Call for Artists 2019 - Beyond Boundaries

May 22nd, 2019 - June 21st, 2019
Opening: May 22nd, 6 PM - 8 PM

Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Center New York
460 Park Ave., 6th Fl., NYC

Gallery Hours: 9 AM - 5 PM, Mon-Fri


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Organized by Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Center New York

Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Center New York is pleased to announce Beyond Boundaries - the first Call for Artists 2019 group exhibition of this year that showcases works by nine talented artists: Jihyun Hong, Nayoung Jeong, Jong Sook Kang, Bonam Kim, Gene Kim, Kieun Kim, Genevieve Quick, Jaime Sunwoo, and Jeongwon Yoon.

Call for Artists is a highly competitive program hosted by the Korean Cultural Center New York every year, and each artist is carefully selected by a group of internationally renowned curators and critics active in New York. For the 11th Call for Artists this year, Catherine J. Morris, Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, participated as a jury. For 12 years as an independent curator, Catherine J. Morris has organized several award-winning projects at major art museums and organizations on social and political issues, including exhibitions of feminist art. The panel also includes Hee Sung Cho, Curator at Korean Cultural Center New York, Kyunghee Pyun, Assistant Professor of Art History at Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), and Brooke Singer, Associate Professor of New Media at Purchase College (SUNY).

Beyond Boundaries presents works of the selected artists whose practices range across diverse mediums and go beyond traditional artistic boundaries. This group show of 9 artists introduces a large number of experimental works of different genres, including installation, painting, illustration, video, and sculpture. Curator Hee Sung Cho at the Korean Cultural Center New York remarked, “As artists who view the world through a delicate and sensitive perspective, and as individuals who are living in this complicated and fast-changing contemporary society, the artists show how they each experience today’s dynamic world. This show hopes to allow the viewers to discover and identify with their new, exciting viewpoints.”

New York-based artist Jihyun Hong’s installation work explores how graphic images that are consumed through monitors have real-life effects. Nayoung Jeong introduces a performance video on the themes of identity and sense of belonging, and Jong Sook Kang an installation piece which shows a scenic view of Manhattan through abstract expression, using apples as the medium. Bonam Kim examines the relationship between place and identity through miniature figures, sculptures, and video works, while Gene Kim explores the theme of communication and the relationship between language, environment, image, and object through an animated piece.

An abstract form of a silkworm cocoon in Kieum Kim’s installation work expresses a self that dreams of purification and a hope to move forward. Genevieve Quick and Jaime Sunwoo tell stories of Asian American identity through a performance video work based on the Korean moon jar and an installation that shares the memory of Spam, an American icon of canned cooked pork, respectively. Jeongwon Yoon resists today’s institutionalized world and longs for freedom through her chandeliers and installation works.

The opening reception of <Beyond Boundaries> will be held on May 22nd from 6 pm to 8 pm at Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Center New York (460 Park Avenue 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022), joined by participating artists and prominent art professionals. Detailed information can be found on the Korean Cultural Center New York website (www.koreanculture.org).

About the Artists

Jihyun Hong received her BFA in Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York and MFA in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Hong is currently based in New York and her works have been in various solo and group exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset Projects and Chashama in New York, and at Open Space in Baltimore. She was also an artist-in-residence at Yaddo and The Wassaic Project.

Nayoung Jeong received her BFA from California College of the Arts (CCA) and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and lives and works in New York and London. Her works have been exhibited internationally in Paris, London, New York, Lisbon, Milan, Slovenia, and Japan, and Jeong has participated in artist-in-residency programs at ZK/U - Center For Art And Urbanistics in Berlin, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, Sculpture Symposium in England, and Art Center/ South Florida Studio Residency.

Jong Sook Kang received her BFA and MFA from Seoul National University of Technology and MFA from Montclair State University in New Jersey. As a pottery artist based in New York and active in both New York and New Jersey, Kang had solo exhibitions at Tongin Gallery in NY, Clay Art Center in NY, and Dai Ich Gallery in NY, as well as various group exhibitions at Korean Community Center (KCC) in NJ, William Paterson University in NJ, Art Center of Northern New Jersey (ACNNJ), Elga Wimmer Gallery in NY, and Queens Museum in NY.

Bonam Kim received her BFA and MFA in Sculpture from Hong-ik University in Seoul, Korea and completed her second MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in New York. Based in New York, her works have been shown at Art Mora Gallery, NARS Foundation, and SOHO20 Gallery. Also, she was featured as an emerging artist in Dong Bang YoGae, a project by Art in Culture magazine in Seoul. Kim has recently completed residency programs at NARS Foundation in Brooklyn, NY and the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, and was awarded the Stutzman Family Foundation Graduate Fellowship for her residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.

Gene Kim received his BFA in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, and the Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Kim lives and works in New York, and has exhibited his works at El Museo de Los Sures, The AICAD/New York Studio Residency Program (NYSRP), and Cameo Gallery. Besides New York, his works have been exhibited in various locations including UAE, Taiwan, London, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

Kieun Kim received her BA in Art Education from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea and MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design. Kim is based in New York and Baltimore, and her works have been shown at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, Natural History Society in Baltimore, World Maker Faire New York, Governors Island Art Fair, and Space in Arts in New York. She won an award at Overlea ArtsFest and was also featured in the New York Times through her show at World Maker Faire 2016.

Genevieve Quick earned her BA in Political Science from University of Michigan and MFA in Sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute. Quick is based in San Francisco and has exhibited at Asian Art Museum, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (San Jose ICA), Adobe Books Backroom Gallery. She has been awarded and participated in visual arts residency programs at MacDowell, Djerassi, and Yaddo. Quick currently teaches in the Art and Technology Department at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and in Studio Art Department at Mills College.

Jaime Sunwoo received her BA in Art from Yale University and currently lives and works in New York. Sunwoo has exhibited at Westbeth Gallery, DUMBO Arts Festival, and Artist Film Festival in the U.K., organized workshops at places such as NARS Foundation, and performed at Art in Odd Places (AiOP), Avant Garde Festival, and FailSafe Festival. Also, she was selected in Upstart Program at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) and won an award at Laundromat Project.

Jeongwon Yoon earned BFA and MFA at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in Germany and is based in Seoul. She had exhibitions at Shinsegae Gallery, Gallery Hyundai, Gallery Skape, and Buk Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA). Her works are collected in major museums such as Art Bank of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum of Art, and Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Korea.

Miro Yoon