Woo Jae Gil

Woo Jae Gil’s art museum and studio are inspiring. Stocked full, not only of Woo’s art work from decades of his work, but also things he’s collected. As an alumni of Gwangjudae and having studied under Yang Su-A, you can witness this past and its influences as well as his famed light work.

Woo has been prolific in his art production during the 1990s and his post 2000 work has been sprinkled with art leadership, especially in 2010 with his work on the Digifestia and the Gwangju Biennale.

Woo’s art is certainly not for everyone, introspective and reflective abstracts of light and dark don’t appeal to all. But when contemplating life’s black, white and gray nuances, I think a visit to Woo Jae Gil’s Museum is a supportive artist date for your reflective soul. His works will help you illuminate your ruminations between your material life and your spiritual life. As art critic Oh Gwangju Su said, “Light gets brighter when there is an intense darkness.”

Located next to the Baegopeun-dari on the way up to Jeungshimsa, the studio gallery is situated and open most days from 10am until 4:30 in the winter time. This artist, devoted to mold making to describe the fantastic world of light, was awarded the most popular artist prize at the 1st Gwangju Biennale.

647 Ullim-dong, Donggu
M-TH 10-5pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Free admission
Bus 9, 35, 50, 51, 54, 76 (ullimjung bus stop)

From interviews, catalogs and Gwangju Guidebook.


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