Immerse yourself in the large-scale sculptural work and playful shapes of Korean-New Zealand artist Seung Yul Oh, described by the Guardian UK as ‘One of the rising stars of the Asian art market’.
While Oh’s interactive inflatables may be the highlight for younger audiences, MOAMOA also features video, painting and performance. His Oddooki, commissioned by Te Papa in 2009, is described as ‘a playful collection of egg-shaped birds that rock and chime’. MOAMOA, Korean for ‘gather gather’ or ‘gather together’, is an exhibition strongly shaped by the nature of Oh’s practice, especially its persistent sense of rejuvenation in which nothing is allowed to simply sit still or be quiet.
Born in Seoul in 1981, Seung Yul Oh gained a Master of Fine Arts from Elam in 2005. He achieved early attention with an exhibition in which he deep fried all his paintings. An on-going performance/video work, The Ability To Blow Themselves Up, captures participants blowing up balloons until the point of explosion. The public got to take part in this project at our June Tuatara Open Late, check out the photographs from the evening.
In 2011, Seung Yul Oh was the second recipient of the Harriet Friedlander Residency to live and work in New York. Oh currently divides his time between Auckland and Seoul.
MOAMOA is the first survey exhibition of his work and is a joint project between Dunedin Public Art Gallery and City Gallery Wellington. MOAMOA, A Decade at City Gallery is part of the Matariki Wellington Festival.
Pick a copy of our family guide to lead you around the exhibition with some handy tips and insights.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Canvasland:
- See more images of Oh's work on the Starkwhite website
- Mark Tantrum's images of installing 'Huggong'
- Read a biography on the Arts Foundation website
- City Gallery Media Release
- Watch 'The Ability to Blow Themselves Up'
- Event - Artist & Curator Talk Seung Yul Oh
- Event - Tuatara Open Late: Seung Yul Oh, Golden Axe, Hue & Cry
- Enter our Instagram competition and winner dinner at Monsoon Poon
- Check out the social pics from the opening on 30 May
- On the blog - MOAMOA has inspired poetry from Te Aro School's Year 3 students
- Event - July Tutara Open Late: Art Night for Matariki
- Footnote NZ Dance perform in the exhibition - 27 & 28 July