Shin-il Kim, "Temporal Continuum: Intuitively Know Elan Vital Operate Emptiness," 2010.
Shin-il Kim, "Temporal Continuum: Intuitively Know Elan Vital Operate Emptiness," 2010.

Korean artists keep it real at the CU Art Museum

Where is art happening? Many of the most contemporary trends are coming from urban Asia -- Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul -- where technology wraps itself around ancient aesthetics with bold results. There are plenty of Korean artists riding that wave, and eight of them are featured in Keeping It Real: Korean Artists in the Age of Multimedia Representation, a stunning exploration of the East-West cultural explosion that opened last night at the CU Art Museum in Boulder.

Come with your eyes wide open, but bring your shades, too: You might must need them. And if you want to go deeper into the modern mindset of Korean artists, plan to attend tomorrow's symposium from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., which includes talks by several of the individuals featured in this show.

The exhibit will remain on display through May 12; one of the artists, Sun K. Kwak, will create a site-specific installation for the show. Admission is free, though a donation of $5 is requested; for more information, visit the museum website or call 303-492-8300.

Here's a quick preview of some pretty mind-blowing work:

Kiwoun Shin, "Approach the Truth -- Astro Boy," 2006.
Kiwoun Shin, "Approach the Truth -- Astro Boy," 2006.

Sun K. Kwak, "Untying Space_Sala Alcala 31," 2007 (Kwak will create a site specific work in Boulder).
Sun K. Kwak, "Untying Space_Sala Alcala 31," 2007 (Kwak will create a site specific work in Boulder).
Hyungkoo Lee, "Felis Catus Animatus & Mus Animatus," 2006-2007 (detail).
Hyungkoo Lee, "Felis Catus Animatus & Mus Animatus," 2006-2007 (detail).
Yeondoo Jung, "Adolescence #8," 2010.
Yeondoo Jung, "Adolescence #8," 2010.

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