Hour At The Museum: Contemporary Korean Ceramics In Asia at Art Seasons Singapore


Contemporary Korean Ceramics In Asia looks at the ways that artists can use ceramics, from the functional to the aesthetic. This show, presented by Art Seasons Singapore with support from the Korean Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, features nine emerging and established Korean ceramists.

Plate And Tea Bowl (2015)

By Kim Nam-hee, white porcelain, wheel throwing, two-tone glaze and 1,250 deg C oxidation firming, variable dimensions

Kim creates porcelain tableware that fuses utility with the beauty of wheel-thrown ceramics. She combines the pieces to form a still-life, portrait-like installation that exudes calmness.

Cera-stone Cylinder Vase (2014)

By Yang Ji-woon, white ceramics, colour ceramics, gold plating, compression moulding, gold polishing, 1,250 deg C oxidation firing, 12x12x37cm each

Yang makes a reference to the beauty of gemstones and uses traditional Korean techniques of marbling and inlaying to transform ceramics into something utilitarian and decorative.

Rocket With A Dream (2015)

By Kim So-jung, perfumed candle ceramic objects, 6.8x20cm each

Kim collaborated with a designer to create these limited-edition pieces, which are works of art that can be used in daily life.

Red And Grey (Small Dining Table) (2015)

By Park Jung Hong, white porcelain, wheel throwing, colour clay, inlay, polishing, 1,280 deg C oxidation firing, 42x42x12cm

Park's smooth, polished works with their pebble-like textures are so meticulously made that they are often mistaken as manufactured goods. The signature lines in his works - using the technique of "sang-gam", or inlay work - are cut with diamond blades before being coated with a thin layer of colour.

Untitled (2015)

By Kim Dae-hoon, mixed clay, platinum gold, gold, newspaper transfer, 35.5x16.5x18.5cm

Kim is known for creating large lidded containers or stools with simple forms and monotone colours. These often reveal faint newspaper prints and texts written by the artist, creating records of historical events on top of real, physical labour, something the artist feels is missing from contemporary life.

Flower Pattern Dish (2015)

By Lee Young-ho, blue and white porcelain, 19x19x1cm

Lee is known for his white porcelain works, alluding to those used by the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, which lasted from the 14th to 19th century, when white was regarded as a non-colour that represented noble modesty and purity.

Silver Plated Tea Cups (2015)

By Lee Se-yong, blue and white porcelain plated with silver, variable dimensions

Lee, who is known for his blue drawings on white porcelain, has mastered the craft of traditional porcelainware and is now developing his practice within a contemporary-art context. Here, he juxtaposes traditional Korean paintings with a modern design.

Jug And Dripper (2015)

By Jung In-mo, ceramic, 11x22.5cm

The artist likes to create art that allows interaction between the user and the work. His coffee and tea receptacles sport nostalgic colours and illustrations, becoming tokens of memory that link the past, present and future.

Nabilah Said

WHERE: Art Seasons Singapore, 01-02 BIG Hotel, 200 Middle Road MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Wednesday to Dec 5; 11am to 7pm (Tuesday to Saturday), closed on Sunday and Monday ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.artseasonsgallery.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2015, with the headline 'Hour At The Museum'. Print Edition | Subscribe