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A transformation of the soul

Sculptor SunKoo Yuh conveys daily life through intense colors and images
Mar 31, 2010
From staff reports

As an artist, SunKoo Yuh has centered his career around the question, "Who am I?"

His work, which will be on display at Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University from April 9 to June 13, captures Yuh's personal exploration of identity through powerful and emotional imagery.

The exhibition "Cultural Order, Natural Chaos, Sculptures and Drawings by SunKoo Yuh" will have its opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 9. Yuh will be present at the exhibit reception. He also will give a lecture at Seigfred Hall at 3 p.m. on April 9 and will hold a workshop in the Seigfred Hall Ceramics Studio from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on April 10. All events are free and open to the public.

Yuh was born in South Korea in 1960. After immigrating to the United States in 1988, he was strongly influenced by both ancient tradition and modern culture. Eastern and western imagery collide on three-dimensional sculptures as Yuh merges his Korean heritage with western influences. Yuh's life work has captured audiences in exhibitions around the world including Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Denmark and Korea. His upcoming exhibition at the Kennedy Museum of Art will highlight his unique ability to communicate life and emotion through artistic expression.

Through his images of daily life and experiences, Yuh's ceramic sculptures have often been classified as narrative art. Recently, however, Yuh has applied new meaning to his work. He expressed that his art is not about individual stories but extensions of his own memory and personal journey. His work, he said, is about transforming images that are within him -- he intuitively draws using a brush and ink and creates three-dimensional sculptures from those drawings. Whether in search of broad meanings or a deeper awareness of his own existence, Yuh uses these ceramic pieces to represent the conscious or unconscious concerns he has about life. He has not only developed new significance to his work, but his purpose for creating his art has changed. His focus now remains entirely on emotion and the opportunity to share that powerful sensation with his viewers.

Kennedy Museum of Art gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m., Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Parking and admission are free. Please call 740-593-1304 or visit www.ohio.edu/museum for more information.


Published: Mar 31, 2010 10:00 AM

SunKoo Yuh

Sculptor SunKoo Yuh pictured in his studio with some of his work.

Photographer: Adam Gruszynsky 

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