"Oozing" art in Seoul

Seung Yul Oh is a New Zealand-based Korean artist who works in a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, sound and video. He recently completed a three-month residency in South Korea, which was partly sponsored by the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

A sculpture of a bowl of noodlesLast year, Seung Yul Oh was invited by Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa to take up a residency at the artist-run gallery and art space ggool in Seoul.

“The residency itself provided an excellent platform to make work. To have time to concentrate on producing work was great, and allowed me to push my work in new directions. It was also a great opportunity to meet with local artists and curators.”

Oh used only locally sourced materials for the artworks he created while in Korea, which gave him new opportunities to extend himself. “I was able to work with Korean fabricators to make some works, and this has greatly increased my knowledge of materials and production processes.”

The residency, Oh’s first, and the new working environment helped him “ooze out a new body of work”, and the residency ended with an exhibition of his new creations.

The inside of the ggool artspace, including Seung Yul Oh's video artwork playing on the wall“This greatly enhanced the profile of the work and provided a broad audience with an ideal opportunity to engage with my work.

“From the show, my work was picked up and shown at the prestigious Art HK [Hong Kong’s international art fair] by a leading-Seoul based gallery, One and J Gallery. This has been an amazing outcome!”

Oh will return to Seoul in 2012 for his solo exhibition at One and J gallery.

1. Neng Myun (noodles – plastic and steel)
2. Ggool art space – including Oh’s video installation The ability to blow themselves up – where people inflated a balloon to popping point. “Participants got thrilled by their nervousness into laughing,” Oh said.

Last updated: 28 Jan 2015