Dansaekhwa or Korean monochrome painting

September 19, 2014 @ KoreaHerald


In the 1960s and 1970s, some Korean artists took on different painting methods. Instead of applying paint to canvas, they pushed thick paint from the back of the canvas, applied paint with a finger, or sprayed water onto the canvas surface.

Kukje Gallery in Seoul brings together the works of key Dansaekhwa artists of the 1970s and 1980s in the exhibition “The Art of Dansaekhwa,” which runs through Oct. 19. Curated by Yoon Jin-seob, art curator and promoter of the term Dansaekhwa in the global art world, the exhibition showcases some 18 monochrome paintings, offering insight into the Korean Dansaekhwa movement and its distinctive style.

Dansaekhwa painting was first promoted overseas in the Japanese art circle in the 1970s, which simultaneously saw the emergence of the Mono-ha art movement. Artist Park Seo-bo said his Dansaekhwa paintings debuted at an exhibition in Japan in 1973, then shown in Korea later.

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Pink & Blue Project – JeongMee Yoon

March 14, 2012 by Michael Zhang @ Petapixel

This project explores the trends in cultural preferences and the differences in the tastes of children (and their parents) from diverse cultures, ethnic groups as well as gender socialization and identity. The work also raises other issues, such as the relationship between gender and consumerism, urbanization, the globalization of consumerism and the new capitalism […]

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Black Day

@ Wikipedia

Black Day (April 14) is a South Korean informal tradition for single people to get together and eat jajangmyeon (noodles with black bean sauce); sometimes a white sauce is mixed for those who did not celebrate White Day.

The idea is that those who did not give or receive gifts on Valentine’s Day (February 14) or White Day (March 14) can get together and eat jajangmyeon, white Korean noodles with black bean sauce, to celebrate their singledom.

White Day

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White Day is a day that is marked in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China on March 14, one month after Valentine’s Day.

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is observed by females who present chocolate gifts (either store-bought or handmade), usually to a male, as an expression of love, courtesy or social obligation. A handmade chocolate is usually preferred by the receiver, because it is a sign that the receiving male is the girl’s “only one”. On White Day, the converse happens: males who received a honmei-choco  “chocolate of love”) or giri-choco “courtesy chocolate”) on Valentine’s Day are expected to return the favor by giving gifts. Traditionally, popular White Day gifts are cookies, jewelery, white chocolate, white lingerie and marshmallows.Sometimes the term sanbai gaeshi, literally, “triple the return”) is used to describe the generally recited rule that the return gift should be two to three times the cost of the Valentine’s gift.

White Day is also observed in South Korea with the men paying back women who have given them chocolate on Valentine’s Day with usually candy instead of chocolate, with an additional later Black Day observed for those sharing singleness.

White Day was first celebrated in 1978 in Japan. It was started by the National Confectionery Industry Association as an “answer day” to Valentine’s Day on the grounds that men should pay back the women who gave them chocolate and other gifts on Valentine’s Day. In 1977, a Fukuoka-based confectionery company, Ishimuramanseido, marketed marshmallows to men on March 14, calling it Marshmallow Day.

Soon thereafter, confectionery companies began marketing white chocolate. Now, men give both white and dark chocolate, as well as other edible and non-edible gifts, such as jewelry or objects of sentimental value, or white clothing like lingerie, to women from whom they received chocolate on Valentine’s Day one month earlier. If the chocolate given to him was Giri choco, the man likewise may not be expressing actual romantic interest, but rather a social obligation.

Bright Colors Struggle to Bloom in South Korea’s Silver-Car Nation

July 7, 2011 by Evan Ramstad @ Online WSJ

Three Dull Hues Adorn Nearly 90% of Autos; Mr. Park’s Pink Coupe Draws Stares

CHANGWON, South Korea—Park Chang-min bought a white sports car two years ago and then had it painted pink.

Pink cars are rare all over the world, but they’re a form of social rebellion in South Korea, where nine out of 10 cars are silver, black or white.

From behind the car’s darkened windows, Mr. Park watches as people stare, point and sometimes take pictures as he drives around this industrial city on the country’s southern coast. He has even found mothers taking pictures of their children in front of his car. “Kids love my car,” Mr. Park says.