ABSTRACT ASSEMBLAGES BY EVA HAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eva Eun-Sil Han was born in Korea where she lived for 27 years. When she encountered the collages of Max Ernst did she start to use collage as a means of artistic expression. In her work she combines material from any kind of ready-made mass media, such as newspapers, magazines or old books. Eva Han prefers to use knife and glue rather than working with pixels on a computer screen, because it allows her to touch, feel and smell the different source papers. Especially old paper smells good to her.

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The artist collages photographs, her own and others, often drawing and painting onto the paper. Many of them seem purely abstract and in most, the assemblage of images is in such bits and pieces they don’t seem meant to be discerned specifically.

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GODS BY YUNMEE KYONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yunmee Kyong draws and makes human, birds, gods and many other things around her. she eats lot of things around her too. She was raised in Korea and ventured out to study art to London drinking many cups of tea and to New York eating lots of big hamburgers. Yunmee would love to live in igloo someday with a polar bear, a parrot, cows and sheeps. She does illustrations for magazines and children’s books and makes small books.

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UNEXPECTED JUXTAPOSITIONS BY HENN KIM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Henn Kim is an illustrator from Seoul, Korea. Her minimal and surreal illustrations are heavily evocative; they  suggest deep feelings and emotions through visual connections and unexpected juxtapositions. It’s a free flow of visions and sensations depicted through essential, black and white figures who act in a world of giant objects, metaphoric illustrations of emotions or windows opened on our subconscious.

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MYSTIC ANIME BY HA GYUNG LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ha Gyung Lee (aka NAKI) is a Korean born illustrator who graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in illustration. She specializes in both traditional and digital mediums, creating complex – but elegant – line based artwork.

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Her pieces combine themes of mysticism inspired by anime and Japanese culture with an air of solemnity, arranged into striking compositions often accentuated with plants from the memories of her grandmother’s garden.

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MEANINGFUL VISUAL TERMS BY MI JU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based artist Mi Ju received her BFA in painting and drawing at Yeungnam University and the San Francisco Art Institute. Later Mi went on to earn her MFA in painting and drawing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

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Her work is an improvisation in liminality: between dream and concretized, ancient and contemporary, Korea and the West, ephemeral and eternal, the uncensored and codified. Each character, pattern and energy reflects states of consciousness that are revealed in the creative act, a form of both improvisation and organization wherein the uncensored is working in concert with momentary, yet specific compositional organizations. It is Ju’s intention that the work will be a place of meeting between memory, dream and fantasy, and concretized into meaningful visual terms.

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FOLK ART BY AMY SOL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Las Vegas based artist Amy Sol spent her childhood years in Korea. Though the style of her work is greatly influenced by a combination of manga, folk-art, vintage illustration and modern design, she remains a self taught artist.

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She has dedicated many years of her life mixing pigments and mediums to achieve a unique color palette of subtly muted tones. The artist works intuitively from the beginning to end of each piece, with the intent that each painting’s theme or message can be interpreted subjectively. Sol’s works are characterized by young maidens in dream-like nature settings with oversized or sometimes fanciful creatures.

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SMOOTH CHARACTERS BY JUN SEO HAHM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Smooth and weird characters created by Jun Seo Hahm. Hahm is an animation director, graphic designer and media artist based in Seoul, Korea. His current work is focused on digital expression of biology inspired life-forms in editable time and space. After studying art theory in Korea and experimental animation at Cal Arts USA, he worked at Bent Image Lab in Portland as a designer and director for 5 years, and then Cheil Worldwide in Seoul as a planner for 2 years. Check out Jun’s animations.

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MOONASSI SERIES BY DAEHYUN KIM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Daehyun Kim was born in 1980 in Seoul. After graduating from university, he started to draw his characteristic drawings, called “Moonassi series”. Daehyun also worked as a graphic designer, marketing manager, and art director at various companies for several years. Since he started working with The New York Times as an illustrator, he sometimes collaborates also with other artists and brands.

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“I’ve been making a series of drawing, called ‘Moonassi’ since 2008. Moonassi is my artist name, which means similar to the Buddhist term “Anatta”. From the beginning, I wanted to draw something I really know and something I really can speak about. It was my inner feelings and my intimate relations that give me various emotions. My drawings are all about me and others. What I like to create is a drawing as an empty space between me and viewer, so that people can talk and find their own story from my drawings. I only use black colour because it’s simple and enough to depict. I draw on a small paper because it’s convenient.” – Daehyun Kim

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