Female cartoonists drawing their bodies. I especially like number 2 by Katie Green and number 8 Lucy Knisley. All of the drawings gave me a sense of camaraderie and mutual understanding.
20 Essential K-Pop Songs according to Pitchfork. K-Pop aficionados, do you agree? Are these essential? My K-Pop favorites like Nobody and Sorry, Sorry are a bit dated.
At the beginning of September, the Leeum and Gwangju Biennale are presenting a forum, “Expanding Experiences in Art.” via e-flux
“Enter Pyongyang” is an observational film of the capital of North Korea created by JT Singh and Rob Whitworth. It’s an interesting watch and does show the capital in a less common light. Though, I can’t help but be distracted by what lays beyond the capital and what isn’t pictured.
Despite not living there anymore, Chicago and the people in it are still close to my heart. In honor of that, check out Zane Davis’s new Tumblr dedicated to a Chicago bridge.
For anyone who is curious, I’m based in San Francisco now.
As a compliment to my article, “Supplementary Skins”, my most recent post for Art Radar Asia, “Giant cyborgs and miniature humanoids: male nudes in South Korean art” reviews work by Lee Yongbaek, Choi Xooang, Dongwook Lee, Hyungkoo Lee, and Kim Joon. See an excerpt below.
Korea is the male make-up capital of the world and cosmetic surgery for men is becoming increasingly prevalent. For business or for pleasure, Korean men are willing to augment their bodies through means beyond pumping iron and following a stringent diet. This sea change in attitude towards acceptable masculinity has not escaped national or international critical comment: Sun Jung’s book Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yosama, Rain, Oldboy, K-Pop Idols digs deeper into changing Korean masculinity, as does Stephen J. Epstein and Rachael M. Yoo’s article “Multiple Exposures: Korean Bodies and the Transnational Imagination.”
Dominic Wilcox via DesignBoom
MINNEAPOLIS: Pantone projects still seem to be hot. This one in particular seems quite tasty. You can follow these decadent creations on instagram @dschwen via DesignBoom.
GERMANY//ITALY//USA: Speaking of food: some odd eggs via Art Daily and DesignBoom.
NEW YORK: Here’s an annotated version of the Armory show via Art Fag City. They also featured our former president’s paintings of pooches!
CHICAGO: Today Autumn Space is holding their Benefit Auction.
CHICAGO: On Friday Research House for Asian Art will have an opening for Above and Beyond the Clouds featuring artwork by Chen Xiaowei and curated by Xie Jiankun.
SOUTH KOREA: An upcoming documentary on the dissemination of the music scene from South Korea via The Grand Narrative.
This Sunday pick your coffee carefully! Huffginton post quotes Seven Elleven saying, ” Obama is leading with 60 percent of ‘votes’ (blue cups). Romney currently has 40 percent.” Do Obama voters just need more coffee? Time will tell.
John Seabrook of the New Yorker wrote, “Factory Girls,” an article that gives a nice overview of K-Pop.
And more on K-Pop with “Gangnam Style” specifically in “The Joys of Incomprehensible Pop Music” by Joshua Rothman. In regard to the global love to this video he says “ignorance is bliss” and refers to “the joy of incomprehension.” I need to write a piece on this.
In case you missed it, I wrote a peice for Sixty Inches From Center on Zane Davis’s photography series, Towards Wolf Point. As always, my favorite part is writing about the images.
Last week, Zane and I went to Daniel Shae’s exhibition opening and book release at the Museum for Contemporary Photography. I recommend stopping by.
I really need to head down to the Renaissance Society to see Danh Vo’s Uterus.
I noticed the Youtube spotlight today and it made my day! K-Pop! Which should I learn to improve my Korean language ability?
2NE1 I AM THE BEST
GD&TOP (KNOCK OUT)
Or an old favorite,
Wonder Girls NOBODY (start at 1:50)