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Haverford College
Korean Arts Festival

Next Showing

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Korean Arts Festival: In and With: Contemporary Korean Art

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
October 22 - December 12, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m

Curated by Haverford College Assistant Professor of Printmaking Hee Sook Kim, In and With: Contemporary Korean Art pairs the work of three artists living and working in Korea with that of two Korean nationals currently residing in the United States. In paintings, prints, and mixed-media works, Hee Sook Kim, Juri Kim Oliva, Oh Su Fan, Suh Yong Sun, and Yoo Bong Sang explore how proximity to their cultural heritage and distance from it variously inform their artistic practice.

Artists

Yoo Bong Sang

Yoo Bong Sang

Raised in South Korea, Yoo Bong Sang received his B.F.A. in 1983 and M.F.A. in 1987 from Seoul National University; he has since spent twenty years in France. Today, Yoo is better known as the "nail artist" because of his use of thousands of small nails to create "sculptural planes" and "flat sculptures". The recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2001, he has been featured in numerous one-person expositions throughout Korea and France. He currently holds a residency at the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea.

Hee Sook Kim

Hee Sook Kim

Hee Sook Kim received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Seoul National University, and then came to the United States in her twenties to earn her M.A. from New York University. Kim has received a number of grants and awards, including a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and a Merit Award from the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Employing herbal imagery to convey "nature's spirituality like that found in Taoism," she also uses alternative, American herbal medicines "to explore the cultural exchange between Eastern and Western cultures." Hee Sook Kim's prints and paintings have been exhibited around the world, including the National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul; Art Cosmos Center in Korea; the Taipei City Museum of Art in Taiwan; and Le Centre d'Estudis d'Art Centemporari in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Haverford College in the Fine Arts Department, teaching printmaking.

Oh Su Fan

Oh Su Fan

Oh Su Fan was born in Jinju, South Korea and received his B.F.A from Seoul National University in 1969. His paintings are distinguished by their bold lines and solid background colors that combine Western and Korean influences. Oh's works have been featured in many solo exhibitions in Korea, France, Canada, and Spain, as well as in numerous international group exhibitions. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the Seoul Women's University.

Suh Yong Sun

Suh Yong Sun

Suh Yong Sun was born in Seoul, Korea, where he later received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Seoul National University. Suh started painting in 1979; since then, he explains, he has attempted to represent "an image that is both about personal experience and perception" yet at the same time resonant with "its audience, socially and politically." Suh's work has been featured in a number of international solo and group shows in Korea, Japan, Germany, Australia, the United States, and France.

Juri Kim Oliva

Juri Kim

Juri Kim was born in South Korea and completed her B.F.A. and her M.F.A. at Ewha Women's University in Seoul; later, she received her M.A. and completed her Advanced Professional Study at New York University. Having lived in various cities around the world, she currently resides in Philadelphia. Juri Kim's work has been featured in several solo exhibitions in the United States and Korea and in numerous international group exhibitions. She has been reviewed in Art in America and has work in the Henry Buhl Collection, which was exhibited in the Guggenheim Museum. Additionally, Juri Kim is the recipient of several prestigious grants, including a Gifford Foundation Grant in 2000 and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in 2002.