Come For The Cartoons, Stay For The Art


With the exception of the terribly misogynistic pop hit, I love blurred lines. When two or more definitively different groups start to merge and subsequently confuse people, it makes me feel all warm on the inside. It’s exciting to see ideas that were previously mutually exclusive come together to create something new, especially in the world of art.

In the past, comics and animation have been seen as entertainment for children rather than “legitimate” forms of high art to be appreciated and explored. But why can’t animation and comics as mediums or subject matter be considered fine art if there is a meaning and message behind it all? Animation and comics, often childlike in their honesty and enthusiasm, have proven to be very useful tools of social critique.

The Animamix Biennale at Daegu Art Museum is currently exhibiting artwork that allows viewers to enjoy the youthfulness and unpredictability of comic and animation art. Many of the pieces in the biennale mix what some would consider the polar opposites of “high” and “low” art. For example, Jeong Soyoun’s realistic oil paintings of fluffy clouds and sunsets serve as backdrops for cultural cartoon icons. Jeong’s paintings surprised me at first; I couldn’t seem to quickly classify them as one type of art or another. The lines were blurred. I was a little confused. And it all made me supremely happy.


Other works featured at the Animamix Biennale include a comically disheveled and oversized Pooh Bear, a meditative Mickey Mouse, and a “bilateral theater” made out of plastic storage crates on which you can lounge and enjoy an animated film that might teach you more about the meaning of life than you thought pencil drawings set to music ever could.

The Animamix Biennale runs until February 2nd. Let your childlike attraction to cartoons draw you in and your critical grown up side think it all over.

How to get there:
Subway: Daegu Grand Park Station on subway line #2 at Exit No.5
A shuttle bus that runs every 30 minutes can take you from the subway station to the museum for free. Or you can say, “Eff this, it is way too cold to wait for a shuttle,” and take a cab from the station.
The 604 and 403 busses also stop at the museum.

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– Lisa Highfill

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