Saturday, August 16, 2014

Art at the Yeosu Expo in South Korea

Unlike far too many previous Olympics, Expos, and other international events with extravagantly constructed stadiums and buildings only to be abandoned and unused following their concluding acts, the Yeosu Expo, which was held in 2012, continues to be a dynamic and vibrant venue that regularly features many different activities and events.  I almost always travel to the Expo from Suncheon by train, and the line conveniently ends at the train station that is located directly across from the Expo.  

I went to the Yeosu Expo yesterday, August 15, which was Independence Day in South Korea.  The train was very crowded, and the Expo was also crowded, too.  Amidst all of the hustle and bustle of the day, I couldn't help but see that there was a sculpture exhibition in one of the event rooms.  The exhibition room is very noticeable, because just outside the entrance is a very large sculpture that commands one's attention.  The artists involved created the sculptures from discarded metals and plastics that otherwise would have been thrown away in some manner.  The sculptures vary in size from the large piece that I mentioned above to a small piece about the size of my thumb.  

The exhibition will end on Sunday, September 14, 2014, so there is plenty of time to travel to the Expo in Yeosu to see it.  The following photographs show some of the sculptures that are showing at the event.

Sculpture at Yeosu Expo
© Mark Eaton

Sculpture at Yeosu Expo 2
© Mark Eaton

Sculpture at Yeosu Expo 3
© Mark Eaton

You might want to bring a change of clothes to the Expo.  Why?  Well, you just might get a bit wet when you paddle the kayak around near the Big O.  There is a brand new guesthouse on the premises for those who travel far from home.  I hope the event planners continue to feature other works of art in the future.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Landscapes of Korea -- A Photography Book by John Steele

John Steele is one of the nicest people anyone can hope to meet anywhere in the world.  In January of 2014, I interviewed him about his photography.  Take a look at the interview here: John Steele -- The Man with Heart and Soul.  Based in Seoul, he travels the country with his trusted four-legged assistant, Holly.

Recently, John self-published a photography book from that is titled, Landscapes of Korea.  From the bustling metropolis to the quiet rural areas, he shows many of those areas not frequented by tourists.  I like his style.

To preview and purchase the book, visit John's blurb page here.  It is my opinion that considering the quality of his work, the pricing for the photography book is very good.    

The image below shows the photographs used for the book covers.

Landscapes of Korea
© John Steele

Congratulations to John Steele.  I look forward to seeing his photography for many years to come.