Special art exhibitions will take place at Harbour City from 14 March to 3 April 2018 as an extension of the Harbour Art Fair. The Special Exhibitions, comprising solo exhibitions by 3 up-and-coming Korean artists including Byun Dae-yong, ENJO and Noh Jun, will take place in the mall to make art more accessible to all.
Forecourt, Ocean Terminal – Byun Dae-yong Solo Exhibition
海運大廈露天廣場 ─ 卞大龍個人展覽
The outdoor space at Forecourt, Ocean Terminal will be transformed into the polar region, showcasing the “adorable but emaciated” polar bear sculptures by the Korean artist Byun Dae-yong. Byun’s works involve plenty of narrations, and many of them are closely related to the lives of human beings. The polar bears were first embodied when Byun began to deal with environmental issues. Living in the Artic with melting glacier, these polar bears do not want a warmer climate because they then would not be able to survive without sufficient ice and food. Similarly, those who are alienated in the mainstream world are just like the polar bears; however in contrast, they need care and attention. And because it is the environment that matters to both, the distinctive sense of “cold” and “warm” here can be considered as a telepathic emotion.
Born in 1972, Byun Dae-yong obtained his Bachelor in Fine Arts, Master in Fine Arts, and PhD in Busan National University. He is currently teaching in Busan National University and University of Ulsan. At a glimpse, Byun’s works seem to be cute characters in fantasy. In fact through his works, Byun has been capturing ghastly fables that stem from “everyday lives” and “relationships”, revealing the problems that the world is facing, and inspiring the audience to build a warmer and caring society. Byun held numerous solo exhibitions in Korea, such as “A Crane in Boots and A Polar Bear Eating Ice Cream” at Kongkan Gallery in Busan in 2009, and “Eating Ice Cream” at French Cultural Centre in Busan in 2014. He also gained a number of awards, such as The 19th Pusan Youth Arts Award in 2008 and Busan Young Artist Award in 2010.
Gallery by the Harbour, Ocean Centre – ENJO Solo Exhibition
海洋中心「海港城 ‧ 美術館」─ ENJO個人展覽
Collection of two-dimensional and three-dimensional paintings and sculptures by the Korean artist ENJO will be presented at Gallery by the Harbour. In the exhibition “Geometric symbols”, ENJO questions whether the space seen through human eyes or that through the works’ perspective is the reality, and aims to construct an optical illusion upon an ordinary image. While his two-dimensional works give the stereoscopic illusion of depth through perspectives and colours, his three-dimensional works present the planar quality of two-dimension. Therefore, the audience will be able to observe the state between two-dimension and three-dimension, namely 2.5-dimension.
Born in 1986, ENJO graduated from Dong-A University as a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture and a Master of Arts in Art Education. He attempts to prove the value of existence through studying and presenting how the time and space in which human beings are situated are formulated. His works start with approaching the current recognition and expression of space from a different perspective. ENJO has held a number of solo exhibitions in Busan since 2012, and the most recent ones were “Drawing of Lines” in 2016 and “Icon” in 2017.
Atrium II, Gateway Arcade – NOH Jun Solo Exhibition
港威商場大堂 I I ─ 盧濬個人展覽
At Atrium II of Gateway Arcade, emerging Korean artist Noh Jun will be presenting his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, bringing the audience into a fantasy safari! Noh Jun views the “restoration of relationship” as a lifelong subject. He keeps in mind the need for the restorationof relationship among people, as well as between people and nature or animals when creating artworks. His animalcharacters have the faces of cute animals but bodies of human beings, while their cheerful and adorable appearances allow the audience to have a flash back to the time when they were little. Noh Jun hopes that someday, animals and people can become one, just like his characters.
Born in 1969, Noh Jun attained his Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees in Sculpture from the Seoul National University. He is now a lecturer at the Seoul National University and Kyungpook National University. Noh is able to create unique and child-friendly characters mainly because he was an emcee at a children's cable channel at Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) and worked with clay animation for television. Each of his character consists of narratives which progress like a film script. Following the story arcs of his various characters will add to the enjoyment of viewing his pieces. Noh's work has been exhibited in Japan, Korea, and USA. In 2006, he was awarded the Grand Prize for the 6th Song Eun Arts Award at the Song Eun Arts & Cultural Foundation. In the following year, he won the Special Selection for the 7th Moran Sculpture Award at the Moran Museum. In 2008, he attained the 19th Kim Sejoong Young Sculptors Award at the Kim Sejoong Commemoration Association.
盧濬生於1969年，在首爾大學獲得雕塑學士、碩士及博士學位。現時，他於首爾大學及韓國慶北國立大學擔任講師。盧濬曾於韓國教育廣播公社（EBS）兒童有線頻道擔任主持，並參與電視黏土動畫製作，令他能夠創作獨特而又富有童真的角色。他的每個角色背後都有故事；觀眾跟隨故事發展去欣賞他的作品，就如同看電影一樣，令作品更有趣味。盧濬的作品曾於日本、韓國、美國等地展出。2006年，他於Song Eun Arts & Cultural Foundation 舉辦的The 6th Song Eun Arts Award中獲得大奬。次年，他於Moran Museum舉辦的第七屆 Moran Sculpture Award中獲選Special Selection。2008年，他獲頒由Kim Sejoong Commemoration Association舉辦的第19屆Kim Sejoong Young Sculptors Award。