Seogyo Art Space in Hongdae played host to Mayfly VII, an amibitious exhibition featuring 25 artists in the stout, but wide-running city-funded space.
Seogyo Art Space, or Seoul Art Space Seogyo, is one of the last few genuine art spaces left in what is presently an almost entirely gentrified Hongdae. The gallery, art space and studios host everything from international AIR, experimental music shows, DIY subcultural art markets, exhibitions and is the locus of monthly grants awarded to local artists and curators. I personally met the sunny Miss Baik (Mayfly and CM curator) at a night for grant prosposal presentations. The specific offerings that night opened up a dialogue about ethics, art theory, and what it meant to be a contemporary artist and/or curator in Seoul. Soyoung, director of our MONSTER in Mullae and also incredibly dedicated and focused on the arts community, is one of the jurors for the grant committee and introduced us that night.
We returned to Seogyo for Miss Baik’s most recent Mayfly, and frankly it was unfortunate that the exhibition was only up for one night. The space, while having a seemingly low ceiling in the underground space, is wide with a singular column at its center (that served as a boundary and shelter for some of the small sculptural pieces.) Despite featuring some incredibly large-scale paintings and installations, this work did not eclipse the smaller and more intimate pieces permeating the walls.
The robust roster of artists (some Mayfly regulars and some newcomers) all gave short orations about their work and themselves as artists, after which we enjoyed a brief performance piece by 임효주 that only increased the level of engagement between not only interaction with her piece but also the viewers and all of the art.
The works themselves were very diverse in nature, as is expected of Mayfly, ranging from interactive sculpture and installations, to neo-traditional work, and they seemingly herald in a firmer conviction of Miss Baik’s ideas and an exceptional artistic and curatorial direction.
Despite my inherent bias ;) I’m personally beyond ecstatic to see what the future holds for Mayfly. Be sure join in on the excitement and anticipation by checking out Mayfly here.