This exhibition was arranged to bring us all positive change in our lives and to share culture. It features ceramic crafts and aspires to ‘recover’ some modicum of spiritual health in everyday life, relationships, communication, culture, and work….something which we truly need in the New Normal Era.
We are challenged by changes, big and small, in diet and consumption due to physical distance and space, as well as psychological space. In light of the wrenching change that is occurring in every respect in our space, this exhibition about food culture together with ceramics is an opportunity for us to practice greater happiness in everyday living and to enjoy ceramic crafts, specifically as they relate to ‘space’ and ‘distance.’ This special exhibition in Yeoju divides the exhibition space into six parts under six keywords to tell stories about tableware and food culture in specific spaces or under social distancing rules. The exhibition shows works by artists who participated in the Gyeonggi Ceramics Online Fair, and these works will invite the audience to share time while talking about ways to enjoy the happiness of using crafts in everyday living.
In hopes that this exhibition will help the audience see ceramic crafts as something alive in their everyday living, rather than something merely to be admired as works of art, we have arranged this exhibition to bring an art exhibition and a crafts fair together. We selected artists from among those who participated in the Gyeonggi Ceramics Online Fair 2020-2021 and made this exhibition a place where the values of crafts are upheld by allowing the visitors to see, touch, and use works of art in an environment that is much like their own in everyday living. The visitors will have an opportunity to take a closer look not only at products sold online but at artworks representing the artists and to buy them at Smart Store.
As visitors make their way through the galleries, they can see a wide variety of tableware and tea utensils, spoon rests, and cutlery designed by young artists, as well as artworks by artists who have worked with the greatest skill for decades. Two sections - Familiar+Drinking Culture and ‘Sharing+Dreaming Travelling’ – present characteristic spaces that the Yeoju Museum team created in collaboration with Ogindasil Tea House, which conducts research into and promotes Korean tea culture, and Crafts Jangsaengho, a crafts company that practices crafts culture in everyday living.
This exhibition sheds light on artworks and commodities and will allow you to take a closer look at ceramic crafts, which have become a part of everyday life. We hope that the KICB 2021 theme of ‘Re:Start’ will blossom in your everyday living as you live with crafts after the COVID-19 pandemic.