As part of the Sydney Craft Week, Feast of K-Chopsticks explores diverse craft practices on chopsticks from Korea. Spanning relics, artifacts, and handicrafts, this exhibition showcases the culture of chopsticks and a wide variety of artistic chopsticks related to local craftsmanship. 80 artists focus on a range of approaches to complete the aesthetic sensibility with functionality.
For the opening night, there will be a performance by Solwot, traditional percussion team and a demonstration of making chopsticks by artist LEE Joung-kuk, all the way from Cheongju City.
Chopsticks are widely used across East Asia and are commonly used by around 30 percent of the global population. Although the shape of the sticks differs from country to country, one thing remains constant: they are comprised of two identical sticks. The factor that most influences the design of the chopsticks is local cuisine and local cooking traditions. Recent chopsticks designs make you want to hold them. When holding chopsticks of various shades and colours, the hand becomes part of the design. It’s hard to resist the temptation to own such sets of chopsticks. From earthy designs using materials found in nature, to use of eco-friendly non-toxic materials, such as silicon and corn, chopsticks continue to evolve in the present day (Reference: Korean Culture and Information Service. Chopsticks, Designed To Be ‘Held’. KOREA. vol.14, no.02, 2018, pp.34-35.).
This exhibition has been made possible by the Cheongju City and the Cheongju Cultural Industry Foundation, South Korea.
Wednesday 10 October to Friday 9 November 2018
Exhibition opening night on Wednesday 10 October. 6pm-8pm
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