Weontae An’s work is steeped in traditional Korean ink painting and calligraphic technique. An takes natural landscape as his subject matter, transforming the actual landscape into abstraction. Through his work, An explores the connections between humans and their surroundings, cognizant of the fact that all constructs—man, tree, grass, concrete, water—are organically connected with one another.
Weontae An (born 1971, Jin-hae, South Korea) moved to Seoul in 1998 where he graduated from Hong-ik University. An participated in the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship program in Umbertide, Italy, in 2008, and the National Art Studio (Changdong Art studio) program in South Korea from 2005-2006. Recent solo shows include Negative landscape 2 at the Nowon Art Center, Seoul, 2009; Coesistenza at Sala Di Sogni Gallery, Rome, 2008; Negative 山水 at La-merGallery, Seoul, 2007; Negative San-su at Changdong Art Studio, Seoul, 2006; and Tree in the Water at Doll Gallery, Seoul, 2005. Group exhibitions include R․O․C & Korean Ink Paintings at the Arts Center Kyeonggi, Suwon, South Korea, 2008; National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, 2007; and Oriental New Image, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, 2007.
Residents from South Korea
Astrid Honold is a German curator based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she established Office For Contemporary Art together with artists Fendry Ekel and Folkert de Jong. Operating in the fields of Art Management and Consulting, the Office supports a selected group of talented young artists working in The Netherlands. With Black Cat Publishing, Honold publishes monographs and exhibition catalogues. Additionally, Honold is an independent curator working with international galleries and museums.
Astrid Honold (born in Saarbrücken, Germany) was trained in Architecture at the Stuttgart Technical Institute, Stuggart, Germany and studied at the Rietveld Art Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Honold has organized the annual presentation of Amsterdam-based design label Droog during the Salone del Mobile Design in Milan, Italy. She was also responsible for Droog Design’s two international travelling exhibitions: Simply droog, MAD Museum, New York; Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Museo Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil; Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Swizterland, and A Human Touch in Beijing, Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai, Jakarta and other cities.
Residents from The Netherlands
Arianna Carossa’s art practice centers around the material object as an expression of linearity and consistency in humanity. She produces an aesthetics (harmony) of unexpected events, where the object as a symbol of the linearity of time and facts is broken and reassembled in an apparently linear way. She is interested in the interruption of regularity coming from an unexpected event, like death. Her intervention in art develops from the object as created by man, to the object, as Hegel says, as
pure description of perfection, spirit and nature.
Arianna Carossa lives between Genova, Milan and Rome, Italy. Carossa graduated from Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti in Genova, where she received a BFA in painting. Her work has been exhibited in Mi sei mancata fino a ieri Changing Role Move Art Gallery, Naples, Italy; Sound of my soul, Fondazione per l’Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivara, Torino, Italy; Ente comunale di consumo, Ciac Centro Internazionale per le Arti Contemporanee Genazzano, Rome; L’Oggetto Ritrovato, ex Arsenale Ansaldo, Milan; Whales, Strychnin Gallery, London, UK; Ketos 2.0, Spallanzani Museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Ketos 2.0, Aquarium of Milan, Milan; Dialogues, Menage Ermitage, St. Petersbourg, Russia (Dostoyevsky Foundation); Festival della creatività, Spazio ex Murate, Florence, Italy; Slaves, Palladium Theatre, Rome; and Violazione di domicilio, Centro Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome.