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Markus Lüpertz | Almine Rech Gallery Burssels

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Markus Lüpertz

Is one of the main figures of post World War II art landscape as well as a neo-expressionist. 

The second World War is visible in his works but this is not all that defines his works, there is more than meets the eye. This is what he hopes that as an admirer or a critic take away from his art pieces, his opinion or what he painted doesn't really matter. he wants you as an audience to enjoy his artworks based on your story and your experiences. The story he thought of while he painted is just one of the many valid interpretations.

Long story short, what follows will be totally personal and subjective, as the artist intended. ;)

First Room

*All the photos are credited to Almine Rech Gallery

this room I stapled as the "the dark gray city".
And I envisioned two different for this name.

In the First story,
I watch through my eyes as a kid and here it's quite literal.
In the city, gray speaks for itself everything is gray here. Still, I cannot shake a feeling of darkness, these cities they have something bleak and scary over them. Everything is too big and crowded, I don't like it here too many unknowns.

Nowadays I have found the color and life in a city (I live in a city myself and love the excitement). But I will always remember that initial feeling.

The second story is more metaphorical,
These dark gray cities I see in his painting represent industrialization, capitalism, and individualism and how to find yourself among this oasis of gray. As a 21year-old girl, the paintings looked like the harsh parts of reality I have to cope with today.

Second Room ( a change of tone. A lighter tone?)

*All the photos are credited to Almine Rech Gallery

As soon as I walked down to the second room, I immediately noticed that the artist's style really changed. In this room, I saw brighter colors and mythological stories too. 

All of these paintings and sculptures reminded me of the time when I first started painting. I was depressed and I cried every night. I needed an outlet for these feelings. I found this outlet in the form of painting abstract images on a canvas. While I tried to hide my true emotions in real life these painting reflected the truth even though they where bright and colourfull the deeper meaning shone trough. My close friends saw my moods in these paintings and they felt what I couldn't explain with words. This is why I think I feel darkness behind the light in these paintings.

Third Room

*All the photos are credited to Almine Rech Gallery

In the third room, I saw a lot of combat helmets and skeletons in the paintings. I felt lonely and cold when I saw them. I couldn't feel anything but loneliness.

I applied to launch my emoticons on Kakaotalk! | Serene Graphic Design

Monday, October 23, 2017
Hello guys! I am happy to announce that I submitted my emoticons to the Korean popular chatting app, "Kakaotalk"! Now I am waiting for the result of an evaluation which takes about 2 weeks. I really hope my emoticons will get accepted by the Kakaotalk Emoticon Studio and I can see my friends and families using my emoticons. These would make me cry out of joy!!

It took me forever to finish the project although I only made 24 emoticons. First of all, it was difficult to make a 'cute character'. I mean, it really made me realize that all the animators, cartoonists, and everybody who works makes adorable characters are really talented. Second of all, I went through a couple of moves, holidays,... Anyways! I forgot about this project for 3months. At the start of this project, I wanted to make them as 'iMessage stickers' (*I will make an English version too.). But for this, I had to learn how to work with Xcode. So that kind of stopped my project in its tracks too. 😅  So for now, I tried my luck on the Kakaotalk Emoticon Studio which is much easier to develop for and has a larger number of emoticon users since Koreans love their emoticons! hehe. So, here you go, I am introducing my emoticons to you. I hope they look 'cute enough' for you! haha

This series in English would be 'A day of Onigiri' on the AppStore. However, in Korean, I named it '표정 부자 삼김이니' which could be translated as 'Are you the Sam-Kim in different moods?'. Sam-Kim is an abbreviation of 'samgak kimbap' (삼각김밥; onigiri). I put some buzz words such as '표정 부자'  ( literally means a man rich of facial expressions) and '-이니' which is an ending of a word that implies a question in a sentence but needs a question mark with it. But by not putting a question mark at the end of the word, I made it look like one word and it makes the word funnier. (Don't worry, it's a Korean thing. It's okay not to understand this!)

I based these emoticons on my daily life. I thought about 'what I often say when I talk to my friends' and 'what kind of emoticons or emojis I've always wanted to find'. 

I only put 12 of 24 emoticons here for the blog post. But! I will put other 12 if I get a result from Kakaotalk emoticon studio. Wish me a luck!

Lastly, I would absolutely like to have some feedback or ideas from you. So let me know if you have an idea for my next project.

Thank you! 

Frédérick Haas | Flagey | Harpsichord

Sunday, October 22, 2017
photo credit -

I had never seen a harpsichord in real life. 

The harpsichord was an instrument in Europe in 16th and 17th centuries. Due to the appearance of the piano, now it's difficult to find the harpsichord in our daily life. However, at least for me, the sound of harpsichord was so familiar because there were some of Bach's songs recorded with the harpsichord. Plus, it also sounded like the instrument you would hear when you watch a Renaissance-themed movie. To give you an idea, the harpsichord has a similar sound to the organ does, but it's softer. You can check out this link to listen to a Sonata played with a harpsichord.

photo credit -

Frédérick Haas

He is a Belgian harpsichordist and also a professor of harpsichord at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels. His life has been always with the harpsichord from the age of 12. 

As the harpsichord was an instrument of the Baroque period, Frédérick Haas played 2 representable composers and harpsichord players of the Baroque period - Johann Sebastian Bach & Domenico Scarlatti. These composers were born in the same year (1685), but their styles of composing were very different. I could clearly distinguish which was Bach's and which was Scarlatti's. Bach's music was melodious and monotonous. On the other hand, Scarlatti's music was more various, bouncy and bubbly. At this concert, the performance by Frédérick Haas of Scarlatti was by far my favorite. You can check out what he played at the concert and find them online to listen to.

Prélude et fugue en ut majeur / Prelude en Fuga in C, BWV 870
Prélude et fugue en la majeur / Prelude en Fuga in A, BWV 888
Prélude et fugue en la mineur / Prelude en Fuga in a, BWV 889
de / uit Sonate en la mineur / in a, K 148 : Andante
de / uit Sonate en la mineur / in a, K 149 : Allegro
Prélude et fugue en fa majeur/ Prelude en Fuga in F, BWV 880
de / uit Sonate en ut mineur / in c , K 115 : Allegro
Prélude et fugue en sol dièse mineur / Prelude en Fuga in gis, BWV 887
Prélude et fugue en ré majeur/ Prelude en Fuga in D, BWV 874
de / uit Sonate en ré mineur / in d, K 120 : Allegrissimo

@ Flagey Studio 1

Speaking of the venue, Flagey Studio 1, I was a bit disappointed. When the player, Fédérick Haas, came to the stage and started the concert, I noticed the studio was not really suitable for the instrument in my opinion. I was seated at the back of the small studio where fits 156 seats and I found that the sound didn't really resonate well in the studio. To be honest, it felt like listening to some music with my earphones but at a much lower volume than normal. The play itself was amazing but I was a bit disappointed in this area. Nevertheless, the harpsichord intrigued me to discover more about this mostly forgotten instrument. I hope next time they would remember a more suitable location. So I can enjoy to the fullest.

Finding a meaning of Contemporary Art | Bruno V. Roels | Gallery 51

Friday, October 20, 2017

Gallery Fifty-One


by Bruno V. Roels

" Bruno is an image detector. But he’s also a thinker, a questioner."
- in the article of 'The Eye of Photography'

When I visited Gallery Fifty-One for the exhibition of Bruno V. Roels, I noticed that his images were actually a language of his. It was so fun for me to read the illusionary stories he made for each image and each frame. He delivered the stories by repeating same (but different) images in a frame or drawing extra elements - such as dots and lines. 

Why are the images same but different? He uses gelatin silver print. With this analog photographic technique, he modifies the images when they are printed. He often changes tones or erases elements of the images in a subtle yet distinctive way. He expects to see uniquely printed images and place them in a frame as you can see on the pictures right below. 

Then how does he add extra elements on the images? Depending what he wants to talk about through an image, he adds dots, lines, etc. For instance, the first image you see right below of this phrase was a picture of palm trees. However, by drawing 3 lines which now looks like a pyramid for us and adding some water drops on the picture, this image became a totally different art piece. It is not a picture of ordinary palm trees anymore. Most importantly, it now tells the illusionary story. 


The norm became a distinctive feature of his images. Therefore, we are not staring at one object in each image but we see an entire story of the individual image. From this exhibition, I reflected on how I have understood contemporary arts. 

The exhibition was very short but I am still dwelling on his artistic values. 

If you are planning to go to the exhibition of Bruno V. Roels, I recommend you to go to an exhibition of one of his inspirations too. It is situated right next door of Gallery Fifty One. The gallery is called  'Gallery Fifty One Too' and they are exposing great work of Masao Yamamoto. Both of the exhibitions are available to visit until 4th of November 2017. It will be fun if you compare two artists' techniques and styles. Besides, you can also think about how Yamamoto influenced Roels in the photographic and artistic way.


Zirkstraat 20
2000 Antwerp-Belgium
T: +32(0)3 289 84 58
F: +32(0)3 289 84 59

Opening hours: Tuesday until Saturday from 1-6 pm and by appointment


Living Stone Art | Art in Antwerp

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Living Stone Art

Mechelsesteenweg 9, 2018 Antwerp
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 11h - 18h.

21, 22 Oct. 2017.14h - 19h

Apparently there will be an event on this Saturday and Sunday to appreciate new artworks from Nele Jacobs in the store. It will be a good experience for you if you would like to see her artworks or you are interested in sculptures. 


Today, I visited an art gallery where I always passed by when I walked to the city centre.
Also, since I was the only customer at that time, I had a chance to talk to an owner of this gallery, Cathy. 

As the name says, there were lots of sculptures and hard-material art pieces.

In this gallery, you would find many of this type of framed artworks. Those are all created by Nele Jacobs who is a Belgian artist. According Cathy, the artist has been working with this gallery for long so, she often makes artworks only for this gallery. 

It was a shame that I couldn't capture the art pieces well due to the light.

I also liked the sculptures of animals. They were so well-made and beautiful. Apparently, every sculpture is all handmade by its artist.

There were also 'REAL' animals - stuffed birds and framed butterflies.
I know some people think having a stuffed animal is a bit creepy considering it's technically a dead animal. But for me, they all looked so beautiful, no matter what. 

They also had a wine section. All the bottles wore beautiful labels which were designed by artists.
The wine bottles themselves were such an art there!

I moved to Belgium

Sunday, August 20, 2017
As the title says, I moved to Belgium. For now, I am living in a house of my boyfriend's mom since I arrived at the end of June. I went to France with his mom's family and his dad's family for 2 weeks each from 19th of July and I came back to Belgium as of August 19th. So, here now, I am going to tell you how I ended up moving to Belgium.

My Belgian Boyfriend

I know you might be surprised that I met a Belgian guy in Canada (Montreal) and also might think that I am crazy that I decided to move to Belgium only after 6months or so of the relationship. But yes, I did this. It is definitely a lie if I say I chose to live in Belgium only without any influence by my boyfriend. He absolutely affected to decide my next destination. 

However, this was not the only reason why I could leave Montreal.

I knew that I couldn't go there only for him and I would need a reason to go there. Honestly, this topic, 'Should Serene go to Belgium?' was the biggest arguments we had so far. Since I also didn't want to go to another foreign country with no reason/purpose, I started to figure out what I would do in Belgium. I was discreetly searching for jobs in Belgium, universities in Belgium, and googling Belgian weather, living expenses in Belgium and so on. My original plan in Montreal was going to a university after getting a permanent residency there. But considering it might take at least 1 year and a half, going to a university in Belgium seemed very reasonable for my time and money. 


So, I am going to VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and am going to study a bachelor program of Social Science (communication).  I applied for the program at the last-minute and got accepted! 😆
Speaking of my parents who also supports my financial situation, they were happy that I am finally going back to study and that the tuition fee wasn't that expensive. Of course, I will have to work for my living expenses but I am very thankful that my parents are supportive of my study and my move to Belgium. 


I am preparing to get my student visa here in Belgium. (Because of my nationality, I could stay in Schengen countries for 90days) Actually, it is complicated than I anticipated. I am now waiting for all my documents that were issued in South Korea and Canada to come to Belgium. So, I can submit my visa application as soon as I get the documents. I am crossing my fingers to this. haha

Toronto Trip Advise | Serene Life

Thursday, May 11, 2017

This was my second trip to Toronto.

  On my first trip which was in October 2015, I only went to malls, city halls, Art gallery of Ontario, and Toronto Island. The only thing I liked was Toronto Island. So I posted about Toronto Island only. (Click To See) My problem with the first trip was mainly that I did not search or look up for any attractions. I literally had no idea what to see. Well, It is more correct to say that I went there to see my friends and eat some Korean foods. lol 

 Actually, I am not the one who reads a guidebook before I head to the place. I usually decide to go on a trip inspired by some travel bloggers' posts, amazing photos on social media, or my friends' experiences. Luckily, now I have a good boyfriend who is passionate to travel. Since I started to traveling with him, I'd always see more than I could ever see if I traveled alone. That is also why I could write about my travel in a more organized and informative way. I'm always grateful that he's in my life. ☺️ 

(*Food tips would be proper? haha)

1. University of Toronto

Frankly, I never thought the university would be this beautiful!

I didn't have a high expectation on the university but this place was absolutely an attraction in Toronto. Especially if you are crazy about architecture, antique furniture, and line. When I went there, there were wedding ceremonies going on and I also saw a couple taking photographs for their wedding. I mean, I am not the only one who thinks the place as beautiful. 😌

2. Kensington Market.

You can find anything here! Anything from everywhere!
* Kensington Market is very close to the University of Toronto so, you can walk down from the university.*

- Mare Pizzeria

First, I had a slice of Pizza at Mare Pizzeria where one of my friends used to work.
The pizza was good and cheap! 🤑 I guess it would be good for a quick lunch or a hangover food.

- Wafels & More

Again, my boyfriend is Belgian yet I haven't tried any good waffles, we had to visit this place where you can find 100% authentic Belgian waffles. According to him who already tried the waffle last year when the store was just open, the Liege waffle is very authentic. My opinion? Yes! it is DELICIOUS! I found that the batter was very different. For the Liege waffle, it was more like a dough, not a batter. Also, it was a bit gooey, not bready. 

personally, the waffle was delicious but the ice cream was okay...😅

there are seats inside and outside

3. Other Restaurants.

-Lazy Daisy's Cafe

If you are around this district and plant based eater, this is the cafe you should go!

This is not a vegan place but you will still feel comfortable.

Because there are lots of vegetarian bakes and dishes. Otherwise, you can ask for customizing. Although they use free range eggs, I don't like to eat eggs. So, I didn't put any egg in my biscuit but I put more avocados. 🥑

Carrot muffin with coconut cream!


Such a cool place to enjoy a Thai food!

Pad thai
The most thing I liked about this place was that you can make almost every dish vegan!! Yas!!!! (I know how it feels like when you go to a cool place but there is no vegan option... and not even a vegetarian option...) hehe, so no worries! This place is safe, vegetarians! 😉

4. The Distillery District.

I love this area so much! It quite looked like Old Montreal but a bit different.

You can just walk around boutiques around here or eat.

I recommend you to try chocolate at SOMA.

I ate a lot of chocolate and ice cream here. In my very honest opinion, I liked the pistachio chocolate and Vietnamese coffee chocolate. Other things were just all right. I didn't really enjoy their ice cream. Anyway chocolate always makes us happy right? hehe

So, these are pretty much it about my Toronto Trip! I hope you all enjoyed my blog post.


Ps. This time, I stayed in my boyfriend's friend's, took an Amigo Express when I went to Toronto and took a Megabus when I came back to Montreal. 

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