I won't try to pretend that I'm an art enthusiast. I'm not. Sure, I enjoy going to museums and looking at paintings and sculptures and photographs, but I've always been the type of person that is entertained by these types of art rather than moved or inspired by them. I wish I could say that a splatter of paint is enough to make me contemplate the complexities of life, but it isn't. Which is why I was incredibly surprised to find myself deep in thought at the Spell On You
exhibit at the Seoul Museum of Art this past weekend.
bbali, bbali" ("hurry, hurry") country. In fact, back in the day before it was a nation of Samsung and skyscrapers, its residents preferred a simpler, slower paced lifestyle.
I remember when this fact was first brought to my attention last year. I was walking with a Korean friend amongst the trees on Namsan Mountain. The leaves were beginning to change colors and an early autumn wind blew up the trail on which we were walking. We sat down on a traditional wooden gazebo like the ones that are commonly found in parks and outdoor resting places throughout Korea. As I was taking in the scenery, my friend informed me that gazebos like the one we were resting on were originally used by the royal and noble classes of the former dynasties. There, they would recite poetry, drink tea (and alcohol, I'm sure), play music, and dance all the while having a 360 degree view of the environment surrounding them.
Korea wasn't always an incredibly modern, high tech, "