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Korean-American artists blur boundaries in Lorton

Identity, Costume, Cliché: Korean Photography Today

Featuring: Suk Kuhn Oh, Chan-Hyo Bae, Ok Hyun Ahn

Identity, Costume, Cliché: Korean Photography Today is an exhibition by 3 talented contemporary Korean artists who share their insights to universal questions and feelings surrounding cultural identity. Together they reveal their personal experiences and opinions through projects focused on feelings of confusion, shame and embarrassment, cultural estrangement and cliché views of women.



Visual Kinematics: A State of Mind by Elly Cho

Born in Seoul, Elly Cho holds a BA and a MFA from The Slade School of Fine Arts.  Elly recently earned a MA from Columbia University.  After obtaining her MFA, Elly taught various Visual Art courses as well as theory courses at universities and colleges for seven years in Korea.  Her art is an intersection between the Artwork, the Environment and the Viewer.  Elly has exhibited her works internationally.  Many of her works have been showcased in major collections such as the Seoul Municipal Museum.  Most recently, Elly is exhibiting a work called "Going Green" (with the Queens Art Express in NYC), "Ways of Seeing" at the 3D Sculpture Park (in Verbier, Switzerland) and a solo project at the Artside Gallery (in Seoul).

Elly's art reconciles the past with the present, inspiring viewers to reflect on the cultural landscape of their own personal and cultural history.  Using various forms of media, Elly creates installations expressing temporal moments, evoking a fundamental recognition of nature and the environment.  Elly approaches the subject matter on cultural landscape in a narrative fashion.  The places showcased in Elly's art often relates to her own life experiences.  Elegant yet familiar atmospheric landscapes stimulate viewers by engaging their imaginations.  By blending of spatial and video installations, Elly experiments with contact and communication between the art and the viewers.

Elly's art has three elements:

"Atmospherics" - installations creating an ambience within the viewer's perception
"Nature" - the surrounding environment
"Response" - The response of viewers within the space

Everything occurs in pairs:

Life & Death
Happiness & Sadness
Hope & Fear
Yin & Yang
Love & Hate

This "duality" and the fundamental dichotomy is the lifeblood of Elly's creations.  Aiming to evoke a blended exploration of this theme, Elly instills in the viewer a highly charged and nostalgic awareness of things long gone.

Visual Kinematics captures the movement of three's.  With the use of Black & White video, Elly engages the viewer in an intimate way.  People focus on Nature & the Environment.  Times Square is a crowded place of cultural exchange.  Times Square is a place to reflect on a particular "Moment".  "Moment" is a sight specific video installment depicting a moment of nostalgia.  "Moment" provides a deep emotional state using familiar images.  The goal is to transport viewers into an imaginative alert and contemporary awareness.  Explore nature, people, life and current affairs.

What Infinity Looks Like


Chul Hyun Ahn is a member of a group of young light artists including Olafur Eliasson, Ivan Navarro, Spencer Finch, and Leo Villareal. Ahn creates meditations on zen notions of the infinite and the void which distinguishes Ahn's oeuvre from other artists working with light. Ahn’s multiple on-going sculpture series including "Forked Series" and "Tunnel Series" systematically explore the limitations of space and optics. Hilarie M. Sheets, contributing editor of ARTnews who also writes regularly for The New York Times, Art In America, and Art + Auction, said his work is "At once thrilling and ominous, it suggests a rabbit hole to another world—underwater, outer space, afterlife—or journey to the unknown, the kind of leap of faith involved in the artist’s own passage to an unfamiliar country and language."[1] As a pillar in the resurgence of light art, "Ahn creates sculptures utilizing light, color and illusion as physical representations of his investigation of infinite space." [2] Ahn lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland where he is represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery.


The Perfect Home, Between New York and Seoul

Design Culture

When John Maeda became president of the legendary Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2008, he told the Wall Street Journal, "Everyone asks me, 'Are you bringing technology to RISD?' I tell them, no, I'm bringing RISD to technology."

In his fascinating career as a programmer and an artist, he's always been committed to blurring the lines between the two disciplines. As a student at MIT, studying computer programming, the legendary Muriel Cooper persuaded him to follow his parallel passion for fine art and design. And when computer-aided design began to explode in the mid-1990s, Maeda was in a perfect position at the MIT Media Lab to influence and shape the form, helping typographers and page designers explore the freedom of the web.

At RISD, Maeda is leading the "STEAM" movement--adding an "A" for Art to the education acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)--and experiencing firsthand the transformation brought by social media.

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