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From the Land of Morning Calm: Korean Artists in Aotearoa

5 December 2014

From the Land of Morning Calm to the Land of the Long White Cloud: Korean Artists in Aotearoa
15 December 2014 – 22 February 2015

From Land of the Morning Calm to the Land of the Long White Cloud exhibition at the Whangarei Art Museum showcases contemporary Korean artists in New Zealand, exploring the use of digital media, painting and sculpture by Hye Rim Lee, Joon-Hee Park , Jae Hoon Lee, Seung Yul Oh, Shin-Young Park, and Yona Lee.

Featuring past as well as the latest works from the artists, visitors to the art museum can explore the fantastical dream worlds of Hye Rim Lee and Joon-Hee Park, the sublimely poetic observations of Jae Hoon Lee, and Shin-Young Park, and the witty, playful encounters of Seung Yul Oh and Yona Lee.

Korean-New Zealand artists continue to shape New Zealand’s recent art history exploring the in-between worlds of crossing cultures in an increasing international landscape of New Zealand’s art practice. The artists in the exhibition have each made their own journey moving to New Zealand in the 1990s and are all graduates from Elam School of Fine Arts, reflecting the diversity of New Zealand contemporary artists and the complex ambiguity of nationality or cultural definitions.

The first of its kind in Northland, the exhibition takes audiences on an uncharted journey through old landscapes remembered, new worlds discovered and dreamscapes imagined. Included in the exhibition is a unique commissioned mural by Hye Rim Lee reinterpreting her recent work Black Rose Queen, featuring her digitally animated character TOKI.


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