This past week could have been one of the most exciting weeks this year because:
1. I am done with school
2. I am done with college apps
Yes, I said it- D-O-N-E with college apps! Woohoo! Now let the waiting game begin..
To celebrate, my mom and I went on a short trip to Korea. Besides eating delicious Korean food and shopping, we visited many Korean contemporary museums that we could find in Seoul. I took many photos there, because many of them allowed pictures unlike Japanese museums, but today I just wanted to write about the favorite installation I saw during the trip!
So this installation was my favorite from the MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art). It was a large museum divided up into 7 or 8 sections including special exhibitions and performances. During my time there, the special exhibition was on Bauhaus design.
This large installation is created by Leandro Erlinch in 2014 and is named The Port of Reflections. The installation is part of the museum's project (I forgot the exact name) where the museum provides the chosen artists a chunk of space in the museum, a velvetty black cubic room without a roof. When Leandro Erlinch was chosen to be invited to create a work using this space, he built up boats and lamps and the reflections of them to turn the room into a body of water reflecting whats above the ground level. Super clever. I love the idea and the presentation of the installation. The audience can walk into the box and look at the work from the bottom, like a fish looking up at the lamp and (possibly) human walking along the lake. I ended up staying in the bottom for a while, and it made me feel like a mermaid or something.
The style of the work reminded me of the Mickey's toontown from Disneyland initially- the lamps and the boats look like those found in European movies. I think they create an interesting juxtaposition with the other artworks in the museums because most of the artworks there were minimalist and/or technology related installation pieces.
Anyways- I am off to bed. More korean articles to come!