“Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything were known?”
2016 has been a year of shocks and surprises and the future seems to be an unknowable and frightening prospect but perhaps we can tackle these uncertainties through art. At first glance it may seem a difficult task to take a look at the theme of mystery and draw any conclusions but on December 3rd Busan based art collective Exotic Beasts will do just that. For their fifth group exhibition in two years the collective have gathered fifteen Korean and expat artists together to explore the idea of mystery and what it means to them.
The group exists to bring together local and international artists so they can work together and build an appreciation of art, in all its forms, in their city of Busan. The group hopes that the exhibition will act as a bridge between communities to breed understanding, discussion and perhaps collaboration. In many ways the local and expat communities are a mystery to each other but, perhaps, by realising the similarities in our understanding of the mysterious we can appreciate that we’re not so different.
The art will include beautiful pottery created by Korean artist Hwaram, delicate and elegant illustrations by Busan based Min the Elephant, spectacularly detailed animal illustrations by English artist Rosamond Clay, digital explorations of form by Mora Song, hilarious, low-brow illustration by Michael Melson plus many more interesting and evocative pieces.
The exhibition will take place in Café NADA in the Suyeong area, close to Gwangan beach, of Busan and will continue for one week (until the 10th). At the opening event on the 3rd (from 2pm-7pm) you can enjoy a Saturday afternoon perusing the art while listening to several local musicians. There will be a number of select pieces of art available to purchase through silent auction as well as posters and postcards to purchase and some interactive art for everyone to get involved with.
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