September 7, 2010
I’ve been invited to participate in a show in the Korean DMZ! I’m hesitant to officially announce this as I can’t really believe that it’s true, but maybe it’s safe to announce it virtually until I know something more about whether or not it will happen. It is the tenth annual Korean DMZ Art Festival, which consists of 12 artists creating outdoor installations and an additional 25 artists sending in images to be printed on approximately 3 1/2′ x 6 1/2′ flags to be installed around the grounds. I will be one of the 25 international artists with a flag from either Korea, China, Japan, USA, Canada, Italy or Australia. The show opens October 1st and will be up for a month and is associated with the Seokjang-ri Art Gallery Outdoor Exhibition Place, which might be one of—if not THE—northernmost galleries in South Korea. I honestly don’t know a lot about it since their website is all in Korean (maybe one of you who knows Korean can explain some of it to me), but I went ahead and sent in my image this week and am just keeping my fingers crossed that everything will work out as it should. It’s a shame I can’t be there to see the show in person—it seemed like they would put me up while I was there if I could pay my own transportation to get there, but that just isn’t possible these days. They requested my address in order to send me a copy of the catalog so that’s a good sign… Hopefully I can at least see some good photos of the completed print—it’s hard to imagine what my image would look like six feet tall! The theme is Boundaries and Borders (in the DMZ, isn’t that always the theme?) so I hope they print the flag on something slightly transparent as it would fit the idea perfectly. It felt natural to apply this collage of images of candy with a figure looking through to the concept so I’m really happy with the fit considering I pulled it together in an afternoon. Will keep you posted if I hear or see anything more about the show and the printing of my flag!