Patchwork Skins


Sylvie Blocher’s video “A More Perfect Day” inspired by President Barack Obama’s speech “A More Perfect Union” at Artsonje Center’s exhibition A More Perfect Day.


Lisa Jeannin‘s Me Tarzan You Insane (still), 2013. Video via e-flux at the Turku Biennial

Korean Artist Project + Chang Jia

As many of you know, I am currently in East Asia preparing to present at the International Convention of Asia Scholars. Yesterday I left Seoul where I spent time reconnecting with artists and art spaces and discovering new work. One of my first meetings was with Chang Jia on whom I’m presenting next week. We met in 2011 and since then have stayed in touch. In my preparation for our meeting I found a video of Chang  produced by the Korean Artist Project discussing her work. It is five minutes and gives a nice overview of the aims in her work.

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There Is A Body On Screen!

There Is A Body On Screen!: Reflections on Humanities in Contemporary Computer-aided Art considers the dialogue between the United States and China in the context of computer aided art that represents the body virtually and diversely. The exhibition is co-curated by Hanna Yoo and Frank Yefeng Wang and the artists include Wang, Claudia Hart, and Kurt Hentschläger.

Above is an image from the exhibition’s Tumblr.

If you won’t be in China this summer you can follow along with the exhibition via their Tumblr. According to the website, “This tumblr site operates somewhere between digital exhibition catalogue, blog, site for the audience participation. Curator Hanna will also share back stories behind the organizing process here.”

Museum of the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China, May 22 – May 30, 2013, With a special lecture on the opening day

99 Art Center at Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, June 20 – July 2013, With a special lecture and class in conjunction with the exhibition

Congratulations, friends!

1402 SEOK-DONG by Kyoung eun Kang

Last year I met Kyoung eun Kang in New York through my friend Gyun Hur. This Friday, June 21, she has a solo exhibition opening from 7-10 p.m. at Primetime in Brooklyn, NY. Kang uses a variety of media to explore herself and her family as they exist on opposite sides of the globe. Despite the distance, Kang explores  that space through the materials and memories that keep the family linked.

1402 seok-dong Kyoung eun Kang

Image courtesy of Kyoung eun Kang.

In the announcement for the exhibition she explains, “1402 Seok-doing is the Korean address where my family moved in 2 years ago while I was living in New York City. Through this exhibition, I try to imagine their life in their new home. I explore and reconnect family relationships inspired by family’s jokes, care packages sent by my mother, and hidden family stories. The works include a series of poems inspired by recordings of family conversations. A video shows family members recalling my uncle who disappeared at the age of 23. Family jokes are turned into photos and a sculpture made with ceramic radishes and sneaker shoes.”

Opening Reception: June 21, 7-10 p.m.

Closing Reception: July 5, 7-10 p.m.

Kyoung eun Kang’s Website

Who is Alice?

Venice Biennale is not only an opportunity for the featured artists but also a chance for other artists to flood the neighboring art spaces in the City of Bridges. In a designated collateral event, Who is Alice? is an exhibition at Spazio Lightbox curated by Chuyoung Lee featuring 16 artists from South Korea: U-Ram Choe, Young Geun Park, Hong Chun Park, Hein Kuh Oh, Osang Gwon, Yeon Doo Jung, Myung Keun Koh, Dongwook Lee, Xooang Choi, Jung Wook Kim, Doo-jin Kim, Hyungkoo Lee, Beom Kim, Haegue Yang, and Myoung Ho Lee. You have seen Xooang Choi (or Choi Xooang) and Hyungkoo Lee on this blog before. Interestingly, Lee was part of a group that represented South Korea in the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007.

Doo-Jin Kim, The Youth of Bacchus, 2010-2011 via National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea

Who is Alice? is acts as a themed survey of some of the contemporary art made by artists from South Korea the last few years. The artworks selected for the exhibition are from the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea‘s permanent collection. They give an overview of the rooms on their website and where you can also see some images of the work . In the statement the curator says that Who is Alice? “will greet you with a hand coyly outstretched and, before you know it, will have whisked you away into its phantasmagoric depth of contemporary Korean art.” The exhibition has received ample international coverage on online sources such as e-flux and Art in Asia.

“Supplementary Skins: the female nude in South Korean contemporary art” (Art Radar Asia)

I recently started contributing to Art Radar Asia! See my first two articles here and here. They also asked me to write an article on the female body in contemporary South Korean Art. I focused on Lee Rim, Miru Kim, and Nikki S. Lee for the article but could have included many more artists!

“Even today, artists using the nude figure create a distance between the model and the viewer and convey a sense of modesty. The body, even when fully unclothed, is exposed modestly.”

To read the piece in it’s entirety click here.


Jin Xing + Gender Binary

Image via Art Space China

I just finished reading “Jin Xing: China’s Transsexual Star of Dance” a chapter from Celebrity in China edited by Louise Edwards and Elaine Jeffreys. The chapter reviews various writing and interviews about the dance star Jin Xing. In doing so, the authors Gloria Davies and M. E. Davies unfold an analysis of Jin Xing’s experience as a public figure who is a known transsexual in China.

I was struck by the conclusion of the chapter (190-191),”…her gender conformity has enabled the media to narrate her life the way she prefers it: namely, as the story of a talented dancer who achieved fame and success, who ‘cured’ her gender dysphoria to become the woman she had always felt herself to be. This is not a story that challenges the sexual binaries (whether of man/woman, masculine/feminine, straight/gay) that rule our lives. Rather, it is a story that confirms how powerfully those binaries continue to rule our lives.”

The conclusion highlights a cut and dry perspective of gender and sexuality adopted by Jin Xing. It is important to consider that lens in regards to transgender. That being said, to me gender and sexuality are much more messy than that.

Chicago, where’s the heat?

A la Plage, a la Piscine: Aerial Beach Photographs by Gray Malin via DesignBoom

It’s June and Chicago is demurely hovering around 65  F (18 C) at best. Consider this post my plea to the city to bring us some heat! I want hot. I want sweaty. I want grueling. Bring it! (Or I could just hop on a plane and head to the beach in France pictured above.) Check out the post on DesignBoom to see aerial views of beaches in  Portugal, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and the USA.

Robert MAPLE-thorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait, 1975 via The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Art Space released their second volume of How to Pronounce Artists’ Names. I’ve heard Robert Mapplethorpe’s last name pronounced two ways and had to scour Youtube videos to make sure I used the correct pronunciation for a lecture. These two volumes would have been helpful then! I hope they keep it up! Here are Volume 1 and Volume 2.