The International Competition has allowed us to look into the latest trends in contemporary ceramics around the world and has discovered numerous promising new artists the world over. A total of 2,629 entries by 1,470 artists from seventy-four countries were received, among which 97 pieces by 93 artists from twenty-eight countries were selected after the preliminary screening this year. International Competition 2015 will provide a great opportunity to see a wide variety of experimental works by contemporary artists who have been recognized by experts of both at home and abroad.
[Grand Prize] Neil Brownsword, UK
[Gold Prize] Andrew Burton, UK
<Things Fall Apart>
[Silver Prize] Brad Taylor, USA
<Mass, Compressed, Rolled, and Cubed>
[Silver Prize] Jiin Ahn, Korea
<100 water droppers>
[Bronze Prize] Alexandra Engelfriet, Netherlands
[Bronze Prize] Patrick Crulis, France
<Huben Ohne Druben/Here Without There>
[Bronze Prize] Thomas Schmidt&Jeffrey Miller, USA
<Recycled China Series, #1>
[Special Prize] Annouchka Brochet, Russia
<The Last Dream>
[Special Prize] Kosmas Ballis, USA
[Special Prize] Raewyn Atkinson, New Zealland
<Deep Time #29>
The environment of ceramics today is rapidly changing. It is characterized by fusion of media, proliferation of public art, and expansion of genres of contemporary art. Recognizing that now is indeed time for us to ask what ceramics really is and what are its characteristics, the special exhibition Gathering and Diffusion in Icheon intends to seek and suggest the possibilities for contemporary ceramics. Through an exhibit showing the experimentation and challenging spirit of artists from both at home and abroad, this exhibition finds its meaning in extending the inside and outside of ceramic art and establishing a base of ceramics for the future.
The special exhibition in Yeoju features experimental works that combine ceramics in diverse colors based on traditional colorful Korean colors with other genres of culture and art that stimulate the five senses, evoke emotions, and communicate with viewers. Presented at the exhibition are works of diverse genres, media, and ideas from realistic works to abstract works and installations which interpret the meaning of color in many different ways, showing the potential of contemporary ceramics as art in everyday living.
<Resonance of Traditional Color: Traditional East Asian Ceramic Art> a special exhibition held in Gwangju, presents 150 ceramic artworks by 80 ceramists who carry on the legacy of traditional ceramics in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan to look at the tradition and history of exchange in ceramics in East Asia and introduce the current state of traditional ceramics in the three countries. What makes this exhibition all the more meaningful is that curators of the three countries selected works that truly embody the meaning of ‘tradition’ as it is interpreted by each country. The exhibition will enable the viewers to feel the original beauty and art unique to Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, where ceramics has evolved for an extraordinarily long period of time.
Beautiful Korean Ceramics is revived in the Korean International Cearamic Biennale 2015, six years after its 3rd exhibition in 2009. Presented at the exhibition are 44 ceramic artworks by artists who uphold the tradition of Korean ceramics in a way that suits modern times. These works were selected from 291 entries by 218 artists to the competition. The exhibition invites viewers to appreciate the beauty inherent to traditional Korean ceramics and envision the future of traditional Korean ceramics.
[Grand Prize] Moon Byungsik
[The Second Prize] Park Yeontae
<Buncheong Boibung Tea Angle Jar>
[The Third Prize] Kim Haeyoung
<3 Three Tiered Stacking Container with Lid>
[The Third Prize] Kim Hyeryung
[The Third Prize] Kim Yunji
<Flows and Fills>
[Special Selection Prizes] Jung Hunjin
[Special Selection Prizes] Kim Myoungjoon
<Pure Neungsaeng I>
[Special Selection Prizes] Lee Jeongyong
<White Porcelain Bowl with Inlaid Linear Design>
[Special Selection Prizes] Ryu Cheonwook
<White Porcelain Jar with Inlaid Linear Design>
[Special Selection Prizes] Lee Songam