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If you happen to be in Seoul at all this November, head down to the bar Chez Robert in Hongdae. Grab a drink and stare at the wall. The thing is, the piece of wall you’re staring at will probably not be the same as the piece of wall it’s hanging on. No, you haven’t had too many, nor are you in the twilight zone. The multilayered wall you’re staring at, potentially causing a serious contemplation of solipsism, is part of Giho Lee’s Having A Conversation With A Wall. Featured in [b]racket’s November 2012 issue, Lee’s work continues to study the idea of communication, this time, asking the viewer, “What if walls could talk, what do you think they’d say?” Head over and take a look. See what the walls say to you.

~ Kita Mendolia

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Ra Ra Riot will be playing at Urban in downtown Daegu on Tuesday, October 29th. Want to go? That’s awesome. Let’s make it awesome-er. Use the codeword [bracket] at the door and get a drink on the house (let me spell it out: when they ask you for your cover charge say B-R-A-C-K-E-T really loud. They will then bless you with a free beer). How about even more awesome-er. The first 5 people to post a comment on [b]racket’s Facebook page telling us “My favorite [b]racket featured artist is _________.” will get one free ticket to the show!

Here’s Ra Ra Riot’s Facebook event.

You can always find [b]racket at Urban, and other snazzy places. Locations map here.

Haven’t heard of the band? Check out the Ra Ra Riot page on SUPERCOLORSUPER.

~ Kita Mendolia

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Drinks, a chill atmosphere, and amazing fine art all at the same time? Can it be true?! Tenille van den Berg, featured in this October’s issue, has a joint show with Sophia Um at the bar Post606. van den Berg’s ethereal photos contrast really well against Um’s incredibly colourful and vivid pieces. Drinking my beer and crunching on very fresh pretzels, I found myself in an interesting space balanced between van den Berg’s untouchable world beyond science, and Um’s very real and tangible world of hugs and physical connection. The show definitely inspires good food for thought – or beer as the case may be. Head down to Post606 and ponder life between sips. Or just enjoy looking at beautiful art, because that’s always a good time, too. Here’s a map and here’s the Facebook event. This is van den Berg’s website.

I was also able to get a short interview with van den Berg on her art and the show. Here’s what she had to say:

Kita Mendolia: Your photos are so beautifully creepy. Were you specifically trying to go for the shiver-up-the-spine feeling or did it just naturally evolve from both your medium of pin-hole photography and the subjects?

Tenille van den Berg: From the outset I envisioned creating ethereal images. While I was doing research on ‘ghost-like’ images, I came upon old pinhole photos and I immediately fell in love with the ‘creepiness’ as well as the ‘softness’ it captures. I felt that this art form would be best to convey the theme of spirituality (the unseen, supernatural, that which we can not explain). 

KM: Are those pictures of flakes of wax? ‘Cause that’s way cool. It looks like skin. Was that on purpose?

TB: I used modelling wax to make these ‘petal-like’ forms. I looked at enlarged images of cancer cells and they looked like flower petals. I recreated them to form a dialogue with the pinhole images (they represent the end of material existence). It is interesting that you see these as skin, since I intended to show them as part of our biological make-up albeit a different one.

KM: Why black and white versus colour?

TB: From the beginning it felt as if there was no space for colour, if it makes sense. Using colour was never an option. The black and white represents the two ‘worlds’ I was exploring, the world of science vs the world of the unexplained.

KM: Are those your feet? Or do you use a different model?

TB: Yes, they are my feet. It was quite a mission with the pinhole camera to get it done, I had a lot of laughs doing it.

KM: What is the next thing you’re working on?

TB: At the moment I’m working on mixed media drawings. I make use of ink and bleach. I like the sepia colour that comes through when I mix the ink and bleach. I’m still stuck on feet…

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Well, I for one can’t wait to see more of her feet (in a totally non-creepy fetish sort of way). Keep your eye on [b]racket’s blog. We’ll let you know when and where you can see more yourself.

~ Kita Mendolia

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DSC_0067Do you like parades? Yes, you do. Who doesn’t like parades? Ok, so maybe not everyone. But, you’re here reading this so you must like art. And for that reason, you should head downtown this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This weekend, the main shopping street that runs north to south between Daegu Station and Banwoldang Station will be hosting the annual Colorful Daegu Festival. This year’s theme is “I Like Color, I Love Daegu.” The festival works to bring together artists, performers, and the citizens of Daegu in two and a half days of celebration.

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The main street is divided into two main sections. The southern section of the festival – between Jungangno Station and Banwoldang Station – has different spots reserved for performances of all sorts. Check out the bottom of the post on the blog Everyday In Korea for the program schedule in English. The parade, which is actually a contest, will be on Saturday and Sunday from 6:30pm to 9pm. The participants in this colorful contest range from businesses and clubs, to schools – elementary on up to university, to groups representing different districts in Daegu. And they are all competing for a tier of cash prizes totalling 100 million won! Holy jeez, that’s a lot of money! The criteria? Be colorful and express your group.

Art booths will be set up along the northern section between Daegu Station and Jungangno Station. [b]racket’s own Christopher Cote and Jess Hinshaw as Mesh Printing will have a booth from 4pm – 10pm on Saturday. Come out and grab some truly awesome prints. (Super-light art perfect for taping up on these concrete Korean walls that you can’t hammer a nail into!) In this area, there will also be an open air cafe, a stage for music and for busking (*exclamation point!*), and a place to draw some of your own art with chalk (*double exclamation point!!*). Release your inner kid and draw with some chalk on the street!

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(Sorry the map is only in Korean. It is literally the only one I could find that had useful information on it. No joke, guys.)

The zones are different spots for performance art. Again, check out Everyday In Korea for the time table. If you can read Korean or have a Korean pal, here’s the website for the event. Come out and join the celebration. Who knows what amazing displays are in store for those of us who come out to see the artists, performs and people of Daegu! I know I’ll be there. You should be too.

~ Kita Mendolia

[b]racket’s one year anniversary issue!!! One whole year! We’re so happy to still be around. It’s out and about. Go get your copy or peruse it here. Want a downloadable PDF? Here you go.

In the October Issue: Jung Bo Yeon, Kim Hyun Soo, Kim Hyun, Andy Knowlton, Tenille van den Berg, Lee Eun Joo

 

I know you’re busy. I know if it were up to you you’d be in some eclectic gallery right now taking in all the art. But there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to for you to fulfill your craving for art. It isn’t your fault. Luckily, you can actually see some stimulating art the next time you… catch the subway?

In conjunction with the Colorful Daegu Festival that is happening this month, the Daegu Culture Foundation has organized an “Art Metro.” If you are lucky enough, you’ll catch this special train and find yourself in a different place, in a car full of art (a welcome change from those pesky adverts).

Until October 20th the Art Metro will run 16-18 times a day. According to a rough schedule that Colorful Daegu sent me, it looks like the train runs every other hour. I emailed Colorful Daegu via facebook with questions on how to see the train and found them to be  very helpful. They’ll give you the scheduled departure time from the station closest to you. Just keep in mind this train only runs on the RED LINE, line number 1.

There are four carriages out of six whose interiors are covered with art. You can find more information about the artists and the content here. Our favorite car is a toss up between Hee Jeong’s pink 2001-esq speed lines and Jae Ho’s black and white monster, complete with black lighting and pillows lining the upper storage racks.

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Lee Jae Ho’s work (above) feels like you’ve been swallowed by a Charles Burns beast. And that’s a good thing.

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The train Hee Jeong designed is filled with colorful decals, all creating some fabricated acid trip. Half the fun is watching the reactions as other passengers board the train.

Catching the train has never been so experiential. I’d love to see one of those buskers try to sell a knife sharpener in one of these!

~Jess Hinshaw (filling in for the very sick Kita Mendolia)