By Whit Altizer
Looking to get involved in Korea’s art scene? Here is a great place to start.
In [b]racket’s words from their webpage:
[b]racket Magazine is a collaboration between Jess Hinshaw [editor in chief], Christopher Cote [design editor], Sybille Cavasin [words editor], Lisa Highfill [digital editor], and the artists of Korea. [b]racket started the with the idea that many artists in Korea are active, talented, and not yet established. [b]racket strives to support and showcase these artists by creating a free magazine and distributing it in Daegu, Seoul and Busan. By creating the magazine and distributing it throughout these cities we additionally intend to enrich these communities by informing and sharing artwork with the residents of Korea. [b]racket is free and possible due to the artists who submit, and the advertisers who cover the printing costs. Advertisers in [b]racket are not only supporting their own business’ growth, but the growth of the art community and artists of Korea.
[b]racket Magazine은 편집장Jess Hinshaw, 디자인 편집기Christopher Cote, 단어 편집기Sybille Cavasin, 디지털 편집기Lisa Highfill 과 한국 작가들이 함께만드는 잡지입니다. [b]racket Magazine은 한국에 활동적이고 재능있지만 아직 인정받지 못하고 있는 작가들이 많다는 생각에서부터 출발하여, 그들을 지원하고 세상에 알리기위해 노력하고 있습니다. 대구사회에 잡지를 제작하여 배포함으로써 대구 시민들께 미술작업들을 알리고 함께 나누면서 지역사회를 더욱 더 풍성하게 하고자 합니다. [b]racket Magazine은 작업들을 싣는 작가들과 인쇄비용을 충당해주는 광고주들의 도움으로 무료로 배포됩니다. 광고주들은 그들 자신의 사업뿐 아니라 한국의 작가들과 예술집단의 성장을 함께 지원하는 것입니다.
Jess Hinshaw also happens to be an old friend of mine. He approaches everything with the precision of an artist. [b]racket Magazine has benefitted from his attention to detail and passion for art. Also, he’s found a great team to enhance his vision for the magazine. It’s a labor of love for the 4 of them.
I (Whit) also happen to write a little for them and love the practice of writing about something I know little about. Check out one of my favorite pieces about artist Andy Knowlton.
But connections aside, I’d still be a fan of [b]racket. It’s a beautiful magazine made by expats who are actively trying to build an artist community. That is positive for all of us, artist or not, calling this peninsula home.