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Barry McGee Unveils First Solo Exhibition in Seoul

On view at Perrotin until September 8.

Perrotin has been active in the Korean capital, having recently announced a second location in Seoul, along with a host of prominent exhibitions to follow. Barry McGee is the latest artist to takeover the space and his penchant for experimentation is put on display in full effect.

McGee is interestingly a student of history, while disregarding much of the norms laid forth in art history. Through his work, you can mine a wealth of typographic styles hovering over an array of mind-bending textures. “If his imagery is from the past, his techniques are from the future,” wrote Lawrence R. Rinder, Director Emeritus of UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) in an essay that carries the same name as the exhibition.

Mapped across the gallery, Everyday Sunrise presents a series of installations, ceramic sculptures and a custom surfboard that encompass McGee’s far-reaching interests. “I’ve always known that going from a wall to canvas was not the right translation for me. Given an entire wall inside, I could work endlessly. Given a single sheet of paper, I would be stuck indefinitely. With a space like this […] I could keep going forever,” said the artist in a statement.

The exhibition opened last week and will be on view at Perrotin until September 8.

For more on art, Erin D. Garcia returns to Tokyo in Super Silhouette.

Perrotin
5 Palpan-gil,
Palpan-dong, Jongno-gu,
Seoul, South Korea

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