Form and Displacement

October 13 - 30, 2000

Gallery Korea at the Korean Cultural Center New York
(460 Park Ave. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022)

Woo Song Bang
Claudia Cannizzaro 
Joel Fisher 
Si Yeon Kim 
Hyung-Sub Shin 

Gallery Korea will present Form and Displacement, an exhibition of new sculpture by an international group of artists. In addition to four artists who are part of an extensive group of emerging artists in New York, the exhibition will feature bronze and plaster sculpture by Joel Fisher, who has returned to New York after several years teaching at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. 

Woo Song Bang will install a collection of identical glass jars containing specimen-like clusters of peanuts. Entitled Insect Cabinet, the work is both a serial sculpture and an eccentric vitrine. Si Yeon Kim uses transparency and reflection in an installation that mimics architectural features. She reproduces the shapes of a door and window with a reflective surface that also relates to the interior of an adjacent box in which space appears to be compressed. The amplitude of the cosmos is concentrated inside Claudia Cannizzaro’s white boxes of different shapes and sizes that have openings that suggest doors and windows. Threads connecting the walls and ceiling traverse the space inside each box and are arranged according to imaginary constellations that are formed in a network of crossing lines drawn on the walls. Joel Fisher will exhibit a large bronze sculpture that has an assortment of biomorphic and anthropomorphic characteristics. The bulbous form has a deep brown patina except for a small protruding rod that seems to emerge against the floor and has the disquieting appearance of being rubbed to a shiny golden color. In another work, Portrait, a distorted head is based on a line drawing that was produced in successive stages by different people trying to replicate the previous person’s drawing by memory. Hyung-Sub Shin incorporates found objects in sculptures that give new life to discarded and familiar things. He has created fantastic insects with the perforated steel sides of a vegetable steamer and restored the sound of an old record player with a plastic soda bottle.

The work in this exhibition reflects the different ways sculptors are enthusiastically renegotiating recognizable forms and discovering new meanings with both traditional and unconventional materials.

Miro Yoon