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Arts Culture International Galleries Take Up Room At Hotel Art Fair 2019

International Galleries Take Up Room At Hotel Art Fair 2019

International Galleries Take Up Room At Hotel Art Fair 2019
By Mika Apichatsakol
By Mika Apichatsakol
June 20, 2019
Thailand Tatler interviews founders, directors and curators of Korea Tomorrow and Malaysia's Artemis Art and G13 galleries ahead of Hotel Art Fair taking place this weekend, June 22-23

Two more days until the highly anticipated Hotel Art Fair 2019, and we have three more reasons you should make sure to pre-register for the fair, which is taking place at the W Bangkok this year. In addition to getting to see all your favourite local artists and galleries fill the rooms of a hotel with their creativity, Hotel Art Fair also invites interesting galleries and art organisations from countries all around the world. 

We had the opportunity to interview representatives from Korea Tomorrow and Malaysia's Artemis Art and G13 Gallery ahead of the event this weekend. Meet Sumin Park, a curator at Korea Tomorrow, UC Loh, the director of Artemis Art, and founder of G13 Kenny Teng to learn about the art scene back in their respective countries, including its challenges, and what they have brought to show this weekend at #HAF19. 

Korea Tomorrow
Korea Tomorrow

Korea Tomorrow

Tell me about your gallery—when did it open and why?

Sumin Park, curator: We launched in 2009. We are not a traditional gallery, but rather an organization. Since its launch, Korea Tomorrow has grown into Korea’s leading curated art fair that offers a wide variety of contemporary Korean artworks, going beyond its function as a trading venue for art. Korea Tomorrow is a visual art exhibition that encompasses a variety of genres, including painting, sculpture, installation and new media, to architecture, design and crafts.

Korea Tomorrow
Korea Tomorrow
Korea Tomorrow
Korea Tomorrow
Korea Tomorrow
Korea Tomorrow
Korea Tomorrow
Korea Tomorrow
 

What are some of the pieces or artists you are bringing to showcase at the event?

SP: We will be bringing Lee Kyoungmi, who is known for realistic yet delicate style of painting; Yoon Jungwon, a traditional silk painter who beautifully depicts nature with blue pigment; Lee June, a textile artist who creates brightly colored fabric sculptures; and finally Seo Eun Kyeong, who uses her own unique hologram technique on garden paintings.

HAF was conceived to address challenges in Thailand's art scene. As someone working in the art industry, what are some challenges or obstacles you see for art or artists in your country?

SP: Korea has a vested art market, which makes it hard for many young galleries and curators to experiment because of the high barriers to entry. Korea Tomorrow is one of the movements seeking to implement a solution to the current art industry in Korea.

Image: Courtesy of Korea Tomorrow
Image: Courtesy of Korea Tomorrow

What are you looking forward to or are most excited about in HAF2019?

SP: We are very much looking forward to making new connections.

What do you wish to impart to people who visit your room at HAF this weekend?

SP: We would like them to enjoy the vibrant Korean art scene that speaks both traditional and contemporary languages. Korea has much more to offer than kimchi and BTS!

What would you recommend an art lover visiting Korea to see? 

SP: The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul. Jongno-gu is another a must-visit to all art lovers visiting Seoul, and from Samcheong-dong to Cheongdam-dong, there are areas overflowing with galleries.

Artemis Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tabula rasa R374 (2018), 140x60cm, acrylic, marker, oil stick and pencil on canvas, Dedy Sufriadi (Image: Courtesy of Artemis Art)
Tabula rasa R374 (2018), 140x60cm, acrylic, marker, oil stick and pencil on canvas, Dedy Sufriadi (Image: Courtesy of Artemis Art)

Tell me about your gallery—when did it open and why?

UC Loh, director: Artemis Art started in November 2011. Our focus has always been to promote young, emerging Southeast Asian artists. For now, we have mainly Indonesian and Malaysian artists, and we're taking on some Philippines artists soon.

What are some of the pieces or artists you are bringing to showcase at the event?

UCL: We will have figurative and also abstract artists. Again, all young and emerging Southeast Asian artists.

HAF was conceived to address challenges in Thailand's art scene. As someone working in the art industry, what are some challenges or obstacles you see for art or artists in your country?

UCL: I think we struggle with a generally lower level of art appreciation in our country, fairly small market and the weakening of our currency and the overall economy.

What are you looking forward to or are most excited about in HAF2019?

UCL: Being that it's a new market for us, we are looking forward to getting to know some young collectors and more about the local art scene.

Villager, 48x38cm, watercolor on canson paper, Gatot Indrajati (Image: Courtesy of Artemis Art)
Villager, 48x38cm, watercolor on canson paper, Gatot Indrajati (Image: Courtesy of Artemis Art)
The Sinful (2019), 91x65cm, ballpoint pen and white pencil on canvas, Syahbandi Samat (Image: Courtesy of Artemis Art)
The Sinful (2019), 91x65cm, ballpoint pen and white pencil on canvas, Syahbandi Samat (Image: Courtesy of Artemis Art)
Man with lingery (2016), 100x80cm, oil and marker on canvas, Dedy Sufriadi (Image: Courtesy of Artemis Art)
Man with lingery (2016), 100x80cm, oil and marker on canvas, Dedy Sufriadi (Image: Courtesy of Artemis Art)

What do you wish to impart to people who visit your room at HAF this weekend?

UCL: The support for young and emerging contemporary artists, appreciate the universal language of arts, some of our artists are self-taught artists, not those fine arts trained, generally referred to as the Outsider artists.

What would you recommend an art lover visiting Malaysia to see? 

UCL: You should visit our National Gallery and Central Bank. These are just some of the few institutions that have good collections of arts besides their exhibitions. Publika is also a good place to visit—it's destined to be one of KL's art hubs.

G13 Gallery, Selangor, Malaysia

WAVES II (2019),  120x150cm, oil on linen, Kow Leong Kiang (Image: Courtesy of G13 Gallery)
WAVES II (2019), 120x150cm, oil on linen, Kow Leong Kiang (Image: Courtesy of G13 Gallery)

Tell me about your gallery—when did it open and why?

Kenny Teng, founder: G13 Gallery was founded in 2010 with an objective to introduce Southeast Asian artworks to the world. Our programme focuses on regional youth and emerging artists.

What are some of the pieces or artists you are bringing to showcase at the event?

KT: This year we are showcasing artists from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Man 2 (2019) 40x37cm, oil on canvas, Preecha Racksorn (Image: Courtesy of G13 Gallery)
Man 2 (2019) 40x37cm, oil on canvas, Preecha Racksorn (Image: Courtesy of G13 Gallery)
To Be The Stone For Peace, 100x100cm, oil on canvas, Ong-arj (Image: Courtesy of G13 Gallery)
To Be The Stone For Peace, 100x100cm, oil on canvas, Ong-arj (Image: Courtesy of G13 Gallery)

HAF was conceived to address challenges in Thailand's art scene. As someone working in the art industry, what are some challenges or obstacles you see for art or artists in your country?

KT: The main challenge we face is the lack of new collectors in the industry. What HAF is doing is very good, and it can provide awareness on the importance of art, generating more collectors.

What are you looking forward to or are most excited about in HAF2019?

KT: I can’t wait to showcase our best artworks in a casual setting. The advantage of exhibiting in a hotel room is that buyers can visualise more clearly how the artwork will be placed in his/her home.

Dealing With It (2019), 69x50cm, acrylic on linen, Natisa Jones (Image: Courtesy of G13 Gallery)
Dealing With It (2019), 69x50cm, acrylic on linen, Natisa Jones (Image: Courtesy of G13 Gallery)

What do you wish to impart to people who visit your room at HAF this weekend?

KT: Come to see artworks from three different countries. I believe every piece of art has its own story to share, so come and discover.

 

Hotel Art Fair is open to the public, free of charge, at the W Bangkok this weekend, June 22-23, 11am-11pm.

Pre-register at hotelartfair19.eventbrite.com.

Find more information at hotelartfair.com

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