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GALLERY: Press preview at SeMA

5 Sep

Media City Seoul 2010 kicked off yesterday, September 4 with a press preview at Seoul Museum of Art.  The event was attended by press from near and far, including journalists and industry professionals from the USA, Europe, and Asia.

The day’s events included open gallery viewing, guided tours by curators, and a sound performance by Tarek Atoui.  The reception was overwhelmingly positive, and after such a successful “soft-opening” everyone is very excited for the next two months.

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GALLERY: Mark Bradford finishes installation

2 Sep

Although Mark Bradford’s massive canvas, Kingdom Day, went up on the wall last week, he finished work on it yesterday. It’s quite impressive.

I caught up with him while he was “cleaning” it.  Along with his assistant, he meticulously went over the whole canvas by hand, using rags soaked in a cleaner mixed with a plastic varnish substance.  This serves the purpose of getting all the dust and grime off the surface (don’t forget that he creates collages from found paper from the streets of South Central Los Angeles) while also coating it with a protective covering to preserve it for the future.

Check out the photos below:

GALLERY: Media City Seoul installation part 2

1 Sep

Installation continues at Seoul Museum of Art in anticipation of this weekend’s VIP/Press preview and Monday’s public opening.  It’s interesting to see the progress of various galleries in the museum.

Nearly all the photography installations are up, and lighting adjustments are underway to ensure the best conditions for viewing.  Installation pieces, such as those by Izumi Taro, Xijing Men, and Mark Bradford’s painting are in a constant state of progress.  Izumi’s installation, which documents his life in Seoul over the course of 10 days, is of particular note in this regard.  Sumitomo Fumihiko, a curator for the exhibition, said that the piece will be under constant transformation and revision up until the VIP/Press opening on Saturday.

Video works are mostly waiting for projectors, screens, TV displays, to be installed and set up by the installation staff.  I presume these will be the last pieces to be finished before the opening.

Find photos below of Shilpa Gupta’s Singing Cloud and Untitled, Izumi Taro’s installation piece, Xijing Men’s piece, Yangachi’s video installation, and the structure that will house the first stage of Blast Theory’s interactive piece, Ulrike and Eamon Compliant.

Enjoy!

GALLERY: Installation begins at Seoul Museum of Art

27 Aug

With just nine days until the VIP/press preview of Media City Seoul 2010, installation at Seoul Museum of Art has begun.  The past few days have been devoted to construction of temporary walls to create the intimate spaces where many of the video works will be presented, as well as painting and other preparations. However, with today’s arrival of co-curator Clara Kim (REDCAT, Los Angeles), the first of the photo installations are now being hung.

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Media City Seoul flags go up at SeMA

25 Aug

The publicity blitz continues to pick up steam: today the Media City Seoul flags were installed around the Seoul Museum of Art, replacing the Rodin flags that have been a fixture in the area for the past four months.

We’ll miss seeing The Thinker perched on all the flagposts, but it’s nice to see a change of pace.  Sadly, the flags are all in Korean!  They do look sharp, though.

PHOTOS: Kim Sung Hwan

24 Aug

Kim Sung Hwan brought his newly completed video work, Corn and Washing the Brain, which will be presented for the first time at Media City Seoul 2010.  Here, the artist and Media City Seoul Artistic Director Kim Sunjung talk while technicians prep the projection.

And here are the first images of Kim’s new video, projected on the wall of the office (just to make sure the files are compatible):