First Impression: Contemporary Korean Sculpture Exhibit

By February 3, 2014 Events

The skills and philosophy of Korean sculptors will be revealed at the exhibition, First Impression: Contemporary Korean Sculpture at the Korean Cultural Office Gallery. The exhibition features 33 sculptures created by 22 contemporary Korean artists, and artworks reflect deep speculation on people, life and society in modern days. It is our first exhibition held at the Korean Cultural Office Gallery of this year and it is the first of its kind that only focuses on contemporary Korean sculpture in Australia.

Some of participating artists will not be introduced for the first time to Australian audiences. For example, Byung-doo Moon’s beautiful artwork, I have been dreaming to be a tree…II, was loved by Australian and international audiences at the Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in 2011 with its People’s Choice Prize winning.

The tree branch motif of the prize winning artwork is used in subtly different way in his new series, Your Place, exhibited at First Impression. Sang-bong Lee and Tae-guen Yang’s sculptures have also exhibited at the Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, so their forms and styles will be familiar to some Australian audiences.

In addition, those who have travelled Korea, especially its capital city Seoul, they would remember the huge statue of King Sejong, the inventor of Korean language (Hanguel), in Gwanghwamun.

Young-won Kim, who made the statue, will also exhibit his relevantly smaller piece artwork than the statue King Sejong, which describes a person’s investigation of their inner self.

Exhibition Opening: 19th February 2014

The exhibition will open from 5.30pm on the 19th of February at the Korean Cultural Office Gallery. All guests are welcome.

There will be two participating artists at the opening to provide a brief introduction of their artworks and contemporary Korean sculpture in general.

With the high interests on traditional Korean crafts from Australian audiences, this exhibition will give you a chance to take a look at the level of contemporary Korean sculpture at a glance and it will make your First Impression on contemporary Korean sculpture.

When: Wednesday 19th February to Friday 9th May 2014

Korean Cultural Office
Ground Floor, 255 Elizabeth St, Sydney

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