Gallery curation + Creative direction
From 2010 to 2012, I co-owned and operated two alternative art spaces in Seoul, South Korea, serving as the primary Curator and Creative Director for both.
The first space, Laughing Tree Gallery, began its life as my personal art studio. During the course of creating a new body of work for exhibition, I decided to transform the small storefront space into a gallery where I could show not just my work, but the work of other emerging expat and Korean artists as well.
My successful solo exhibition in September of 2010 offered a great proof of concept, so a number of other artists began submitting to show there as well.
Not merely a gallery, the tiny little space served as a cultural magnet and became a hub for creatives of all sorts to connect. Artists, writers, designers, performers, makers and thinkers from all around Korea came out of the woodwork and began gathering at Laughing Tree Gallery.
Our stated mission was displayed prominently beside the door: Create. Collaborate. Reimagine, Inspire.
We hosted film nights, craft workshops, writers nights and salon gatherings. During our time there, we put on six exhibition opening events and, each time, the crowds grew larger.
The space was only about fifteen by twenty feet, so when neighbors started calling the police to complain about the noise from the hundred-plus people that were showing up and spilling out onto the street, we realized it was time to find a bigger space.
Not long after, a basement unit in an even better location became available that was about five times larger. While my partner and I had handled all of the renovations and operations on the first space, we realized we needed to form a team to pull off this expansion. We partnered with several friends who offered to invest their money, time or talents to bring Laughing Tree LAB to life.
This new space included a stage, so we were now able to include performance art, live music, DJs, theater, spoken word, and comedy in the mix of programming.
In addition to the exhibitions and events, we also made the space available for community rental, and it was used for a photography studio, film location, raw foods workshop classroom, private party location, even as a ballroom for a goth prom!
Performances and Events
Curated at Lauging Tree Gallery
2010 - Urban Excerpts - Adam Lofbomm
2010 - I Could Taste Your Lipstick on The Filter - Vincent Troia exhibition
2011 - Color of Calm - Anya Dennis exhibition
2011 - Un Escargot Vide? (Sautel Cago) with Jeon Jiyoon performance art
2011 - Internal Affairs - Joel Bewley exhibition
2011 - Concrete Experience - w/ Andy St. Louis exhibition
2011 - Charity Collage - Yoona Lim exhibition
Curated at Laughing Tree LAB
2011 - Expat Apartment Project - Anthony Dell’Ario & Elizabeth Groeschen exhibition
2011 - LAB Launch “In Vitro" event/exhibition
2011 - Rorschach Test - Younsoo Kwak exhibition
2011 - ANTI•TLED - Raul Pizzaro exhibition
2011 - Solmundae: Women Create event/exhibition
2011 - AWEH Launch event/exhibition
2011 - Fear Eats the Seoul Grindhouse Edition - Nic Calder film screening
2009 - UNIQUE - Owl Bus - Seoul, Korea
2010 - DRIPAN Art Walk - Haebangchon & Kyungridan Districts - Seoul, Korea
2010 - Psnap Snaps! - STEREO - Seoul, Korea
2011- Korea International Arts Festival 2011 w/ KoPAS - Seoul, Korea
2011 - Nudes Trilogy - Myeongdong Gallery - Seoul, Korea
2015 - Mirror, Mirror w/ ANKR (Artists Network Korea) - Gallery M - Seoul, Korea
2017 - Aspects of the Whole - Studio Oh! - Chicago, USA