A friend of mine had won tickets to see the Shelby House exhibition at the Daelim Museum in Jongno, Seoul. She kindly invited me and another friend to be her guests, as we are all art lovers. So one hot, muggy and humid Sunday in Seoul, I met with my friends and went to check out the exhibit.
The Daelim Museum is one of the 3 modern art and lifestyle museums that are in conjunction with the D Museum (the one I went to last week for the Chanel exhibit) and the D Project Space.
The Daelim Museum focuses more on lifestyle through art and actually started off as a photography museum. The building itself is really cool, with sharp edges and chic modern architecture and bold colours in between the lines. The interior offers wide spaces and the overall curation of the works for the Selby exhibition was colourful and fun. This is one exhibition space that is friendly for the whole family and an experience not to be missed by any art lover.
The Selby House Exhibition
We are met with a ceiling to floor 3 walled room full of snap shots of Selby’s work as we enter. This led us into the exhibition floor with his most popular photographic works. His subjects were of creatives from chefs, fashion designers and various famous artists who work in the field of art and lifestyle.
What I loved about the photography was its richness in colour. Large images and shots of the creators’ private spaces and interiors were shot in high colour and vibrant energy. Various shots of their work spaces and personal spaces really captured the overall atmospheres of these iconic designers and professional behind the scenes. Artists featured were Karl Lagerfeld, Olivier Rusteing and Franca Sozzani.
You can find Selby’s vivid illustrations starting to immerse with his work as you move up onto the next level. As he tells stories through his photography, he starts to add his illustrations into the picture frames that are relative to the subjects.
As you move through the exhibition, Selby’s illustrations start coming to life, as he tells his own story from his youth to present day. Large life size illustrations of cities, places and dreams fill the rooms. The layout of the works are fantastic, full colour and lots of fun with some pictures moving along the scenes.
The jungle room was inspired by a dream, and the 2-D animals and plants in bright colours, make your feel like you are walking through the pages of a children’s book.
In this section entitles “Selby The Neighbour”, we get a glimpse of the artist’s bedroom, work space and home life. The bedroom is reminiscent of his childhood, a major factor and inspiration for his works. Like all his subjects, we also get to see Selby’s own work space re-built in the exhibit.
Go see it
It was my first time experiencing such a personal exhibition. It was interesting to see how his own personal processes and inspirations come through his work. We first see his major works , then how he creates his stories and their origins. His work always focuses on the behind-the scenes and inspiration of the artists he portrays. Selby’s House takes a look into mind the photographer instead.
Art lovers du jour
The exhibition runs until 29 October 2017
Address: 21, Jahamun-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Here is a short video on the exhibition highlights at Daelim.