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
Sookoon Ang works with various media, including video, installation, drawing and printmaking. Her work addresses both the physical and metaphysical world—the space which we physically dwell and the interior space within us that is our spiritual, emotional and imaginative world. Ang explores how these two both reflect and have an effect on each other. Her artistic endeavour is to create visual representations of the eclipse between these two realms. Ang often takes common or everyday objects and occurrences, and presents them in a way that goes beyond their practical functions or mundane appearances. Ang majored in sculpture at the School of Visual Arts, New York and has participated in the Rijksakademie Artist Research Residency in Amsterdam. Her work has been shown internationally.
Residents from Singapore
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.