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Celebrating its third year, the exhibition “Propose 7” demonstrates the successful implementation of The National Art Studio’s ‘artists promotion policy’. The National Art Studios in Changdong and Goyang established respectively in 2002 and 2004 have become model cases of residency program for public and private galleries constructed since then. The initial operation methods of the Studio were simple, providing workspaces for artists and presenting end results through open studios. Now, however, they have developed into a residency program not only for Korean artists but for international artists as well, thanks to diverse and dynamic artist promotion policies such as “Invitation of Foreign Artists”, “Exchange Residency Program with Foreign Artists”, “Artist Advisers Program Linked with On-Location Critics and Curators”, and “Locally Linked Programs” that allow the artists to communicate with the public. These programs have only been possible through passionate activities of professional program managers and support from the Art Studio.

 

As its title suggests, Propose 7 is one of active artist promotion programs that select seven artists and provides them with a debut stage (of course there are some who already have exhibition experience!). The greatest characteristic of this exhibition lies in the method where it selects critics, curators and reporters who work together with the artists in diverse areas of Korean art, and matches them 1 on 1 with the artist.

 

Connection between critics and artists is an essential relationship within the art arena, but 1 on 1 matching method in such a collective scale is not very common. In particular, it certainly is not easy for young artists who are stepping into the field of art for the first time to have such real opportunities for self-promotion in this way, and it can be said that they have received the highest incentive as an artist. The writers introducing the artists are composed of specialists active in the art arena such as critics, curators, and reporters, and therefore are the actual targets of cooperation for the artists. Also, due to the characteristics of the exhibition, the participating specialists cannot avoid being burdened with the responsibility of continually acting as a mentor to promote continued growth of the artist they have been put in charge of.

 

One of the interesting aspects of this year’s exhibition was the artist introductions that the writers wrote freely and in diverse forms following their own personal tendencies.

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Park Yong Sik_On the borderline_300x120x218cm_2007

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Kim Si ha_A broken piece_third artisic tension _mixed media_240×122×100cm_2008

The critic Shim Sam-yong analyzed Kim Hyeon-jun’s corrugated cardboard sculpture with a sharp eye, and defined it as the aesthetics of irony making a satire of oratory absence of objects. Ryu Dong-hyeon, who is a reporter for an art magazine, talked about Lee Jeong-min’s Powerpoint graphic work, which combined line drawings and photographs, as if he was reporting on location. Art critic and curator Kim Jong-gil interpreted Shin Min-a’s work of welcoming audience on the 1st floor of the gallery wearing a salesperson outfit, as barcode and letters that shake the structure of perception, as capital value and meaning value, language and tragic quality of “gap” that explores non-communication and rift in communication.

 

In ‘Letter to H’, curator Lee Su-jeong sent a love letter filled with loving affection to the artist Kim Shi-ha who ‘Believes in the Power of Art’, whereas curator Min Byeong-jik tenaciously revealed and analytically interpreted Jeong So-yeong’s obsession with space who “shows new space through transformation and extension of space.”

 

Kim Yun-kyeong, the Director of Mongin Art Center, inspected through “dialectical voyeurism” the artist’s interest in exploring “the existence of reverse side that has been concealed and hidden within reality” to display her serious perspectives as an observer about Lee Myeong-jin’s work. Curator Ryu Han-seung summarized, categorized and explained Park Yong-sik’s overall works in a kind and clear way. 

 

Composing this group of writers possessing such diverse individuality and tendencies was only possible thanks to the organizer who desired to introduce the studio artists from all directions by utilizing all possible channels that encompass all areas of art. Clear-set goals of the exhibition, writers who participated gladly, and highly motivated artists with determined passion combined together to maximize synergy, and that is a great virtue of this exhibition.

 

BY Lee Chu Young, Assistant Curator, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

Posted by EYEBALL_Media Arts Webzine


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