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Jung Woo Chul_Life Jam No7_Acrylic on canvas_193×260cm_2009


The drive for support programs such as alternative spaces for young artists expanded to the realm of commercial galleries from the early 2000. Among them, Gallery Hyundai's exhibition Class of 2010, founded in 2009 to promote contemporary Korean art seems to have matured in quality. This commercial gallery support program to excavate and promote emerging artists freshly graduated from art schools and to overtake the art market provides a win-win situation for both the artists and the gallery.

Being one of the 20 selected out of 2000 applicants couldn't be a bigger jackpot; after all, who could have dreamt of exhibiting at a nationally acclaimed commercial gallery at such a young age? However, what will be more important to them in the future is the direction in the identity of their art, because as far as art world is concerned, one can easily bite into the bait of Capitalism inherent in the nature of commercial galleries. This means that there's always the concern of having to mass produce works that can be sold, as requested by collectors and galleries. Therefore, what is also betrayed is the deep artistic consideration and continuous inspection of one's art practice that comes from having withstood the storms and gales of being in twenties in the artist's career.

Such fears play the role of a gallery in the traditional sense, numerically increasing artists omnidirectional contests and special exhibitions, magazine publishers, as well as inducing the recent collapse of bubble in the Korean art market.

Chun Sung Gil_Limited-Seoulmilk_Acrlic, regin, pigment_ 48x48x140CM, 2009



At the same time, it's fortunate that many talented artists are spotted as in the case of Class of 2010 exhibition. In the midst of the exhibition where paintings still took up the majority, works that stood out were aesthetic empty spaces in portraits by Yang Yoon-jung and Won Seulg-gi, works by Lim Chang-wook that depicted the refractions of an image, as well as Lim Jeong-yong's paintings in Hyper-Realism style and many other works in young sensibilities which focused on the issues of commercial culture and Pop Art. There is much to look forward to in the future works of these artists.

IAN Art Critic

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