Make Your Movements: Korean Contemporary Objects, A New Approach (1 August - 17 September 2016) is an exhibition curated to showcase a new phase in Korean craft, featuring craftsmen and women who are all influenced by the concept of ‘movement’. Art Talk will explore the differences and similarities between the Crafts movements of the UK and Korea, considering how both traditional and new techniques are symptomatic of a renewed appreciation of crafts as a contemporary depiction of everyday living.
Kyounrgin Park, the curator of Make Your Movements: Korean Contemporary Objects, A New Approach. Her major exhibitions include: G-Dragon PEACEMINUSONE, a collaboration with Korean pop singer G-Dragon at Seoul Museum of Art and Future in Hands, the main exhibition at the Craft Trend Fair 2015 in Seoul.
Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council, will chair the talk. As the national agency for contemporary craft the Crafts Council aims to increase the economic potential by supporting makers as small businesses and stimulating the market for craft. Rosy is currently President of World Crafts Council Europe.
Joining the panel will be Yongjin Chung, a Korean artist featured in Make Your Movements: Korean Contemporary Objects, A New Approach exhibition. Yongjin Chung uses 3D techniques and 3D programs in his work but embraces the sentiment of craft as one of his creative means.
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The exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre UK brings together 19 designers, makers and craftsmen from Korea whose collections range from 3D printed accessories and furniture to jewellery and ceramics. Curated by Kyoungrin Park, the show explores the theory of movement in craft, taking as a starting point the way craftsmen move during their creative work, and how a completed object leaves the hands of its maker imbued with their manual knowledge; it then travels to an exhibition hall, an art gallery or a store, therefore generating another movement.
In selecting the designers and their work for the exhibition, Park gives an overview of Korean crafts spanning both the traditional and the innovative, showcasing contextual methods and techniques that reflect both the changes in Korean culture and the idiosyncrasies of centuries old crafts solutions adapted to today’s society.
From lacquered metal trays that double up as hanging pictures, to 3D printed objects that are highly manipulated by hand, ceramics taken to unprecedented levels of thinness to the point of becoming transparent, and furniture designed specifically for traditional market traders, this exhibition allows western viewers to immerse themselves in a world that is both exotic yet familiar, and invites them to interact with the physical qualities of the objects to appreciate their inner essence, in a near-performative exchange.
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