New York City parallels Seoul in the preconception of having the most cultural capital and for being known as culturally vivid places to experience the avant-garde. That idea, about both cities, implies an intellectual vacuum about the entirety of the areas outside them. This concept is simply false and incredibly damaging to all contributors of the arts (literary, musical, and visual.)
Bracket Magazine, based in Daegu, is an organization attempting not only to rectify that falsehood but also serves as an open forum to champion all artists in Korea, despite where they hail from. While art cannot be created in a vacuum (in isolation from the artist’s surroundings and lived experiences,) proximity to bustling urban cultural centers are by no means a prerequisite to making art. Bracket Magazine showcases the best and brightest based on their quality of work and not the quality of their curriculum vitae or social pedigree. The magazine exhibits foreign and domestic artists, owing to the diversity of their staff.
While originally founded by foreigners, the group appeals and reaches out to all artists from all walks of life, and it is the grassroots nature of the organization that is most appealing and most socially contributing to the Korean cultural artistic lexicon.
Despite the coming and going of many of its staff, Bracket Magazine has been revitalized through fresh funding and the continued devotion of its volunteers, its artists, and its advertisers and will continue to be a refreshing and enriching source for both artists and art-lovers alike.
To celebrate its continued victory, Bracket Magazine hosted an exhibition showcasing the diversity and humble artistic dialogue that has made it such cultural force to this day. The show featured 28 artists with a perfectly symmetrical split between the numbers of Korean and foreign artists and the exhibition was spread between three separate galleries.
. The distribution of the work between different spaces encouraged viewers to explore and interact with the vibrant local arts community and was a pleasant change from the pace of strictly white walls galleries. The atmosphere was welcoming and the art was truly outstanding.
To find out more about this publication, and the amazing human beings who run it, be sure to check out their website (click the catepillar) and don’t forget to read through their archive of issues to see all the art you may have missed at the exhibition.