Monthly Archives: October 2013

First impression about London – Used luggage as a vehicle


First impression about London

Used Luggage as a vehicle

In 09.September.2013, I arrived in London as a international student in Chelsea college.

First impression about London Where I am going to study during 3 years is excited from my viewing land mark of London, high spirited with cosmopolitan life and lonely from particular weather of London, by which I felt chaos and subtlety. I depicted my mind which could not be established in London yet but still float on the atmosphere of London with view as a international student. I created my art work through luggage, from which I have opportunity to communicate with London as a media like canvas. Luggage is not just object but a vehicle through which I can connect to London and my alter ego contained my life story.


75 x 48 x 30 cm , mixed media on luggage




Balance-Lizzie Prentis


Wood & Metal mixed sculpture

Lizzie Prentis

 Once we step into the 20 century , art  field was changed due to appearance of Marcel Duchamp.Before Marcel Duchamp, artists just revive situation and objects with painting and sculpture in their art works. However,after Marcel Duchamp, art works do not reappear as traditional and direct of painting and sculpture any more, but actively suggest. It means that the creative act is not performed by the artist alone.

Let me introduce about one artist, Lizzie Prentis participated at our group in Chelsea collage as a stage 1 student. She is always interested in subject “Balance”

First of all,  we need to search Balance meaning.

Balance – a state in which weight is distributed every enabling a person or thing to remain steady and upright. -a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions : elections left the political balance almost unchanged. -mental or emotional stability.

Artist, Lizzie Prentis, expresses blue color as a baby boy and red one as a baby girl, which is currently her concerning. Through two different opposite colors and materials: wood and metal, she suggest divers way of balance.  As I upper said, since different people have different view based on their history of life, each spectator can have different point of view about art works. Thus, for me, her art work is enough to arouse my nationality.

It would be small surprise that her art work is more familiar to me. Basically, I am Korean. Here, Korea flag is.

Korean National Flag – Taegeukgi

원형리정(元亨利貞)은 곧 나고(生), 자라고(長), 거두고(斂), 저장하는(藏) 순환을 의미.

원 – 건괘 – 하늘(天), 봄(春), 동(東), 인(仁)

형 – 이괘 – 해(日), 여름(夏), 남(南), 예(禮)

이 – 곤괘 – 땅(地), 가을(秋), 서(西), 의(義)

정 – 감괘 – 달(月), 겨울(冬), 북(北), 지(智) 

According to an expert, Korean flag is most scientifically and philosophically meaningful flag in the world especially, containing meaning of  Balance. The taegeuk mark located in middle of flag as a circle divided into two color: red and blue represents the harmony of yin and yang, which is the origin of all things in the universe. The four corners each have a trigram in them. The trigrams are meant to represent the four elements of heaven, sun, earth and moon ; spring, summer, autumn and winter; east, south, west and north; humanity ,faith, politeness and knowledge, respectively. All these parts make up the Taegeukgi.

Another point of view, personally I think her art work seems like an ax, expressing two opposite part of alive and dead of human life with a judging line, as if Keen-edged  ax as cold blue with metal cuts the life as hot red.

More interestingly, by expending perspective, my subject,communication, is base on  balance meaning when it comes to equilibrium between people with conversation so I feel this art work is more approachable with me.

communication with Morse Code


communication with Morse Code

communication (MOSS cord)  :

ㅡ – ㅡ- , ㅡㅡㅡ , ㅡㅡ , ㅡㅡ , ㅡ- , — , ㅡ-ㅡ- , -ㅡ , ㅡ , — , ㅡㅡㅡ , ㅡ-

118 x 100 x 8 cm, mixed media on canvas

communication (MOSS cord)  :

ㅡ – ㅡ- , ㅡㅡㅡ , ㅡㅡ , ㅡㅡ , ㅡ- , — , ㅡ-ㅡ- , -ㅡ , ㅡ , — , ㅡㅡㅡ , ㅡ-

74 x 54 x 8 cm mixed media on canvas

communication (MOSS cord)  :

ㅡ – ㅡ- , ㅡㅡㅡ , ㅡㅡ , ㅡㅡ , ㅡ- , — , ㅡ-ㅡ- , -ㅡ , ㅡ , — , ㅡㅡㅡ , ㅡ-

90 x 65 x 8 cm mixed media on canvas

communication (MOSS cord)  : Disentangle 

ㅡ – ㅡ- , ㅡㅡㅡ , ㅡㅡ , ㅡㅡ , ㅡ- , — , ㅡ-ㅡ- , -ㅡ , ㅡ , — , ㅡㅡㅡ , ㅡ-

54 x 100 x 8 cm mixed media on canvas 

Communication with mobile phone


Communication with mobile phone 

92.0 x 60.0 x 8.0 cm ,  mixed media on canvas

73.0 x 60.0 cm ,mixed media on canvas

146.0 x 72.0 cm ,  mixed media on canvas

60.0 x 73.0 cm ,  mixed media on canvas

60 x 73 cm, 46 x 38 cm, 46 x 38 cm (3 series), mixed media on canvas

73.0 x 61.0cm ,mixed media on canvas

26.5 x 26.5 x 4.0 cm , mixed media on canvas

Freud Museum in London

Freud Museum in London

There are big and small museums all over in old city London. There is big and famous museum, such as the British Museum, and some museum for one great man, like Hendel and Dickens. These museum remodel great man’s house where they lived, in the museum, there are furniture, clothes, books, hats, and even one single pen with great care that great man used during his life.

Like these kinds of museum, there is a psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s(1856~1939) museum. This museum is hided in Northern London Hampstead where reside lots of scholars and writers. Freud spends most of time in Austria, Wien, however he passes ways in London. A Jew Freud, Austria was occupied by Nazi annexation of Austria in his latter years, he comes to England as an exile with forgetting his old age, when he was eighties. England greets him showing clear signs of illness because of more than 30 times of cancer of the mouth surgeries. He spends his last one year in London, and he passes away at Maresfield 20th street, The museum is located in this Maresfield 20th street.

In his house, there are lots of antiques he collected in his life from Egypt, China, and Greece. And also there are, books, desk, and a luxury couch that patients can lay down when they get psychoanalyst treatment from him. On the wall, fusain drawing from dali is hanging and on the first floor desk, you can see round glasses he used. It looks like he was just there until a few minutes ago, writing something on his desk.

Sigmund Freud(May 6th 1856~ September 23th 1929)is a doctor of psychiatrist, neurologist, philosopher and the founding father of psychoanalysis. He is famous for creating theory of unconscious suppression defence mechanism and also creating clinical that cure psychopathology with having conversation with patients. Freud begins to use hypnosis in his clinical work, he finds out hypnosis is not necessary to many subject and he gives up this way. And instead of that, he cure his patients with having conversation with them. This treatment is well know as talking cure and finally goal of this treatment which is conversation is that solve the patient’s strong feeling energy in unconscious.

Like this, Freud called the feeling that patients deny it “suppression” and he thinks, this can harm to consciousness normal function, and even more harm to physical function. And he explains this one as a psychosomatic disorder. The term of “arts of conversation” is made from Anna O. who is patient of his co-worker Josef Breuer. This “arts of conversation” is widely considered in foundation of Freudianism.

I paint most of my art work with communication and also insist about importance of communication, Freud’s life and his Freudianism research are very interested in to me. I know seriousness in human life when there are no conversation and communication. And also I can tell, communication is the best way to cure mental patient. Freud Museum give me chance to learn about importance of true inner communication among the people and let me know the answer about what is the origin of human existence.

Cultural Orienteering

East London

 Let’s talk about East London history first, before talking about East London gallery. Few years ago, East London is just like an outsider, completely disregard from ordinary guide book or map.London is split in two parts, East-end and West-end, with city area which is a central of finance. West-end is wealth and beautiful area. Including Buckingham Palace, there are a lot of facilities concentrated in West-end, such as city main building, state or country main building, and culture establishment. on the other hand, East-end is backward area that you can easily see factory, storage, and warehouse.At East-end, there are full of scribble off the wall and many dark drab buildings. Also East-end is the area of a high incidence of crime and residence of labor. Therefore, this place can tell England’s ordinary people’s emotion and culture.

 After establishment of “The Space” at East-end in 1968, there are formed artist community that anyone can do creative activity freely. Especially, around Haxton square, yBa has been active and yBa become a roll to England modern art.After this, yBa moved to  Hackney factory outside of East-end, they still keep alive in that area.

In 1990s redevelopment policy: the birth of World famous Canary Wharf result from the development DLR(Dockland Light Railway) which is connection between London and East London and be awarded the right to host 2012 London Olympic bring about change a lot. Especially, in Shoreditch and Dalston, lots of stores are opened and many things are entered, such as, sensible design studio, vintage shop, and many kinds of art galleries. Now this place is one of the best and well known trendy area in London.

Now East-end makes a new leap forward and currently underway as a center of London culture which ordinary people’s life and art are co-exist with, trendy commerce culture and passionate, experimental art.




Chisenhale Gallery

64 Chisenhale Road London E3 5QZ

 East side of London, around Cambrige Heath Road is concentrated in new gallery after 2000s. In Cambrige Hearth Road, you can see fresh and sparkle work of young artist, as behind Bond street that normally dealing with famous artist work. This place is an outskirt of the London city and it takes one and half hour by bus from London city. You can find nonprofit Chisenhale gallery, when you walk lonesome residential road, even during the day time. This gallery is well known place because they have their own education program and publicity. Furthermore, they choose high quality artist and planning. The situation that the large commerce galleries are getting bigger and bigger, however nonprofit gallery and traditional place are getting smaller and even close, is very good news to them.

Wilkison Gallery

Corner of Vyner Street and Mowlem St, London, E2 9HE

 Vyner St which located in five minute walk from Broadway Market, is famous for crowed independence gallery and young artist in Hackeny. Side to side of two lane road, there are around 20 small independent gallery including longest Wilkinson. Cultivatevyner street is brand new gallery, opened last September. They try to introduce work of artists who are keeping freedom and experiment that stands for East London sprit. Young artist who live in East London always exhibit their work. The good thing in this gallery is that artists can sell their work directly to collector, therefore they can cut middle margin. When you see the price of the work, you can find out they cut their middle profit and they reflect their purpose well. Around 20 of new generation artists painting work 50 ~ 100 sizes are cost 500 pound or so. My dog Sighs is rising next generation graphic artist who followed Banksy. Even his work cost around 150 pound. This gallery cut price a lot. New artist still move to East London because this place rent is cheaper that West London. And president of gallery says that is why you can get art work cheaper than any other place

Maureen Paley Gallery

21 Herald Street, London E2 6JT

First of all, Maureen Paley was born in New York she attended Sarah Lawrence College ,and graduated from Brown University. Her artwork appears on the cover of the Summer 1973 edition of Sarah Lawrence Magazine.She received Russian training as a ballet dancer.She emigrated to England in 1977, attending The Royal College of Art , where she gained an MA in photography. In 1978, she met and became one of the first London friends of  Helen Chadwick, who, like Paley, lived in Beck Road,Bethnal Green.  Paley and other friends took part in Chadwick’s first London show, a feminist performance titled In the Kitchen, by strapping themselves in a canvas model of a cooker.Chadwick guided Paley in the conversion of her home into a space for art exhibitions. In 1984, Paley began a gallery programme in her Victorian terraced house.-Referenced by Wikipidia

As her effort,Maureen Paley gallery was able to open. This gallery is now one of the best galleries in the world over England, and they have a big effect to choose Turner Prize nominee.“Turner Prize’ cut the nominee artist to 4 people, some of London art dealer, which are Lisson Gallery, Jay Jopling who is close to Charles Saattchi, Maureen Paley Gallery and Victoria Miro Gallery can affect the selction of winner of ”Turner Prize“

Laura Bartlett Gallery

10 Northington Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 2JG

 Around Leathermarket court is not far from London Bridge sataion, is new residence area, located in zone 1. This town has good school district and also famous for highly coast residence. Previously, at Leathermarket Street in south east London, Laura Bartlett gallery moved to this more centrally located space. You can easily pass the gallery or hardly tell this place is gallery or not, because of entrance similar to house entrance. This Commercial gallery specializing in contemporary art showing approximately eight exhibitions a year, showcasing young international emerging and established artists. One of requirements of middle and upper class of London is higher culture knowledge. Laura Bartlett gallery is participate in high standard living in new town,

The Regent’s Canal

Walkers on the trail East London you can cross the upper part of Regent park. Follow this road you can reach Regent’s Canal that you are able to see beautiful view and get a rest. This charming canal called Little Venice, built in 1820s as transportation, however after railroad opened their role has been reduced. However, to reflect this culture trend in East London, canal has been changed and reborn. Around canal area, there are amusement facilities, trail, small boat and cruise ship. This place is kind of small up and coming water zone for young generation as hot place and every season they give a concert with free pass.

Like this, in East London, rounded Old street, Liverpool street, Hoxton, Shoreditch has not only a lot of gallery and landmark such as Regent’s canal but lots of fun grafity. You can see so many people on weekend here, because every weekend free market, like Bricklane Market , Petticoat Lane Market, Old Spitalfields Market are events and also  there are  lots of hip-hop club, bar and restaurant. Also you can experience street passion, vintage culture trend, food, alcohol, progressive young artist music and art., Because of those reason, many design company are concentrated in this palces. To reflect this young and creative East London trend, one famous young Korean singer whose name is G-Dragon also make a music video his newest title song “Crooked”(Lately, in New York times highly praise G-Dragon’s solo 2nd album Coup D’ETAT)  in here.

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East London lead another local culture in London with plenty of new gallery and culture contents, just like New York Brooklyn; just finished beautiful decoration and rough ruined area just like jewelry are coexist and Mullae-dong in South Korea.

Phone Museum – Present Achievements in Past Context


 Phone Museum

This story  is of  my father,Director of Phone Museum.

One day long time ago, when I was young, I went to Mia-Ri to see my friend, Yongtae. Getting down from the bus on the ridge, I walked up through a steep mountain path, panting for breath. Upon reaching his house, I shouted out, “Yongtae!”, expecting to hear from him, “Just a moment, I’ll come out.” But, contrary to the expectation, what I had to hear was, “Yongtae is not here, he already went out this morning.” Disappointed and exhausted, I trudged back downhill and got on the bus. It took me three a half hours to go to his house in vain and come back to my house located at Pil-Dong in the foothill of Nam-San, some 12 miles from Mia-Ri. This is not an old tale from the Yi-Dynasty. It is an anecdote that I experienced in Seoul at 1960s when I was a student. Whenever I bring up this story, both I and my daughters are laughing because they’re so used to the cellular phone.  Due to the cellular phones, things have changed drastically.

Living in this world where I would not have hear, “Yongtae is not here!”, with just one call, I opened the Phone Museum, yearning for good old days. This museum is little bit different from an ordinary museum in that, while it has wire telephones dated back to 19th century, it’s going to concentrate on recent technological development.

The majority of people, upon hearing that I opened the Phone Museum which is concentrating on the mobile phone, respond like this, “The mobile phone has existed only 20 years. Now we have a museum for it?” It is a natural response since a museum normally exhibits antiques at least 50 year old. However, I think that the mobile phone is an exception. A mobile phone is now the product most intimately related to our daily lives. Korean companies occupy more than 30 percent of the mobile phone market worldwide. They have five kinds of million seller cellular phones, each of which has been sold more than ten million. Among the export items of Korea, it is placed between No. 1 and No. 3 in terms of money. Furthermore, Korean companies have been leading in mobile phone technology. There are scores of models which claim to have new functions for the first time in history.

But this story is being lost. Not only wire telephones of twenty years ago but even mobile phones of just four to five years ago are hardly being preserved, and some mobile phones with innovative technology used for the first time are being lost. They are disassembled for the purpose of extracting infinitesimal jewels in them, or rashly exporting them to underdeveloped nations. With the incentive of profit, individuals quickly sold them to retail stores, without ever considering preserving their historical value. While many domestic antiques of great age still remain, recent products manufactured more than a billion units virtually disappear. There was no museum devoted to the collection of mobile phones. Even the mobile phone companies failed to preserve their own products. Some of these companies have disappeared completely with their products. Then, how will succeeding generation of Koreans know the history of the mobile phones’ development without a preservation of recent technologies?

Hundreds of new mobile phone models come out every year. It is difficult to collect them all even though someone tries to collect them every day. Then, if neglected for years, it becomes impossible to collect them. The standard definition of an antique, “at least 50 years old,” should not be applied to such a rapidly evolving product like a mobile phone. We should collect and exhibit today’s products now instead of trying to find past products after they have become extinct. Also, since museum pieces must be exhibited to demonstrate changes at a glance, today’s pieces must be exhibited with the older pieces. As a result, the legacy of the Phone Museum, which is world-first and unique, will become the cultural legacy of Korea, and furthermore, that of the world in near future.

For these reasons, and with this vision, I opened the Phone Museum. Although there are some historic mobile phones made in Korea, which claim to have made world first function, that are yet to be collected, I hurried to open this museum with the hope that as this museum comes to be known widely, such items would be donated. I intend this museum shall be known, preserved, and ultimately transmitted to posterity with your encouragement and support, and many others around the world.

Director of the Phone Museum

Byeongcheol  Lee