Day: May 22, 2022

Diasporas in Modern and Contemporary Korean Art | by Cleveland Museum of Art | CMA Thinker | May, 2022

By Sooa McCormick, CMA Curator of Korean Art

Still from Pachinko, Apple +TV Series

This year, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month, the museum recognizes the array of diversity within the myriad of AAPI identities and cultures. The recently opened Korean art rotation Creating Urgency: Modern and Contemporary Korean Art offers artworks surrounding a piece of Korean history, the diaspora, an experience shared by many others in the AAPI communities.

Triggered by a series of natural disasters, the massive Korean migration to Chinese and Russian border areas from the 1860s to 1910 is noted as the first generation of modern-period Korean diasporas. Another important group in the Korean diaspora is the zainichi, the permanent, ethnic Korean residents in Japan. Min Jin Lee’s 2017 bestseller Pachinko embedded the issue of systematic discrimination against zainichi as a major structural part of the story.

The zainichi diasporic

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A Brilliant Orange Orb Shape-Shifts Through Time in a Meditative Animated Short



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A metaphor for the way fragments of time both accumulate and mutate as they slip from one moment to the next, a glowing sphere is the subject of a calming short film by Argentinian artist Ezequiel Pini, of Six N. Five. The CGI animation follows the bright orb as it expands, multiplies, and transfigures into alternate forms like a sun dropping beneath the horizon and windows evocative of the recently demolished Nakagin Capsule Tower. Although simple in shape, the round object “represents care, calm, and attention to achieve its ultimate perfection. We are a circle, without boundaries, beginning or end. Infinity,” Pini says. Watch more of his poetic works on Vimeo.

 

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Juxtapoz Magazine – In “Coniunctio”: Christian Rex van Minnen @ Ross + Kramer, NYC

It almost seems like Christian Rex van Minnen, in his mind-bending and contemporary take on the past Masters of Western European painting, hasn’t named a solo show Coniunctio before. “Coniunctio, literally ‘conjunction,’ was used by ancient alchemists to describe chemical unions and Carl Jung adapted this term to describe the psychological union of the opposites, and the birth of new possibilities,” van Minnen said of the title of his new show. “In this body of work, oil painting, monotype, and digital, I have created portraits that are the conjunction of identities, and layers of self. As our consciousness expands further into the digital realm, so do new layers of identity. The interplay of these identities in one’s self is what interests me.”

What the Santa Cruz-based painter has found is a perfect place to explore the depth of painting with the depths of technology, mixed also with the often

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Meet Artle, The Wordle Spinoff For Art Lovers

The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. has jumped into the game craze with a Wordle spinoff called Artle, which gives players four guesses to identify the creator of four works of art.

The wildly popular Wordle word game — snapped up by The New York Times for a cool seven figures — has spawned a panoply of copycats, from Worldle, a geography-based game, to Heardle (music), Lewdle (naughty words), Nerdle (math), Queerdle (LGBTQ+ words), Absurdle (even more words) and many others.

Designed as a fun way to let art geeks explore the NGA’s vast collection, Artle gives players a different game every day. Players are shown a work chosen from among the gallery’s 155,000 works by 15,000 artists. The player gets a chance to guess the artist. If incorrect,

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