It's Monday and time to enjoy your Beautiful Office same ways as fictional character Paul does. He is a creature of SUPERFICTION Studio based in Seoul, that focuses on 'fiction' in the word 'Science Fiction'. They lead a story using the term that means the 'great story' and the ‘real lie’ at the same time.
"Seoul-based artist WanJim Gim illustrates the form and gesture of the human body using complex hatched layers of color and dramatic lighting. He adds intrigue to poses that could be considered traditional figure drawing studies by adding abstracted lines and watercolor washes that integrate the fragmented body parts into a larger visual field."
Award-winning Korean industrial design student Taeyeon Kim take the shortest way to internet recognition by riding a hype of "yet not an Apple" product. His take on Smart Glasses went well and got a massive response online. The hommage for Steve Job's glasses is clear and gracefully naive while the overall "willy wonka" look&feel is pretty nice and playful
"London-based architecture practice Asif Khan have unveiled their latest project, a super-black pavilion entirely coated in Vantablack VBx2 at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 in South Korea. The building’s exterior is illuminated by a field of stars that appear to float in mid-air. Hyundai Motor has commissioned the pavilion as part of a global mobility initiative."
"The structure’s 10-metre-high parabolic facades are coated with a super black material: Vantablack VBx2, a derivative of the original Vantablack, making it the world’s largest continuous nanostructure. The matt black material is able to absorb 99% of the light that hits its surface, diminishing its three dimensionality and creating the illusion of a startling black void in broad daylight. The facades of the pavilion are punctuated by thousands of tiny white lights which, during the day, simulate the view into space from that point on earth."
"Inside the 35m x 35m structure, Khan has designed a vast ‘water room’ – a multi-sensory hydrophobic water installation which emits 25,000 singular water droplets every minute. Visitor interaction with a series of haptic sensors creates new rhythms as droplets continually collide, join, and split across the water landscape, which appears like a city viewed from space. These flows of individual droplets col-lect, grow and build into a ‘lake’ which drains and reappears in the space of minutes."
"Asif Khan has been working with the manufacturers of Vantablack since 2013 and proposed its use in his shortlisted proposal for the UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015. Asif Khan’s super-black building at the 2018 Winter Olympics follows his designs for Coca-Cola’s landmark pavilion at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the MegaFaces pavilion at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics."
CarbonScape is the latest kinetic data soundscape installation created by h0nh1m aka Chris Cheung It consists of 18 tracks of granular synthesized sound samples, collected from the sound sources where carbon footprints left; from the jet engine sound, steam noises of the factory to the horn of the ships etc…one minute long for each track, giving chances to stand in silent tribute to the mother earth. The finale is composed of all tracks blending into the soundscape.
The work is a visualisation of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere according to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) since 1958. In 2017, the concentration of CO2 soared to its highest of the past three million years, with industrialization and the use of fossil fuels being one of the major factors. The installation arranged in a bamboo forest like landscape, with the changing ambience drone noises, imitates chimneys frequently found in power plants and factories, with black spheres indicating CO2 levels around the globe. Immersing the viewer in an environment taken over with chimneys, CarbonScape thinks about what our position as humans can be, while the earth’s capacity for life reaches its limits.
Jung Lee was born in 1972 and currently lives and works in Seoul, Korea. She received her M.A. in Photography from the Royal College of Art, UK and her B.A. with honors in Photography from Kent Institute of Art & Design, UK. She received a B.A. with honors in Mass Communication & Journalism from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea. She most recently participated in 2012 Daegu Photo Biennale, the Incheon Women Artists Biennale, the 2010 Gwangju Biennale “10,000 Lives” under the direction of Massimiliano Gioni, the contemporary Korean photography exhibition “Chaotic Harmony” at the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston). She has also shown at the Seoul Museum of Art and Gwangju Museum of Art. She will participate in the upcoming Esslingen Foto and Media Triennale. via ONE AND J. GALLERY
"Light touches, dreamy gazes and longing sighs... That's what you'll find in these intimate illustrations by Zipcy.
Zipcy, whose real name is Yang Se Eun, is a 29-year-old artist from Seoul, South Korea, who is not afraid to add some sensual and lightly erotic elements to her creations.
The "Touch" series portray moments of closeness in a couple's life. The artist manages to capture the intense feelings of the first stages of love. They cannot stand being apart and enjoy every little moment together." via Bored Panda
It's a rare thing nowadays to adore User Interfaces, but tiny icons created by Yunjung Seo are just so sweet that we can't hide the excitement.
Emmanuel Levinas, a French philosopher, states that Other, dissimilar and incommensurable to oneself, appears to one as a ‘visage’. Though the manifestation of Other’s visage, both natural and inevitable, could seem to one as an unilateral intrusion, it establishes a passage to transcend the outer world from the enclosed inner self as the subject that perceives and embraces the visage. One, therefore, is completed from the responsibility and understanding of Other, ultimately finding one’s true self.
The photography project ‘Conversation’ is a journey that begins from concerns of acquaintances, eventually finding oneself in the process. In the photographs, the space becomes the world where one encounter the Other, and the cloth tossed into the air becomes the medium that draws out one's relationship with Other. Other, as an unsubstantial light flashed into space, actualises when the visage materialises onto the aimlessly tossed cloth, and one’s act of capturing the moment signifies one's conversation with the Other. One finds one’s essence through Other, not just an illusion of light, but as a real existent materialised on a white cloth.
Created by Jeong Wonjun
This week, Daniel Arsham (previously) is presenting his solo show Crystal Toys at Galerie Perrotin in Seoul. Crystal Toys will be a continuation of his ongoing Fictional Archeology series, a collection of work inspired by daily objects shown through the prism of destruction and the use of precious materials.
Photo credit // Guillaume Ziccarelli
Photographer Johnmin Lee/HYPEBEAST KR
"For the last 20 years, South Korean artist Me Kyeoung Lee has traveled around her home country, armed with acrylic inks and a penchant for painting quaint little convenience stores. Throughout her childhood, Lee recalls frequenting these charming corner stores that are now becoming few and far between in modern-day South Korea. In each painting, she captures every little detail, highlighting each store’s idyllic features, its traditional signage, and miscellaneous bric-à-brac."
Rala Choi is a Seoul-based photographer who’s best known for his use of rich, saturated colours. The colours and textures of his images often make viewers question whether they’re looking at a photograph or an oil painting.
"Won’s process is one of deconstruction and reconstruction. Divided into two chapters, Collage and Antigravity—the latter depicting composites of precarious balance and structural incongruities—and placed in isolation on fields or parks with a low-lying horizon, his architectural constructs are monumental edifices that encapsulate the entirety of the city, era or style its components are drawn from. "