Chain Letter in Seoul  


Saturday, July 23, 2011, 6pm


Chungseok Super Studio

568-57 Hannam-dong,

Seoul, South Korea 140-889

Participating artists (based on the name list at the venue)

Anim, Eunjung Cho, Gra Cho, Jamaica Fredericks, Grima, Jeongwoo Hahn, Yua Jung, Jungyoun Kim, Yong-Nicholas A. Kim, Hyanghee Lee, Hyunjung Lim, Seungkyun Lim, Vasken Mardikiau, Hoonha Park, Seunghee Park, Mikyoung Jun Pearce

I happened to know that there is a show which artists invite other artists and this artist-curated group show spontaneously takes place in several cities in the world. Only having received vague information, as if having played Chinese Whispers, I visited the show and found out that it is an exhibition called Chain Letter, initially conceived by Christian Cummings and Doug Harvey, wherein artists are invited by other artists, based on their respect and admiration. The show, at the same time, expands to take place in Berlin, London, NY, Johannesburg, LA, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Zurich, Boston, Paris and Seoul.

It is intriguing to observe how the social nature of the art world is presented and how ‘we’ connect to each other, while getting to know this exhibition through circulated information. The artists’ autonomous movement in Seoul seems still weak yet to show hopeful signs in a way that their added gestures suggest to create a web of network, which has its origin in their equal relationships, without hierarchy.