This March we welcome three international artists to Sheffield to launch the second stage of our Busan/Sheffield cultural exchange project. The first stage saw us take two artists from Sheffield (Paul Morrison and Ben Tew) to make new work in Busan.
Hun-Joo Koo, Su-bin Heo and Hyeong-Seob Cho visited in summer 2017 to explore neglected spaces and forgotten histories of the city. They will return for almost a month, to install artworks commissioned specifically for outdoor locations in the area. These works will include thoughtful interventions into public space in and around the area of Site Gallery, from playful lighting displays to fantastical structures.
This is the second part of an international collaboration with urban development co-operative Creative planb and their public art program in Kangkangee Arts Village, a busy ship-repair dockyard characterized by small workshops. KangKangee Arts Village has been compared to parts of Sheffield, with its industrial past and present, and dynamic arts scene existing alongside it.
Partners and Funders
This project is funded by Arts Council Korea (ARKO) and Arts Council of England, and is part of the British Council’s Busan-Sheffield Inner City Arts Project, KangKangee Arts Village Project in partnership with City of Ideas.
Partners: Site Gallery, Creative Plan-b, Baltic Gateshead,
Funded by: Arts Council England, Arts Council Korea
Hyeong-Seob Cho was born in Busan, and lives and works in Gyeonggi and Busan. He is a graduate of the Bauhaus- University in Weimar, Germany and has exhibited widely in Korea, China and Germany. Cho works with found objects and large installation pieces. His work, through deconstruction and distortion, makes the familiar seem strange, extracting motifs and symbols from daily life and framing them in new ways. This way, he aims to make the viewer feel distant from what they know and give them a new perspective on the role of everyday objects. His work for the Busan Biennale 2016 repurposed signage and advertising boards that would have been prevalent in 1970s Korea. Currently, Hyeong-Seob Cho directs, Cross & Connect, an international residency program in Busan.
Subin Heo was born in Busan and graduated with a degree in western painting at the Painting Department of Chugye University for the Arts in Korea, and also attended the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar in Germany to study mixed media. Heo has been working with light since the early 2000s, inspired by contemporary situations and emotions. His focus is on exploration of light as a material, which he expresses through sculptures, installations and photographic light boxes. Since his solo exhibition Aurora in 2014, he has been creating major immersive installations, making space for the audience to have a total experience. Currently, with his interest in the role of art and alternative education, Heo has been running an art education program for children called Meeting of Science and Art.
Hun-Joo Koo (a.k.a. Kay2), born and living in Busan, has been working with graffiti-style painting and making outdoor street works since 2005. With a background in fine art painting, Kay2 works with spray paint to depict subjects that connect to the particular context of the space, and using the original surface textures of the walls he works on. His work has wry humour and provides a visual commentary to contemporary life. Kay2 is currently the director of alternative cultural group Funny Revenge, and in this role runs an international residency exchange program for street artists.
We are looking for volunteers to help us while the artists are in Sheffield. If you’d like to get involved, please contact Robyn Haddon on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Image: Subin Heo, Cloud Street Lamp, Busan.