“A Different Similarity,” 2010. Exhibition view at Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul. Courtesy Alternative Space LOOP
Established in 1999 in Sang-Su Dong, followed by a move to a basement space in Seokyo-dong, Alternative Space LOOP is about to enter a new chapter of its history. It plans to expand size-wise; however, its initial commitment to introducing alternative methods and projects to the Korean art scene remains the same. LOOP will stick to its foremost responsibility of defining alternative Asian art and culture by confronting Western-oriented globalization. In addition, it plans to set up a new platform for the Asian contemporary art industry, and to promote an art market that is dynamic yet upright. LOOP objects to ideas that are alternative for the sake of being alternative. With a clear vision and mission, it will become a truly alternative space that challenges mainstream art institutions. In order to encourage artists to produce more and better quality works, and to define identities for Asian contemporary art, LOOP will continue the following activities: searching for young emerging artists, promoting connections between the visual arts and other genres, establishing international networks of alternative spaces, and supporting creative activities and better environments for exhibition.