To my own surprise, I did not know that prior to World War II the color pink was once associated with masculinity. Upon reading and viewing Yoon’s photographs from her Pink and Blue project I wonder even more how much we have failed to question ourselves on so many things we have come to accept so readily.
A conceptual artist that works in a variety of media, Michael Joo has been making artworks that blur the boundaries between art and science, nature and technology, and history and perception for more than 20 years. The subject of two current solo shows—“Transparency Engine” at SCAD Hong Kong and “Drift” at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut—Joo recently took time out of his demanding schedule to discuss these enigmatic exhibitions with ArtAsiaPacific’s New York desk editor Paul Laster.
Piecing together discarded shards of porcelain, and marking joins and bare edges with lines of gold leaf, Korean artist Yeesookyung creates new shapes, often softly curved and anthropomorphic, occasionally jagged and alien. Her ceramic practice, which started with the “Translated Vases” series in 2006, has proved therapeutic for the artist, and the resulting works are profoundly, undeniably beautiful.
The third edition of Frieze New York, which returns to its gigantic white tent on Randall’s Island Park from May 9 through May 12, features a remarkable 18 exhibitors from Asia, including a smart mix of established and emerging galleries from Japan, Korea, China, India, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Israel and Turkey.
The practice of Korean sculptor and installation artist Do-Ho Suh centers around notions of home—its associations with comfort, memory, displacement and identity formation. Recently, he debuted his Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home (2013) installation at the new National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, in which a life-size replication in fabric and wire of his childhood house in South Korea floats inside his former brownstone residence in Providence, Rhode Island. On the occasion of his first solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin in Hong Kong—and the artist’s second visit to the Fragrant Harbor since the 1990s—Suh met with ArtAsiaPacific to discuss his latest fabric pieces and a potential future project.