Do all expats in Korea eventually turn in to grumpy kimchi-hating perpetual eye-rollers? It can sometimes feel that way. [b]racket artist Kevin Kilgore (featured in the September issue) recently had something to say about the cure for his own bad attitude in the Korea Herald this week.
“It’s so easy to start complaining about life in Korea, especially when you’ve been here for a while,” he told the Herald. “So, I figured I’m here for a reason, and I must like it here, so why not draw about that?”
And so he did. Things I Love About Korea is one of Kilgore’s ongoing projects. The name says it all; he is compiling a list of things he loves about living in the ROK and draws comics to illustrate his points. I found myself agreeing with a lot of “loves” on his list, such as Korea’s delicious and inexpensive food or all the “freebies” that come heavily taped to products you buy at the grocery store. While scrolling though some of Kilgore’s comics I even began to feel a bit sappy and sentimental about those interactions and occurrences that we can only experience here in Korea. Then I remembered how much people spit in the street and got a hold of myself.
But remember to focus on the positives, folks, and keep up with all the Korean things Kevin loves (you probably love ’em too) at his blog.
Check out the article at the Korea Herald which features Kilgore and a number of other artists who have experienced and create comics based on expat life in the country we love, and admittedly, sometimes love to hate.
– Lisa Highfill
You know what Daegu needs? It could really use a bimonthly rotating art gallery in a convenient area of downtown where people can grab a coffee, check out fantastic art, and even buy a piece or two if they really dig it.
Oh look! We happen to have one right here!
I am beyond excited to announce the opening of Gallery [t.]–the result of combined efforts between [b]racket and our longtime supporter T. Morning.
In celebration of this collaboration’s maiden voyage we’ll be keepin’ it in the family with works by our very own Christopher Cote, Jess Hinshaw, and Sybille Cavasin. This first round of art will be displayed from now until February 2nd. After that we’ll be changing it up to feature the artists you know and love from past [b]racket issues.
Be sure to make it out for the opening reception on December 21st from 7-10 P.M.
Gallery [t.] and T. Morning (they are one and the same) are located just outside of Daegu Station. Check out the map below for easy navigating.
– Lisa Highfill
Daegu Art Factory’s current exhibit, Better Than Universe, focuses on future-oriented art. I was able to check it out yesterday during a couple of free hours before work and I am planning to go back again.
Guys, you gotta go.
This exhibition is chock full of talented artists who are truly pioneers in using new technologies as modes of artistic expression.
The whole exhibit is philosophical, technical, emotional, and surprising. A large number of the installations are interactive such as Kim Heesung’s voyaristic look through the uniform apartment windows of Korea. A personal favorite of mine is Hyunwoo Bang and Yoonsil Heo’s (an artistic team who calls themselves ‘everyware’) technologically impressive piece, LEVITATE. I still don’t fully understand how it works and I like it that way.
Yeondoo Jung’s (we just can’t get enough of him, can we?) Handmade Memories video installation is perfectly placed in the exhibit and is something you will want to watch from start to finish.
There are too many great pieces to mention, and I don’t want to ruin all of the great surprises. It’s FREE and it ends on December 15th, so get to Daegu Art Factory this weekend to ponder the universe.
How to get there:
– Lisa Highfill
Korean artist Yeondoo Jung’s parents were not exactly supportive about his decision to go to art school. His father in particular was a bit miffed about the whole thing and made his feelings clear by chucking a crystal ashtray at Yeondoo when he heard about his son’s ambitions.
Wait, didn’t every art kid’s dad do that?
Thankfully, art school and his cat-like reflexes payed off for Yeondoo. He had his first art show in Seoul in 1999 and has been continuing to create and exhibit his work all over the world ever since. Lucky for [b]racket, Yeondoo was gracious enough act as guest curator for our June 2013 issue.
Yeondoo’s work focuses on our perceptions of what is real and what is fantasy. He blurs the line between both concepts with his photographs, films and installations which feel rooted in reality even after being very purposefully staged in a fantastical way.
Yeondoo Jung’s “Wonderland”
Want to see what I mean? Click here to watch the video of Yeondoo Jung’s recent interview with The Creator’s Project (love child of Intel and Vice) where he shows us exactly how his ideas come to life.
– Lisa Highfill
Our final issue of 2013 is out and about! Get your hands on a hard copy at any of the drop off locations, and check out a digital copy on ISSUU or download the PDF.
[b]racket’s December 2013 artists are Kim Sang Yeoul, Kim Woo Jung, Kwon Jae Hyun, Lee Won Gi, Gim Duk Hoon and David Ko.