From August 11 to November 19, ARKO Art Center will present Nho Wonhee: You were there, an exhibition focusing on the artist Noh Wonhee (b. 1948). Noh was a Minjung Art (People’s Art) artist in the 1980s and a founding member of Reality and Utterance. She captured the problems of her time and society in her works and critically addressed the point at which they intruded into the private spaces.
In this exhibition, you can see new works that reflect the artist’s perspective on industrial accidents. In <Dressing Them in Civilian Clothes> (2023), the shadowy figures of victims of several recent industrial accidents are painted. Above them, the victims’ testimonies are written on white squares of fabric that resemble post-it notes. There are also works that reveal the artist’s interest in women’s issues in society. In < Old Household Goods 2> (2019) and < Taking Up a Weapon> (2018), the tools used in domestic work are brought to the fore, resisting the dismissal of women’s labor. The exhibition also includes archives of the artist’s activities and thoughts, as well as illustrations for Hwang Sok-young’s novel serialized in the newspaper Princess Bari (2007.01.03-06.20).
In this way, the artist’s voice can be heard in the exhibition for those who are excluded and invisible in society.
As part of OCI Young Creatives 2023, OCI Museum of Art’s emerging artist support program, SUPERNATURAL, a solo exhibition by Lee Jeong Keun(b. 1989) will be on view from August 10 to September 9.
Lee uses photography as his main medium, and the works in this exhibition are mostly photographs contained within steel sculptures. The frames surrounding the photographs are more prominent than the photographs due to the massive steel sculptures. This tendency is driven by the artist’s experience of having his work destroyed by flooding in his studio. But the frames are not only protective, but also interact with the photographs inside the frame, leading to another direction. <On my way to you> (2023) is based on the artist’s experience of a rat coming out of his house, and the path the rat must have taken to get there is imagined in the photograph. The photograph is contained within an iron sphere with countless horns, which in turn is placed on a blackened pedestal. To view Lee’s photographs in this way, the viewer is forced to examine the ambiguous relationship between the frame and the still image within.
During the same period, OCI Museum of Art will present Open the Window by Yang-Ha, and The Gangwon Pictorial Book by Kwangho Na, a solo exhibition as part of the ‘OCI Again’ program.
From June 27 to September 10, Daejeon Museum of Art will host NEXTCODE 2023: diver, surfer, world builder, an exhibition for young artists. The 25th edition of “NEXTCODE” features artists Kim Piri, Park Dabin, Yoon Yuseong, Lee Deokyoung, and Han Suji, who will present a variety of works using two-dimensional, etching, media, and Chat GPT.
The exhibition begins with works by Han Suji and Park Dabin. Han Suji creates a fictional being called ‘Bitchondria’, which combines the cellular organelle ‘mitochondria’ with the digital unit ‘bit’. She visualizes a pseudo-scientific narrative based on it through video and three-dimensional works. Park Dabin’s work reflects on today’s technological era and addresses the unstable aspects of A.I. and the existential anxiety that artists face because of its birth. Yoon Yuseong’s subsequent work reveals her experience of escaping inertia through bread. Ninety-nine bread and journals documenting the process of making them are staked on one wall. Opposite Yoon Yuseong’s work, Lee Deokyoung’s work continues to explore the image of denseness found in everyday life. Daily landscapes, such as the dense growth of trees and the motion of water, are brought into new focus through the artist’s eyes. Kim Piri depicts maternal and archetypal images such as the navel, umbilical cord, and stem in the mythological space to transfer past traumas to the screen.
This summer-long exhibition will showcase artists who dive into the reality and build their own worlds.