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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

REVIEW: Leeum's Flash Cube Photography Exhibit

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A review I wrote for VISITSEOUL.NET:

Flash Cube is the current exhibition at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, conveniently located in the heart of Itaewon: Western town. The exhibit includes works of over 20 photographers hailing from around the globe.

The repository of arts and culture is a uniting force of Korean and foreign art. Located on the hillside of Namsan mountain, Leeum was designed by world renowned architects, to accommodate the evolution of fine art. The gallery feels tucked away, like a lesser known jewel of Seoul city.

English docents are available Sat & Sun at 3PM, so you can get a better understanding of the exhibition suitable for theorists, photographers, and the public alike. The 90 minute weekend tour covers Leeum museums 1 & 2, which respectively showcase traditional and contemporary art.

Flash Cube engages in an open-ended exploration of space, environment and architectonic constellations. The International photos are displayed in ways that compliment the themes: Fluid Inner Space, Open Urban Space and Installative Space. A common string is photography’s power to create a perceived reality.

‘Fluid Inner Space’ focuses on interiors, showing works by Candida Hofer, Lee Yoon-jean, Mieke Van de Voort and Klaas Hoek, as well as Hiroshi Sugimoto and David Claerbout. Gerard Byrne’s series provides a window into what was once the photographic space of creation: the darkroom.

Photographers David Claerbout and Hiroshi Sugimoto evoke the experience of time by slowly emerging images, like those of a drive in movie theatre. In another series, called “U Become Snow,” large snowflakes fall from an upper vantage point, and you feel you are falling with them.

I was struck by German photographer, Andreas Gursky’s Paris, Montparnasse. It’s a facinating look into hundreds of windows in a multistory, unusually oblong building. At first glance, the structure appears to be lifeless, but upon closer inspection, the observer is privy to human activity, furniture, people doing laundry and going about their day.

The photo is full of character and wit, but is equally uncanny in its representation of space and nonidentity. Gursky plays with photography’s perspectivitst capacities, presenting what seems to be an alternate reality.

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Visit the posh Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, a real treat for art and architecture enthusiasts!
The Flash Cube exhibition runs through Sept. 30 at the museum, located near Exit 1, Hangangjin Station, Subway Line No. 6. www. leeum.org for more details.

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21 comments:

Jonathan in Florida said...

Hey there Eva... I've been reading your blog for a while now. You have a good eye for photographs, some of the shots in this post are really nice. I've actually noticed before (after you got your camera obviously) that you seem to have a keen eye, but these architectural shots were quite impressive; nice composition, use of shadows and reflection, very crisp. Nice Job! I want to eventually teach in Korea, and b/c of your blog, I'm seriously considering Suwon.

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Thanks for your encouragement! Are you a photographer?

As far as living in Korea goes, I would recommend Seoul over Suwon in a heartbeat. There is so much to do there.

Chrissy said...

Beautiful photos, Eva! What talent!

Justin said...

Well, I just entered this comment to say your photo was well composited as like works by a professional photographer.

Good on you!

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Awwww , thanks Chrissy and Justin!!

Sam said...

Those giant spider/War of the Worlds sculptures look exactly like Louise Bourgeois'"Maman" in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo.

Edward said...

Hey Jonathan,

I'd say that whether or not you want to teach in Seoul, Suwon, Busan or Jejudo or wherever, depends on what you want to see and where you want to be around. Some people want to see another culture in it's purest form without the trappings of modern civilization in a rustic and naturalistic setting. If that's you, then Seoul may not be for you. If you want to see natural settings and more innocence, with more of a chance to "go native" the maybe you should teach in either Jejudo or Taegu. If you like a cosmopolitan environment with a lot of Western friendly trappings and a huge expat community, then Seoul or Busan may be your cup of tea.

Given that Eva spends A LOT of time in Seoul, I'm thinking you are more into the former rather then the later.

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

I'm moving to Seoul ; )

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