Crawling Through Windows

IMG_1889Without a doubt, art is one of the most defining elements of any culture. It captures the spirit of people, places and time, and expresses mood, opinion, and thought, in such a way that transcends even the greatest of language barriers. Whether it be a song, play, dance or a visual composition like pottery, painting or drawing, every piece of art is a window into that culture’s world. When we attempt to learn about and experience other cultures, sometimes it’s enough to remain on the outside looking in; to go to a museum or a gallery, or attend a concert or production.

Traditional Temple Top

MinHwa Art- Korean Folk Paintings

Paintings in India are generally done on the walls of Temples which tells stories about the Gods and their ways of expunging evil. In the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai, India, in the Meenakshi Amman shrine,  the walls are adorned with the depiction of Goddess Meenakshi from her birth, growing up to be a mighty ruler, her conquests and the story of her wedding with Lord Sundareshwarar. In the Lord's Shrine, there are amazing paintings of the Thiruvilaiyadal (God's games with the common people) by which he delivers them from evil.

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Art inside Samgwangsa Temple


Life is Colorful - Hong Ji-Yoon

Korean Contemporary Painting: Do Song Wook (도성욱)

Do Song Wook (도성욱) is a contemporary Korean painter born in 1971 who graduated from Daegu University. His realistic landscapes are remarkable for their rendition of light and for their composition.

Korean Contemporary Art: Young Hoon Ko (고영훈)

A graduate of the famous Hongik University (홍대/Hongdae), Young Hoon Ko was born in Jeju in 1952. Ko's work is known for its hyperrealism bordering on "trompe l'oeil". By representing objects with their most minute details, Ko, in the line of Magritte, questions our beliefs in authenticity and objectivity. But if his work clearly draws on Western influences, it is also the product of an almost mystical reflexion on traditional Korean aesthetic values and on the concepts of nothingness (mu 無) and existence (yu 有).

Korean Folk Art: Letter Painting (문자도 文字圖)

The Korean Folk Letter Painting (문자도, Munja-do, lit. Character Drawing, also known as 꽃글씨, Ggeotgeulssi, lit. Flower Calligraphy) is a type of Korean Folk painting (Min-Hwa, 민화). The genre originated during the Jeoson dynasty in the 18th and 19th centuries. In Folk Letter painting, Chinese characters are drawn, usually in black, and then richly ornamented with symbols pertaining to the meaning of the calligraphied Chinese characters.

Korean Contemporary Art

Sorry I haven't updated much lately, I have been working on my research which focuses on the identity of contemporary Korean art. Not much time to write but here are the works of some Korean contemporary artists:

Kyoung Tack Hong, Gisaeng

Wargaming in Busan?

I've been in Busan since last August. Before I came I used to go to my local comic shop and play various nerdy nerd games. Most of them were miniatures games.  I sold most of them before moving here but would like to start up buying/painting/playing again but can't seem to find anywhere in Busan (don't really know where to look).  I know in Seoul there is at least one shop that sells Games Workshop and Privateer Press games, but I was hoping that maybe Busan would be lucky enough to have one as well.

I was told by other gamers in Seoul to check out nearby the military bases or at some sort of recreation center near/on a base but I don't even know where to go to explore. US military have a good tendency to play such miniatures games to stave off the boredom.

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