation < Interval Response > (2023), the viewer selects a note by adjusting the controller and the computer employs machine learning to derive a melody.