One artist in Seoul has a mission: to create a community where expats and Koreans can express themselves through visual art.
This spring White Box Theatre will be bringing "Art" to Seoul.
"By 'Art' I don't mean abstract paintings, sculptures or strange installations that leave the audience baffled," creative director of White Box, Desiree Munro said. Munro is referring to the Tony Award-winning comedy by French dramatist Yasmina Reeza.
Indeed, the themes of the comedy verge on utter contempt for any form of art that could be described as pretentious or even abstract.
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Artist name: Dan Perjovschi
Exhibition name: The News after the News
Running Dates: September 24 – December 4
Location: Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Pyeongchang-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (north of Bukaksan Park)
Medium: comic-book style drawings
The mention of eroticism in a public forum invokes taboo reactions and pornographic connotations from the majority of scrutinizers. This is exactly what a group of artists seeks to transcend with the exhibit Erotic Fantasies at the newly opened Café Blind Spot.
“The best erotic art is subtle, playful and suggestive, rather than obvious and explicit,” said IAC director Richard Beaumont. “It leaves plenty of room for the viewer to complete the fantasy using their own imagination. Erotic art is never deliberately obscene, crude or offensive.”
No matter how much artists want to get involved, being an expat artist has its own unique set of advantages and challenges.
Benefits can include press coverage of artists’ lives in Korea. However, being an English teacher by day is not always a good thing when you’re an artist the rest of the time. “We tend to be seen as English teachers who paint, no matter where we’re from or what our occupations may be,” said Mike Stewart.