Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BLIND KOREAN ARTIST MAKES CONTINENTAL DEBUT @ AVAM IN POP-UP BALLOON INSTALLATION

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HongSeok Goh, blind artist, stands next to his sculpture made of balloons

The Great Mystery Show

Pop-Up Balloon Installation by Special Visiting South Korean, Blind Artist
HongSeok Goh, Master Balloon Artist in his Continental U.S. Debut

WHEN: Thanksgiving Week 2017; Sunday, November 19 – Friday, November 24, 2017 Work in Progress; On View through December 2017
WHERE:
American Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore

South Korean artist HongSeok Goh began losing his eyesight at the young age of 19. But before going blind, he began twisting balloons. Largely self-taught, this master balloon artist has exhibited around the Asia Pacific region, bringing joy wherever his sculptures appear. Now, he visits AVAM the week of Thanksgiving 2017 under the generous auspices of the South Korean government. Inspired by the museum's current mega exhibition, The Great Mystery Show, Goh will build a wholly original balloon sculpture at AVAM that will be on public view through December 2017 in the museum’s Dame Anita Roddick Tall Sculpture Barn. This will be Goh’s first installation in the continental US. He will be accompanied by a translator.

“Our AVAM focuses on self-taught, intuitive artists who work in unique mediums and make art that speaks directly to people’s hearts,” says Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum. “Goh’s work is a grand-scale visual feast to delight and surprise people of all ages. I can't wait for him to meet our beloved friends and neighbors from the National Federation of The Blind, and of course, his presence enables us to sound an especially warm welcome to the area's beautiful Korean American community."


ADDITIONAL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY PROGRAMS:

Bazaart Holiday Art Market
WHEN: Friday, November 24, 12pm–6pm & Saturday, November 25, 10am–6pm.
ADMISSION
: Free.

Browse original creations by regional artists and craftspeople offering painting, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, and other work that simply defies categorization!

Weekend Walk-In: Bot Shop
WHEN: Saturday, November 25, 1pm–4pm.
ADMISSION:
$5 plus museum admission.
Bring new life to recycled and found objects and create a reclaimed robot!

ABOUT AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM is America’s official national museum and education center for original, self-taught, intuitive artistry. Since its opening in 1995, the museum has sought to promote compassion and the recognition of intuitive, self-reliant, creative contribution in all fields as both an important historic and essential living piece of treasured human legacy. The one-of-a-kind American Visionary Art Museum is located at 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, in the city's Inner Harbor area. Three renovated historic industrial buildings house wonders created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, retired folk, the disabled, the homeless, as well as the occasional neurosurgeon—all inspired by the fire within. From carved roots to embroidered rags, tattoos to toothpicks, the visionary transforms dreams, loss, hopes, and ideals into powerful works of art and thought. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–6pm. Admission prices, directions, and more handy info can be found at http://avam.org.