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"Portals: Collecting and Interpreting Evocative Rocks" Thursday Oct 29th with Dr. Thomas Elias, Founder of the Viewing Stone Association of North America, who will lend one of his Korean viewing stones to the show, Dr. Virginia Moon, Associate Curator of Korean Art at LACMA and two artists in the show: Andy Moerlein and Elisa Pritzker. This talk will focus on the art of stone collecting, both as an historic tradition and as a contemporary practice. Why contemporary artists have translated this aesthetic into new art forms and how each individual rock speaks about a larger landscape will be addressed in this talk.
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Wednesday, October 21–November 30
Andy Moerlein, Pale Wave (2020). Photo courtesy of the artist.
9. “Interpreting the Natural: Contemporary Visions of Scholars’ Rocks” at the Korean Cultural Center, New York
Contemporary artists present work in a wide range of materials, all inspired by Asian scholars’ rocks—whether it be the distinct traditions of Korea’s Suseok (of Parasite fame), Japan’s Suiseki, or China’s Gongshi. Expect ceramic sculptures by Laura Cannamela, wood carvings from Andy Moerlein, and even digital explorations by the form Furen Dai, to name just a few artists in this group show curated by Donna Dodson.
Location: Korean Cultural Center New York, 460 Park Avenue 6th Floor, New York
Price: Free with timed appointment
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Exhibition Dates: October 21 - November 30, 2020
Reserve your visit online Tues, Wed, Thurs 10:30a-4p
October 29 (Thurs) @ 5pm "Portals- Collecting and Interpreting Evocative Rocks" with Dr. Thomas Elias, Founder of the Viewing Stone Association of North America, who will lend one of his Korean viewing stones to the show, Dr. Virginia Moon, Associate Curator of Korean Art at LACMA and two artists featured in the show: Andy Moerlein and Elisa Pritzker.
November 10 (Tues) @ 5pm "Nature’s Representation, Interpretation and Enculturation in Viewing Stones" with Dr. Kevin Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Dr. Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art at the Smith College Museum of Art, and two artists featured in this show, Laura Cannamela and JooLee Kang.
November 13 (Fri) @ 5pm - "Strange Bedfellows: How Found Objects, Mineralogy and Ancient Viewing Stones Deliver a Relevant Message" with Dr. Kyunghee Pyun, art historian and faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology (see her recent interview about the Suseok in Parasite in Artnet), Dr. Aida Yuen Wong, art historian and faculty at Brandeis University, and two artists featured in the show: Furen Dai and Woomin Kim
November 16 (Mon) @ 5pm - "Presentation, Arrangement and Display" with Special guests: Jan Stuart, Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art, National Museum of Asian Art, Craig Yee, Founder of Ink Studio in Beijing, with Susan Meyer, and Christopher Frost, two artists featured in the show.
About the Artists
Furen Dai’s practice has focused largely on the economy of the cultural industry, and how languages lose function, usage, and history. Dai’s hybrid art practice utilizes video, sound, sculpture, painting, and collaboration. Her years as a professional translator and interest in linguistic studies have guided her artistic practice since 2015. Furen Dai has exhibited her work at the National Art Center, Tokyo, and the 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Greece. She has participated in residencies, including International Studio and Curatorial Programs, Art OMI, NARS Foundation, and has received public art commissions from The Art Newspaper (2019) and Rose Kennedy Greenway (2020).