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Commodity & Ideology, Part I (Group Exhibition)


  • Klapper Hall, Queens College 65-30 Kissena Boulevard Kew Gardens, NY, 11367 United States (map)

June 1–June 30, 2017
Conversation: June 3, 4–6 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3, 6–8 pm
Exhibition Hours:  Friday and Saturday, 12 to 5 pm, and by appointment.
Contact:    Heng-Gil Han, 347-840-1142, hhan@kafny.org

Klapper Hall, 4th Floor
Queens College, City University of New York
65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367 (map it)

[If you are driving, enter the 65th Avenue gate, bear left to head towards the exit, and stop at the campus security office to obtain a parking permit. They should have been advised of the events scheduled for this evening at Klapper Hall. Then exit the campus and then re-enter the 65th Ave gate, but take second right. You can park along that road or there's a small parking lot, #11. Klapper Hall is a large modern building facing a small green quad. Here's a link to the campus map.]

These four paintings will be included in the exhibit:

Chinatown Market, oil on canvas, 12"x16", 2016

Chinatown Market, oil on canvas, 12"x16", 2016

Quiet Morning in Chinatown, oil on canvas, 12"x16", 2016

Quiet Morning in Chinatown, oil on canvas, 12"x16", 2016

Pilings by Bridge, oil on canvas, 20"x16", 2013

Pilings by Bridge, oil on canvas, 20"x16", 2013

Sunlit Bank of Gowanus, oil on canvas, 12"x16", 2015

Sunlit Bank of Gowanus, oil on canvas, 12"x16", 2015

PRESS RELEASE

May 22, 2017, New York — Korea Art Forum (KAF) is pleased to announce the opening of Commodity & Ideology, Part I on June 3, 2017 at the Klapper Hall Art Gallery of Queens College. This exhibition, curated by Heng-Gil Han, explores the idea of urban streets and public places as spaces of and/or for expression and production. Commodity & Ideology weaves a dynamic visual dialogue between works by artists from Pyongyang, New York, Seoul, and Beijing, and serves as a metaphor for a peaceful relationship with North Korea.

Korea Art Forum is launching a pilot artist exchange program in New York City this summer. We will host four promising North Korean artists—Song Gwang Hong, Myong Un Kim, and Ryong Kim—and feature their work in our Commodity & Ideology exhibition. Additional exhibition artists include: Daniel Bajar, Susan Jahoda, Hong Seon Jang, Naomi Kuo, Jaewook Lee, Zaun Lee, and Ella Yang from New York; Meekyung Kim, Jun Michael Park, and Yongsun Suh from Seoul, South Korea; and Shen Yang from Beijing, China.

Commodity & Ideology is a process-based exhibition. Participating artists have been invited to produce work in outdoor public spaces throughout New York City such as Central Park, Liberty Island, and other places of significance. The newly produced artworks will be added to the exhibition as they are created.

The exhibition attempts to fulfill the idea of contemporary art that is open, inclusive, and equal to all images. Works in the exhibition will be diverse in medium, scale, genre, and style and will include oil painting, ink painting, drawing, photography, and text-based art. Some works will be figurative others abstract. The exhibition will also include object-based art and performance-based art. The heterogeneous nature of Commodity & Ideology invites productive collisions between different forms of art.

The show collects works that represent urban landscapes—scenes of streets, people, architecture, parks and plazas. These landscapes provide audiences with an increased awareness of the intrinsic implications of the social and/or political conditions that are embedded in built environments and cityscapes.

Public Programming

June  3, 2017. 4— 6 pm:  Conversation about the US Containment Policy with Frederick Carriere, Professor of Political Science from Syracuse University and Suzy Kim, Professor of Korean History from Rutgers University.

June 17, 2017. 4—6 pm:  Artist talks given by Susan Jahoda and Naomi Kuo.

Exhibition Hours:  Friday and Saturday, 12 to 5 pm, and by appointment.
Contact:    Heng-Gil Han, 347-840-1142, hhan@kafny.org 

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Earlier Event: May 11
Artworks: A Benefit for Arts Gowanus
Later Event: October 21
Gowanus Open Studios 2017

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