A quite extraordinary exhibition has opened at the October Gallery, situated on Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury. Featuring the work of award-winning artists the exhibition introduces the likes of Yoon An, Jukhee Kwon and Remy Jungerman, each displaying their art for the first time at the gallery.
Born and raised in South Korea, Gyeong Yoon An won the Asia Artist Award in 2012 for her unique sculpture series, Icon_Goddess. Gaining inspiration from iconic sculptures such as ‘The Thinker’ and ‘Venus’ the artist uses the idea by creating traditional sculptures that also offer a reflection of modern culture. For this reason she chooses to use materials that are not only easily manipulated but highlight today’s society – paper from magazines.
Jukhee Kwon is another artist who was born and raised in South Korea. Having studied in Camberwell College of Arts London and now based in Italy, the artist is renowned for using abandoned books as her material to create beautiful sculptures. Though some may be critical that the artist has destroyed books, they are usually blown away when they see the new life created from the destruction. As part of a new series – Red Presence – the artist harks back to her first vivid memory, the colour red.
Remy Jungerman is a multi-media artist who was born in Suriname and now lives in the Netherlands. Through his work he personally forms a connection to his African Diaspora and ancestral Maroon background. Describing the theme in his work as ‘transnationality’ the display at the October Gallery ‘re-naturalises’ high-tech modern communication cables by fusing them into organic tree sculptures.
As if these exciting artists were not enough to whet the appetite, the exhibition will also include work from Romuald Hazoumè, Laila Shawa, Gandalf Gavan, Huang Xu, Lucy Azubuike, William S. Burroughs and Gérard Quenum, and comes highly recommended.
The World of Extraordinary Subjects is at the October Gallery until April 13th. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 12.30-5.30pm. Entrance is free.