Studio GAAK and ForGround are pleased to present an exhibition of works by the South Korean artist Seunghwui Koo. The exhibition will be on view from July 27 through September 1, 2017 at 8 East 41st Street. An opening reception will be held from 6 - 8PM on Thursday, July 27th.
Koo’s works in this exhibition draw upon her childhood memories seeing pig heads in her father’s butcher shop in South Korea. As Koo explains, It is tradition to have a celebration with a pig’s head while money is put into its mouth for opening a new business, buying a new car, or stating a big endeavor. The person then bows and prays for a good and comfortable life. There is also a belief that when one dreams of a pig, it is a precursor to material wealth.
When the artist moved to the United States, she encountered very different cultural meanings for the pig, and these differences underscore the meaning of her work. Working in a variety of media, this exhibition will focus on four of Koo’s most important sculptural and mixed media works. Playing with scale, color, materials, and cultural meaning, Koo creates works that examine the intersection of East and West. She also draws attention to the complex social and cultural intersections found in the urban, cosmopolitan environs of New York City, filled with a diverse population.
Seunghwui Koo was born in 1981 in Busan, South Korea. She studied Sculpture and Fine Art at Kyungpook National University, and received B.F.A. Koo is the recipient of many artistic awards, both in South Korea and the United States, and her work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions. The New Jersey Art Guild selected her the “Artist of the Month” in November 2015, and Koo was also featured in a 2013 Artribune article. The artist is currently based in New York.