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You’re only a couple of days away from having a brand new [b]racket magazine in your hands! Can’t hardly wait? Then give yourself a sneak peek of one of March’s featured artists.

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Two of Choi Yoon Kyeong’s meticulously constructed installation pieces are currently on display in Beomeo Art Street. While we will feature photographs of Choi Yoon’s work in our March issue, you owe it to yourself to see the impressive installations in person. Hop off the train at Beomeo on the green line, head towards exit 8, and check out Space 2.

In other [b]racket artist news, our current Gallery [t.] artist Aoife Casey has been spotlighted at culturemmag.com (the visual news partner of The Korea Times). Take a look at the large selection of photos from The Natural Beauty Project Seoul 2013, Aoife’s most talked about work in Korea.

The collection features black and white portraits of Korean women who have had no plastic surgery to date. Aoife brings up issues surrounding beauty ideals in Korean culture with this body of work while also celebrating the unique natural beauty of each individual subject.

Along with making [b]racket each month, we’ve been working hard on a little something behind the scenes and are looking forward to unveiling it very soon. So keep your eyes peeled on facebook for [b]racket news!

– Lisa Highfill

Moments Watches King SejongMatt Ferguson’s art caught our attention back in 2012; so much so that we decided to make it our cover art for the very first issue of [b]racket. Since then, Matt has moved from Korea, but his collaboration with Moment Watches suggests that his time in the ROK made a lasting impression. His unique and simplistic watch design depicts King Sejong, the beloved Korean historical figure responsible for the creation of Hangul, with a tear running down his face.

Matt created this work to illustrate that while Korea’s hasty rise in industry and economic power have proven fruitful for the nation, it has come at a cost to the country’s traditional culture and values. He believes that King Sejong might be happy to see Korea as successful as it has become. However, he might also be saddened by what it took out of the Korean people and environment to get here. Matt’s work is a reminder of the line that Korea walks between their love of tradition, and their drive to be a leader in the modern global economy.

While it might be a somewhat serious message, it’s a seriously awesome-looking watch. Click here to check out the timepiece that serves as Week 12 for Moment Watches’ “Year of 52 Moments” campaign.

Sidenote: If you were planning on coming to Gallery [t.] this Saturday, Aoife Casey’s reception has been postponed until February 15th. So we’ll see you all NEXT weekend!

– Lisa Highfill

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Downstairs feels like the bar in your friend’s basement–but not in a sad, moldy way. Let’s imagine that your friend has great taste and is also a skilled carpenter who handsomely remodeled the entire space with dark woods and installed the closest thing to a fireplace you’re going to find in Korea. Let’s also imagine that your friend has more than Hite and stale bar snacks to offer you. This friend is sounding more like a friend I want to have.

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On any given night Downstairs could be packed with foreign teachers and Keimyoung University students, or a respite from the work week for a couple of regulars posted at the bar, chatting with the bartender, and inviting you to have a seat. The mood is relaxed and the place feels homier than any other bar I’ve been to in Daegu. NFL flags hang from the ceiling, but Downstairs is only a sports bar if there is a crowd large enough who want it to be. It’s the place that will play the song you want to hear. It’s the bar that mixes you that one cocktail that you like and cannot for the life of you get any other bartender in Daegu to make because it’s not on the menu.

This weekend, take a break from downtown and head to Keimyung on Deagu’s west side. Follow the blue light down the stairs from the street and a stack of [b]racket magazines will greet you at the door. Pick one up, order a drink, and feel good about supporting an awesome business that supports the [b]racket mag you love.

Downstairs is open Tuesday thru Sunday from whenever you get off work until whenever things get quiet. That tends to usually be 7PM-3AM.

Directions:
If you are walking from Keimyung University’s East Gate, cross the street and head west (away from campus). Walk half a block and take a right at the NH bank on the corner. Take your first left, and Downstairs will be the second stairway on your left.

– Lisa Highfill

Seoul radio station TBS gave [b]racket some air time last week. Our multiple hat-wearing support team member Julian voiced the motivations, intentions and hopes for our magazine to the public. Take a listen to the radio spots below to hear the whole story of the origins of [b]racket, and why we treat treat the magazine as a “portable gallery” for all of our readers to enjoy. You can also learn a bit more about a few of Daegu’s smaller art gems such as The Pollack bookstore and Gallery [t.]

As Julian mentions in the following clips, we’ve “published 14 issues, held art shows for artists at Keimyung University, found support from Daegu Gyeoungbuk Design Center (DGDC), and started a gallery space” all in just a little over a year. Not bad for a little Daegu art mag, huh?

All of this cannot be mentioned without a huge, echoing THANK YOU to everyone who has picked up an issue of [b]racket, attended our shows at Keimyung University’s Black Gallery or Gallery [t.], contributed their art or writing or time, or advertised with us. There are no self-made men (or magazines), and we know that without all of you art lovers we wouldn’t have come nearly this far.

 

– Lisa Highfill

20140108_143637-1As you might have picked up by now, us [b]racket folk love to promote artists living in Korea. We recently stumbled upon a store in downtown Daegu that is doing just that. Social Market opened its doors less than two months ago and is full of handmade crafts and unique pieces from artists throughout Korea. As I was browsing today I was kicking myself for not making it to this place before Christmas! I spotted loads of small pieces that would have made perfect gifts. The work for sale includes small art prints, handmade jewelry and bags, pottery, cards, and countless other handcrafted items. I recommend ordering a coffee at the counter and moseying upstairs to the loft to flip through their selection of art books and magazines.

I picked up two small prints from artist Gwon Soojeong for (get ready for it) 3,000 won (WHAT?? I thought it was a mistake. It was not.) I had to stop myself from buying a SICK handmade bag because I have too many bags–but if we’re being totally honest I’ll go back and get it this weekend because can you really have too many awesome bags?

In addition to selling unique items Social Market is also holding crafting events throughout the month of January. Check out the schedule of classes and directions below.

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Making A Grain Hand Warmer by Titisae
Jan. 11th (Sat) @ 2PM
12,000won (including material fee)

Making A Dream Catcher by Yudali
Jan. 18th (Sat) @ 6PM
30,000won (including material fee with free drinks)

Making ‘Wish’ Bracelets by Hohogangi
Jan. 25th (Sat) @ 3PM
20,000won (including material fee for a pair of bracelets with free drinks)

How to get there:
From Exit 3 of Jungangro Station on Line 1, go one block straight (on bus street) and you’ll see Dong-a pharmacy (동아약국). Social Market is right next to the pharmacy.

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– Lisa Highfill