Sun Koo Yuh: New Sculpture,
The Nancy Margolis gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, "Sun Koo Yuh: New Sculpture," opening Thursday, February 1 through March 3, 2007. This is Yuh's first solo exhibition in New York at the Nancy Margolis Gallery.
Sun Koo Yuh's multi-layered, towering sculptures, some more than 12' high, speak to the human condition in all its dimensions. Filled with chaotic figures and objects, distorted, and exaggerated, these sculptures share a commonality with German Expressionism of the 1920s, for, like these artists, Yuh reinforces the mood and intensity of feeling through caricature rather than through the presentation of objective reality. The colors, blues, greens, yellows and blacks, and the method of glazing impact the form and the mood. It is rare for sculpture of this scale to be made of porcelain, a material that is unforgiving, and difficult, and Yuh has distinguished himself as a skilled master of the medium.
For Yuh, the creative process begins first with ink and brush drawings. When he is satisfied that he has found the direction for the sculpture, he starts the construction, which may take several months to complete. These drawings are an important link to the sculpture, and to Yuh, therefore a selection of the drawings that relate directly to the sculpture will be included in the exhibition.
Raised and educated in Korea, Yuh obtained his B.F.A. from Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea and later received his M.F.A from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, New York. Yuh was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and the University of Georgia Faculty Research Grant in 2005 and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA and the Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC,
Sun Koo Yuh's work is in permanent collections at The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian, the Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, The Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as many public and private collections in the United States and Asia.
Please feel free to contact the gallery if you have any questions or wish to receive more information on the artist. All work from "Sun Koo Yuh: New Sculpture" may be viewed on the gallery website, www.nancymargolisgallery.com.
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