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Did you know there’s an art gallery inside Youngsan Station on the green subway line? If so, I’d like to congratulate you on being a pretty observant person. Even though Metro Gallery is a reasonably large space inside the station, it’s very easy to pass by if you’re not looking for it. Maybe that’s because when you’re there you know that Homeplus is so close by and the only thing you’ve got on your mind is food? Don’t worry, no one’s judging.

Now that you know about it, go check it out! Metro Gallery is currently exhibiting paintings from various artists. Future events at Metro Gallery include an exhibition of interactive light art which will begin on April 1st and run until the end of August.

Metro Gallery isn’t Daegu’s only subway station gallery with art always on display. We’ve previously blogged about the many underground gallery spaces at Beomeo Art Street which is also located on the green line, just inside Beomeo station.

While these spaces could be nice for a quick stop between where you are and where you need to be, they’re well worth a trip of their very own.

To get to Metro Gallery: Get off the train at the Youngsan subway stop, walk upstairs towards the exits and follow the signs for Metro Gallery. The posted hours of operation are 11AM-8PM.

Have you discovered more Daegu subway galleries that others may be missing? If so, let us know in the comments so we can check them out!

-Lisa Highfill

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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.

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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

What to do, what to do. Already went to the new gallery [t.]. Saw the Animamix exhibition at Daegu Art Museum. Went to the Art Factory. What’s left to do on my cultural checklist? Don’t worry, there is another spot you may not have ventured to yet. The wonderfully weird ARC should be next on your list of Daegu art destinations.

The structure, which looks a lot like that spaceship from Flight of the Navigator, is on the westside of Daegu, past Keimyung University at Daesil station. The space is on an expansive concrete pavilion situated on the river, and hosts rotating art exhibitions throughout the year. There is a super cool seamless 360° projection screen on the second floor as well. And don’t worry, there is the requisite cafe on the top floor. You can find some handy instructions on getting there here, but we recommend borrowing one of the free bikes from the Daesil subway station and riding over there. 

Nice open space.Oh, and one more thing. Not to toot our own horn, but we got some more media attention from The Korea Herald last week. You can see the article here. Yay!

– Jess Hinshaw

gallery tYou 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

1390572_10102497420985228_1398978144_nWe’d like to take a moment this week, and seriously thank our longest sponsor – Kim Tae Hun, the owner of Havana Restaurant and all those awesome Havana Expresses.

Havana is an amazing place to chill, eat great food, and be surrounded by art. On the walls of Havana are exhibitions of local artists’ work, and on the window sills is a library of art, style, design, and fashion magazines there for your browsing pleasure. Kim is also a rad artist himself. You can check out his work at his site Dunkin Mustache.

We are pleased as punch that Kim supports art both in his restaurant and through us. Go grab some food or a drink. You’ll be happy you did. (*Update: Havana no longer serves food. But everything else still stands! The coffee is still grand and art is still there to see!)

You can find Havana on the map on our Locations page. It is on the same street as both Thursday Parties. Walk down the street with the Thursday Parties on you left. Keep going past Mass Coffee until you get to the store Fly to You. Havana is just past that. It’s a little blue door. If you’ve made to to the Daegu Bank on your right, you’ve gone too far. Turn around and look up. You’ll see it.

~ Kita Mendolia

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