16 MARCH – 3 JUNE
Cultural Conversations: South Korea – Australia presents artworks and video interviews by 14 pre-eminent artist from both countries.
Comprising a wide range of genres spanning painting, sculpture, installation and performance, this exhibition features six Korean artists and eight Australian artists sharing their lives, career paths, artworks and artistic insights in their own voices. It is a rare opportunity to explore the modern and contemporary art scene in Korea and Australia through the in-depth discussions between artists and art experts.
Kim Kulim is a pioneer of avant-garde Korean art, who has been experimenting with various genres such as painting, sculpture, happening, installation, mail art, and land art. ©http://ocula.com/artists/kulim-kim
Lee Kun Yong is one of Korea’s representative avant-garde and experimental artists. For more than 40 years, he has significantly expanded and diversified the ecosystem of Korean contemporary art with his relentless spirit of originality and experimentation. ©
Kim Kyoung-woon, Lee Kun Yong-In Snails Gallop, MMCA, 2014
Lee Seung Taek has an innovative and diverse practice that often questions established political, social and artistic values. ©http://www.galleryhyundai.com
Suh Yong Sun is widely known both for his series works in which the people in cities are depicted and for his history paintings where historical incidents are visualised, although he has dealt with a variety of themes such as figures, landscapes, history, war and myth. ©http://www.hakgojae.com
Yoon Jin Sup is a freelance curator, art critic and artist. He currently curated ‘Dansaekhwa: Korean Monochrome Painting’.
Yun Suk Nam has been working assiduously as a representative Korean feminist artist for the past 30 years. She, in particular, focused on maternal instinct and strength; artist showed uneasy inner world of women, reinstated oppressed women, and depicted the beauty of women who attempted to be themselves, through her works. ©http://www.hakgojae.com
Yvonne Boag is an Australian artist with an international reputation and has an extensive exhibition record in Australia, Europe and South Korea. ©Yvonne Boag, 2015
Andrew Christofides’s art practice has explored the various visual languages of abstraction, and in particular, those of geometric and formal abstraction and the place these occupy in the grater tradition of Western painting. ©Andrew Christofides, 2015
Elisabeth Cummings has been referencing the same cycles of terrains for many years: favourite places in the Kimberley sans Central Desert, pockets of light within her studio and living space, glimpses and shards of the trees outside her window at dusk or in moonlight. ©Excerpt by Anna Johnson Arts writer, 2015
Col Jordan is Australian abstract artist and he was one of a small group of young artists who introduces hard edge optical painting to Australia. ©Col Jordan, 2015
Aulun Leach Jones is a painter, printmaker and sculptor born in the United Kingdom in 1937. He developed an idiom of sharply geometric forms. ©Alun Leach Jones, 2015
Ken Reinhard is one of the leading Australian exponents of Pop Art. His constructions and mixed media works have tuned on crisply-decisive, fastidiously positioned, vibrantly coloured and immaculately fabricated forms. ©Dr. Peter Pinson OAM Emeritus Professor, COFA UNSW Catalogue Essay Popstraction, A Suite of Works by Ken Reinhard produced between 2006 and 2009
Ann Thomson has been working as an abstract artist. Her works make no attempt to reproduce for the viewer the world of visual objects and phenomena. ©David Malouf, Ann Thomson, Tim Olsen Editions, 2012
Guy Warren is an artist of integrity who has been prepared to take risks and who has followed his ever-deepening vision over some six decades of work. ©Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia in Searching for Gaia The Art of Guy Warren, Macmillan Art Publishing, 2003
24 JUNE – 19 AUGUST
Friday 24 JUNE, 6-8pm
The Korean Cultural Centre Australia presents photo exhibition, ‘(Extra)Ordinary: Bohnchang Koo, William Yang and George Rose’. This exhibition showcases the work of the renowned photographic Korean artist Bohnchang Koo and Australian artist William Yang. Inspired by George Rose*, two artists illustrate correlating moments in each country in their photographs through a cross-cultural gaze. The different perspectives on Australia from Koo and Korea from Yang are well expressed in their works reflecting the extraordinary moments in ordinary life.
* Australian photographer George Rose had captured various scenes of Korea in 1904. His photos depicting glimpses of Korea, its ordinary life and society are highly appreciated reflections.
Bohnchang Koo represents the people, landscape and objects in Clunes which is George Rose’s home town and William Yang depicts several parts of Korea, especially Paju through the lens. Photographs by stereographic methods which were widely used by George Rose bring the visual delight and boost the curiosity on their own story in the works.
The selection of works provides an insight into the relationship between Korea and Australia. The exhibitions also features black and white images created by George Rose along with the story of ‘Three photographers’ on display at the Korean Cultural Centre.
This exhibition has been developed in partnership between the Korean Cultural Centre Australia and Creative Clunes and this project has been curated by Catherine Croll, Cultural Partnerships Australia.
7 SEPTEMBER – 4 NOVEMBER
WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER, 6-8PM
The Korean Cultural Centre hosts an exhibition ‘Wonder+Woman’ celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Korean Women’s Art Society in Sydney(KWASS). This exhibition features 39 artworks by the members of the KWASS and artists from multicultural backgrounds. With art forms spanning painting, sculpture and video, this exhibition reflects upon experiences of the multicultural society as migrant female artists.
As the word ‘Wonder’ has connotations of the meaning of ‘amazement’ and ‘doubt’, ‘Wonder+Woman’ attempts to explore different aspect of life and identity by provoking common female stereotypes in our society. This is a good opportunity for us to investigate the creative responses of artists whose works are tied together by experiences of growing up female artists in Australia.
The Korean Women’s Art Society in Sydney (KWASS) is a not-for-profit organisation which was established in November 2006, with the motive to promote activities among Korean-Australian female artists based in Sydney. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the KWASS.
The artists in the exhibition include; Shinhye Choi, Beoung Yeoun Choi, Miok Choi, Hee Ja Choi, Donhae Choi, Mi Jin Hyon, Bok Hee Han, Jin Ah Han, Myung Rye Hong, Angelina Seung Mi Jang, Young Hwa Jin, Gigi Kim, Sooka Kim, In Ja Kim, Hye In Kim, Namsoon Lee, Yvonne Lee, Woo Sook Lee, Hae Ok Lee, Hyun Jin Lee, Hoim Lee, Lina Lee, Me Young No, Bang Seng Park, Claire Hoonki Pallardy, Hana Roh, Jenny Seung, Sun Hee Shin, Yonghwa Suh, Soo Ryun Song(South Korea), Eun Hee Kwon(South Korea), Sarah Chang, Junko Hagiwara(Japan), Pamela Leung(China), Julia Yee Fun Tang(Hong Kong), Victoria Wen(Taiwan), Abby Yip(Hong Kong), Nahomi Yoshizawa(Japan), Tianli Zu(Hong Kong)
25 NOVEMBER 2016 – 27 JANUARY 2017
FRIDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 2016(6-8PM)
2016 KAAF Art Prize Winner Announced!
First Prize, Geoff Harvey, <Burnt Landscape>, Acrylic & charcoal on board, 97 x 120
Second Prize, Hyun-Hee Lee, <Infinity>, Hanji, Ink, Silk thread, 95 x 95
Highly Commended, Susanna Chen Chow, <Working Harbour>, Ink and charcoal, 90 x 63
The fourth Korea-Australia Arts Foundation(KAAF) Art Prize, organised by the KAAF and sponsored by the KCC(Korean Cultural Centre Australia) was awarded on the 25th of November featuring 53 artworks of the finalists from around 270 entries. The exhibition opening and awards ceremony were successfully held at the Korean Cultural Centre and the winners have been announced.
Geoff Harvey’s <Burnt Landscape> which explores the aftermath of a bushfire and reveals the haunting beauty of the land after a devastating fire was the honourable winner($10,000 cash). The second prize was given to Hyun-Hee Lee’s <Infinity> which reflects the notion that life is a circle; what happens today can be traced to something that has happened in the past. The highly commended was given to Susanna Chen Chow’s beautiful drawing <Working Harbour>.
The exhibition opening and awards ceremony were attended by Mr Sinyoung An, Director of the Korean Cultural Centre, Mr Douglas Park, KAAF Director, Ms Ho-im Lee, KAAF President and about 200 audiences, including finalists with their friends and family.
John McDonald, Art critic of Sydney Morning Herald, mentioned “I’d just like to reiterate my support for the KAAF art prize. Congratulations to Geoff Harvey for a beautiful, understated picture that captures something essential in the Australian landscape, and to Hyun-Hee Lee and Susanna Chen Chow for two outstanding works. There were other pictures in the show that gave us pause, but we settled in these three to our mutual satisfaction. Aside from the important business of supporting the visual arts in Australia, I think the KAAF Art Prize must be seen as a way of alerting people to the Korean cultural presence in this country. I’ve always been impressed with the level of commitment that South Korea shows in relation to the arts. It’s a model that Australian governments, private and corporate sponsors, would do well to emulate. It’s also an excellent reason to visit Korea, presuming that anyone needs an excuse.”
The KAAF was first established in 2013 and has endeavoured to support multiculturalism in Australia. It seeks to do so by providing opportunities for various cultures to liaise in the form of visual arts. The Korean Cultural Centre has supported the Art Prize in providing the exhibition space, execution and curating of the exhibition. The collaboration that is achieved through Australia and Korea is most important and the Korean Cultural Centre hopes to continue its outpour of support for events along this nature.
The 53 artworks of finalists will be exhibited at the Korean Cultural Centre until the 27th of January 2017. The Korean Cultural Centre hopes to spread this year’s success with the KAAF Art Prize and present 5th KAAF Art Prize which will be able to reach many more Korean, Australian artists to celebrate another meaningful commemoration to creativity.