Conflating Spaces by Byoung Ok Min

Wandering in Anguk always surprises me. Around every corner is another gallery and though I tend to take the same route as usual and add one more street the exhibitions are always changing so there’s always something to see. Today, after stopping into a gallery that was in the setting up process and talking with the owner about any other galleries he would suggest I ended up at Hakgojae Gallery (학고재갤러리) currently hosting the works of Byoung Ok Min.

At 71, she has been creating pieces for over 50 years. This current exhibition has chosen 16 works from 1990 until the present.

“Abstract art is always a metaphor of life: contradictions, paradoxes, ironies and mysteries all exist at the same time. In my work I conflate very different kinds of abstract elements into one vision, conflating various ways of creating images and different ways they can exist in a painted space is my own way of creating energy, tension, turbulence, mystery and ultimately a celebration of life.” ~ Byoung Ok Min, April 15, 2011

Having had a hiatus from exhibitions in Korea for the past 14 years since her last show at the 63 building in 1995 this is something to take in. And the space provided by Hakgojae Gallery is quite nice. Her work will be exhibited until May 15.


종로구 소격동 70

70 Sogyuk-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea




Bus: 109, 151, 162, 171, 172, 272, 401, 406, 601, 606, 704, 1020, 7022, 7025

Subway: Anguk Station, exit 1. Walk straight and turn right on the third street. The gallery will be a couple blocks back.


Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Closed Mondays

Website: Hakgojae Gallery

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