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A Walk into Erik Johansson Gallery. (Aug. 16, 2019)

@Seoul Arts Center 

From June 5 through September 15, 2019, Seoul Arts Center is hosting the Swedish photographer Erik Johansson’s pictures. My cousin got two invitation tickets and I was the lucky one who was invited for the show yesterday on Friday August 16.

I was able to take a day off at work, and made the entire day for a nice vacation, and the show, walking in for the arts gallery was one of the things I haven’t done in a while and was almost forgetting.

Thanks to the holiday of the day before (Independence day on the 15th of August), the Seoul Arts Center was very crowded with the like-minded people who decided to take the subsequent day off. A lot of children came to the show as well as young people like me and my cousin. 

The entrance of the show was decorated with the following picture, you would also find inside the gallery. 

In the gallery, notes on each of Johansson’s work was hung, and with this one they described the photos as bringing life to the imaginations of children.

The picture reminded me of the Harry Potter series and some of the bizarre imaginations were aesthetically cute and pleasing. 

The title: Daybreaker
This picture also shows well the fairy-tale like imaginations that inspired him to create his work. An old man pulling the lever to break the day. 
The title of this was Fishy island (if my  memories are correct)
This was a very cute picture, and literally looked like a fish in an aquarium with an island on his  back(or top of his body)

Pictures were allowed inside the gallery, but they made us use silent mode (such as the live mode in iphone) 

The work showing a man creating his own road as he walk across a prairie. 

Most pictures seemed like they were trying to capture and show something even a little prettier than the reality. Meanwhile reading through the pictures, screening inside the gallery, we took pictures alongside the photos and a few of the photo spots. 

Standing in front of the entrance.
Catching the watching by the back. 
Cover-up was the title for this picture. 
Lifetime. There is not much time left in the picture.

We spent a pleasant afternoon with the touch of arts and imagination ahead of the day. The show was great, and it made me learn a little bit about the Swedish artist Erik Johansson, previously I did not know have heard of his name. It was quite impressive to know that his pictures were indeed pictures with a few touches of computer graphic work, not pictures or creation from nothing. The studio set up and all the preparation for creating one of his pictures seemed like an immense amount of work. 

On a side note, I’d like to introduce a very good spot to come and chill if you have a plan to visit the Seoul Arts Center whether it is for a performance, show or gallery. We went to ttt Coffee right next to Seoul Arts Center right out of Gate #6 of Naebang Stn. 

We had brunch at ttt coffee before we went to the Erik Johansson show  around 12:30. None of us would actually recommend the brunch, given that the taste was rather ordinary and bland, but it was a pretty and cool spot to simply sit for a while and chill. Here are some of the photos from ttt coffee. By the way, ttt stands for, today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, very simple, but not too obvious from the name ‘ttt’. 

This is a breakfast toast you could order for less than 10 USD (9500 KRW)

I am happy to be posting on the Erik Johansson show, and if anyone wants to go see the Erik Johansson pictures in Seoul, please step in before September 15, when the show closes. 


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