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March 11, 2011

(Gwangju, Korea) The opening for the Gwangju Museum of Art’s “Dream of Butterfly” exhibition was held yesterday amid attendance by artists and their friends. The exhibit’s curator, Yun Ik and the policy director of Gwangju City’s cultural affairs department each gave a speech and a duo of traditional Korean harp and drum musicians performed. The policy director of the Gwangju City cultural affairs department was visibly excited about the show during his speech.

19 artists from around the country participated in “Dream of Butterfly.” The artist Cho Dae-won exhibited in the “Fun Art” segment of the show with two sculptural installations, both titled “Business.” One of the installations is a sculpture of three oversized hornets facing each other. They are made of plastic and colored with spray paint. The other installation is a set of almost four dozen plastic animals, each about a foot in height and representing one of the twelve animals of the Chinese calendar. The animals, colored with acrylics, are standing on chairs, each holding a briefcase in one hand and extending forward the other in a hand-shake gesture.

Mr. Cho offered his insight on how artists can create more fulfilling works. He said that ‘Just like how everyone has a different face, every artist has a different style. I think an artist can create an excellent piece of work through a process of, over an extended period of time, studying his/her own style. An artist can sometimes come up with a spontaneous idea for a piece, but most of the time he/she works through a process to identify a good idea for his/her work.’

The exhibit had three distinct themes, “Nature Alive,” “Fun Art” and “Science & Technology.” There were several digital images and the use of brilliant colors and cartoon-like styling was prevalent among the sculptures. Geum Joong-ki contributed poly-urethane covered, over-sized frog sculptures, one in saturated blue and another in hot orange. Baeg Jong-ki exhibited flat-surfaced sculptures of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, also in saturated hues.

Among the digital media artists, Shin Do-won’s moving images on three television screens and a wall projection stood out in their intensity of color and sharp-lined shapes. Shin created screens of rotating, 3-dimensional, graffiti style shapes.

“Dream of Butterfly” offers the works, and fresh insights, of a number of young contemporary artists. The exhibit runs through May 15.

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