"Bojagi and Beyond" coming to Bay Area, works by Barbara Shapiro (June-Sep, San Francisco)
"Bojagi and Beyond," a traveling exhibition curated by Chunghie Lee that celebrates the traditional Korean wrapping cloth, will be coming to the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco this June. Local Bay Area artist Barbara Shapiro will be featured in the show with woven work and also indigo dyed wrapped baskets. www.barbara-shapiro.com
Organized by internationally recognized artist, teacher, and writer, Chunghie Lee, who has studied traditional Korean wrapping cloth extensively, this exhibition is accompanied by a rich public program to include an international symposium, a workshop, a gallery tour, and numerous educational activities.
Bojagi (Bo-Jah-ki) were once used in formal ceremonies and daily activities in Korea. Similar to American patchwork, traditional Bojagi was made from simple pieced cloths or papers, which were elaborately embroidered together. Although this folkloric custom continues in the country, now the craft of Bojagi has had a great influence on contemporary artists from Korea and around the world. Bojagi and Beyond brings together contemporary artists from Korea, and ten other countries that are inspired by this Korean folk art. Unlike the traditional form, contemporary Bojagi varies in medium, size, and functions to create a new meaning that transcends borders. Bojagi and Beyond explores both traditional Bojagi, and its multiple reinterpretations in contemporary art.