Archive for Art

My age of seven

“My age of seven” is a story by Won Seoung Won who recreates dreams from her childhood. Each image is a single episode nurtured by Korean legends. See the whole story at Galerie Paris-Beijing.


The last week of August brought a new landmark for South Korea’s second largest city Busan. German painter Hendrik Beikirch created a 70 meter high piece which showcases a monochromatic mural of a fisherman with a text in Korean, “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” The painting is applied on the building of Busan‘s fisher union located between Korea’s two most famous beaches, Haeundae and Gwangalli.

Responsible for this project is Public Delivery, an organization who has made waves across Asia and Europe through the promotion of contemporary art. Read more about the project on Public Delivery blog.

Hendrik Beikirch (b. 1974) is well know for his monochromatic portraits. He is also one of artist participating the Urban Void event at Platoon Kunsthalle in Seoul starting this Thursday, 13th of September.

SSE PROJECT – A3 Art Poster Show

Zine publisher and online gallery SSE PROJECT has invited Korean and international artists to participate in the A3 Art Poster Show. Posters from 20 different artists are exhibited at The Book Society starting from August 10 until 2nd of September. The signed posters are available for purchase at The Book Society but only 20 prints of each poster are available.

The Book Society

Posters: Yeji Yun, Jaycy,
Benjamin Phillips, O Hezin

Interview with Mipa Lee

Tell us a bit about yourself?
In terms of nationality, I’m Korean, but have spent most of my life abroad in different countries. I went to college in the US where I studied studio art and graphic design, but then returned to Korea and worked at a hakwon for a while, but now, I guess you can say I’m self-employed with my start up online vegan bake shop and painting on the side.

How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it before?
Characters and aliens from a colorful, imaginary world in my head. Sometimes the characters are happy and whimsical, other times they are lonely and lost.

What are your main themes and inspirations?
Some common themes in my pieces include communication or language barriers, exploration, discovery, and the simple pleasures of life. There isn’t any specific thing that I use for inspiration… I can find inspiration in so many random things, whether it be books, film, people-watching, music, or just walking around the neighborhood. And sometimes, I’ll just start drawing whatever is on my mind at that moment and see where it leads me.

What is your favorite piece you have created?
It’s tough to choose a favorite. For me, it’s usually more about the process than the actual final result. I remember really enjoying painting the big ‘Burp Blurb’. I usually work at a small scale and this was one of my larger pieces which was a nice change. I also just enjoyed the randomness of the characters, the colors, and the detail of the patterns and background.

What things are difficult to draw?
I think the hardest is capturing the essence of a person or a gesture, which is why I really admire illustrators who are experienced with drawing the human form. I also think it’s difficult to draw anything that you heart is not into. When you can’t seem to get in the groove with a painting and no matter what you do, it’s not coming together, it can feel like pulling teeth.

What would be your dream art project?
To write and illustrate a children’s book or have a solo exhibit.

Can you recommend some Korean artists whose work you find inspiring?
They’re LA-based, but Jeana Sohn and David Choe are two that I’ve been following ever since college and I admire and respect their work and styles so much. I can just get lost in their work.

What else do you do besides art?
I spend a lot of my time baking vegan bread and cookies, but I also like to explore the city, take photos, blog, play with my bunny, and grocery shop.

Where in Seoul we can find the best bibimbap?
One of the most memorable bibimbabs I had in Seoul was at a traditional tofu restaurant, across the street from the Seoul Arts Center. They put thick slices of tofu in it, plenty of veggies, and a generous squeeze of flavorful sesame oil. It was deeelicious!

Seoul’s best kept secret?
I don’t think it’s exactly a secret but I think more people should check out the Bangsan baking market, even if you’re not into baking. It can be a bit hard to find because it’s surrounded by all these other markets in dongdaemun, but once you get there, it’s like you’re in baker’s heaven. I just love looking at all the packaging supplies and baking ingredients. :)

Mipa’s website:
Mipa’s vegan bake shop:
Mipa’s blog:

LABAS vol.2 BARNSLEY by Nina Ahn

Labas is a small artistic publication dealing predominantly with travel and travel photographers who have visited interesting locations. Their latest book takes us to Barnsley, UK with Nina Ahn.

I created the book because I wanted a physical record of my travels, so it represents something of a visual travel diary.

I moved to Barnsley for 5 months, a small town in the North of England. I moved there to spend time with my fiancé’s family and was surprised to find it was more beautiful place than I expected, so I felt like it would make an interesting subject for my first solo publication.

I was able to travel to more obscure places not commonly frequented by travelers as I lived with local people.

₩12,000, $12 (International)
210 x148 mm
100 pages
Edition of 200
Printed and shipped from South Korea


Please introduce yourself
I’m an artist Junkhouse, I’m a painter and street artist too. I was born in Seoul and I’m still living in Seoul.

What is the main subject in your art? Who are these interesting little characters?
Basically, my work has developed from the idea that everything that exists, regardless of size and material, are lifeforms that breath.

My works are based on concept of Organicism. In a nutshell, my eyes, my perception of inorganic objects, birth imaginations of new lifeforms. These inorganic objects maybe something that I doodled, expressing rigid objects such as houses, buildings, images, or keywords within my subconsciousness, processed into the metaphysical and then finally born as new and live organic images.

I perceive the city as one giant organism. The city continuously changes, whether naturally or artificially, it evolves and mutates. Therefore, because the images and environment that they survives move and evolve. My forms mix and combine with each other, transform into geometic figures, and finally proliferate after reincarnation into new metamorphoses.

What mediums you use to create your work?
I prefer to work with new and different kinds of materials. Typically, for the first step, I doodle on sketch books with black permanent ink pen. Then I move that image out to a street wall or onto canvas. My favorite painting materials are acrylic and marker. When I started doing street art I wheatpasted; painting on paper with acrylic and marker. Later I began making installations with other materials which I just got from the street. From last year I started using colorful plastic tape. Sometimes electric wire too. Still I’m considering about how to preserve my works. Because it’s hard to survive in the envelopment of outside.

Mutant, acrylic on canvas (38 X 45.5 cm) / 2011

What would be your dream project, something you always wanted to do/make?

One of my dream projects is to build my own imagination art zone; a surrealist world where all my created lifeforms can live. I started to dream about it after I watched the movie, ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.’

Also, about six years ago I pasted up work in a very old Korean favela area just under one mountain here. At that time it was only small pieces so I’d like to make whole artwork in the small and old korean village again.

Pinocchion Monster Junkhouse solo exhibiton at Lotte Gallery (Ilsan)

If we want to find your street art, where could we possibly find it? Any gallery exhibitions coming up this year?
You can find my work all around South Korea. Not only in the downtown areas. I made many works in Busan last year. And there are quite a few in the Hongdae area of Seoul.

I started an interesting project late last year; I gathered around 15 different artists to start street art work together or individually in redevelopment areas, and new places in Seoul. It’s called ‘Seoul Urban Art Project’. It could be an outside the gallery project. I’m not planning much gallery exhibitions this year, but I am preparing a few secret exhibitions outside of South Korea.

If you could go and make street art in any city of the world, what city would it be?
Oh, too many cities, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Shanghai. I visited Brazil few years ago, but I couldn’t stay very long in Sao Paulo. So I’d love to visit again and do more work there.

New Kids On The Magazine

Flat Apartment photographed by Na Jhin

Baby I’m yours photographed by Na Jhin

Cho Namhyuk photographed by Na Jhin

Sim Umji photographed by Cho Namhyuk(argasm)

Park Seulgi photographed by Park Mijin

new kids on the magazine (nkotm) is an online youth fashion magazine. The story of nkotm started when a couple of friends created a printed zine in which aspiring young creators and artists were introduced. Due to the amount of work that printed mag reqired, the format was switched to online. Each editorial introduces creative and talented youth with a set of photographs and short interview.

Website: nkotm
All photos thanks to courtesy of nkotm.


ART&SEOUL has a new publication out, HE—RO is a collaboration between ART&SEOUL and artist Yoo Byungseo.

Everyday, Yoo Byungseo walks from his home to his studio. He likes to place stickers around where he walks. Not to destroy property, but to create meaning in these places. He likes it when people tear down the stickers or draw over them or destroy them. It’s all part of a process he says.

Here in Seoul, a camera is like a gun. If you shoot someone they can hit you back. So, he operates his camera like a spy camera. When he captures people, there is a lot of tension building up before that is released after. You always need to take a risk when you take this kind of picture.

The people in this book are Byungseo’s heroes. At the same time, they project his worst fear; of losing work and money, of becoming homeless. In the end, I guess you can say we all are fascinated by what we fear.

₩10,000, $10 (International)
96 pages
175 x 235mm
Color Offset
Edition of 350
Printed and shipped from South Korea
*includes stickers

Order your own copy here.

Min Lee

Meet Min Lee. A lovely artist that WOWSAN has been fan of for a long long time. Recently, she has opened a shop on Etsy where you can buy her art work including adorable ceramic pins which are perfect for a xmas gift!

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m Min Lee.
When I was growing up, our family lived in Bangladesh, France, Korea, Chile, and Argentina. Then I went to college in NYC, USA and I recently graduated from grad school in Gothenburg, Sweden. Living in so many places leaves me with different memories, it’s like I’ve lived through different lives and personas. It’s a bit strange.

What is your work style like?
It depends. Sometimes it’s sinister and weird, sometimes it’s cute and fun. My hand has a split personality disorder.

What is your favorite medium to work with?
Usually I’m not confined by medium. I try to make the most out of whatever medium I come by be it ceramics, textile, illustration or making an animation.etc Drawing with pencil may be my favorite, you can draw anywhere, anytime as long as you have a pencil and a piece of paper. Ceramic is difficult because you need to have everything set up.

Each of your pin has an own character. Is there a story behind each pin?
No. All the shapes and drawings happen as it goes. Nothing is pre-planned, it’s all accidental which fascinates me that you can come up with so many faces. I guess this working process is what drives me to make more. Otherwise, I get bored very quickly. But it’s interesting to see what people end up choosing either as a gift or for themselves. Among many choices I offer, they all find a pin that speaks to them the most.

Do you feel like things changed in Korea while you were away?
Things are more expensive than 2 years ago and the streets are cleaner. I guess it’s the influence of Design Seoul project they had going on. I kinda miss the old Seoul and its crazy neon signs, strange hues and mess. It’s getting more and more sterile now.

Which Korean artist you would like to collaborate with?
I don’t know about Korean artist but I kinda dreamed about collaborating with YOKOO ( I think the pins would look lovely with her scarves.

What is your favourite piece you have created?
I’m not sure…I always end up forgetting what I’ve made. It keeps my head clear.

If you could bring something from Sweden to Korea, what would it be?
My studio at HDK. Cherished friends. GLÖGG

Facebook: MININI
Etsy: Min’s shop

Suitman aka Young Kim

Suitman aka Young Kim takes photos of himself in a suit in different locations all over the world. It all started while he was being relocated for his job and he only had an access to one black suit. Apart from that Suitman has also done several other projects such as an ironic movie about North Korean regime.

If you’re in Seoul, go and see his first solo exhibition at the gallery Factory. The exhibition is on until Dec 17th, 2011.
Suitman videos