Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tracing/Retracing: Sang-Mi Yoo

November 2-December 22, 2012
First Friday Art Trail:
Friday, December 7, 6 - 9 pm
(Opening Reception: Friday, November 3)

Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery, 
The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA)
Address: 511 Ave. K, Lubbock, TX 79401
Phone: (206) 328-2200
Gallery Hours: Tue.-Sat. from 11 am to 5 pm

The artworks in the exhibit are based on my childhood memories from Korea and everyday encounters of standardized residential buildings from my West Texas living and travel to Northern Ireland.

In my Anomalous Traces series, childhood memories of the standardized houses and buildings that sprung up in South Korea in the 1970s are made ironic by hollow play of silhouetted buildings—cookie-cutter homes. They resonate an archetypal architecture residing in my memory, not an existing one. Yet the memory of this Korean dwelling form originated in my perception of similar, standardized residential housing in Lubbock, questioning whether my memories of an ideal home were ever uniquely “Korean.” The juxtaposed installation of photo-based prints and lasercut wool felt creates optical illusions through distortions of the original houses, which compares the notion of ideal home as a tangible subject versus illusion.

During the Artist Residency at Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland (June 18September 10, 2012), I have continued developing my interest in the ideal home into a realm of global community. I took photographs of homes in Bangor and seaside towns at the edge of urbanization and tradition. After studying different house forms, I transformed the original photos into organic patterns, using lasercut wool felt and screenprints. Highly saturated complementary colors borrowed from a traditional Korean clothing pattern seem to reflect my response to the history of conflicts and the undercurrent of tension in the Ireland.

Overall my project explicates how politics in education and urban planning have influenced our way of thinking and visual perceptions.

Exhibition Views

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mimicry: Sang-Mi Yoo's Installation

October 4 - 20, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4, 5 - 8 pm


Pratt Gallery at the Tashiro Kaplan Studios

312 S. Washington, Studio A1, Seattle, WA 98104
phone: (206) 328-2200
Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sat. from 12 to 5 pm

Sang-Mi Yoo’s project explicates how politics in education and urban planning have influenced our way of thinking and visual perceptions. She arranges prints and lasercuts within the gallery space to simulate the notion of ideal home as a tangible subject vs. illusion.

Artist meet and greet at Pratt's Print Studio Friday October 5, 6 - 8 pm in partnership with Seattle Print Arts.

1902 South Main Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Phone: 206.328.2200

Artist Lecture at Mithun: Thursday, October 3, 12 - 1 pm   

1201 Alaskan Way #200  Seattle, WA 98101

Exhibition Views


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Trace reTraces: Two Exhibitions by Sang-Mi Yoo

August 29-31,Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
Artist Lecture: Friday, August 31, 1-2 pm

August 27-September 2, North Down Museum, Bangor
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 29, 6-8 pm

Sang-Mi Yoo, 2012 Artist-in-Residence at Seacourt Print Workshop* (Bangor, Co. Down) has developed her interest in ideal home into a realm of global community. Photographs of homes in Bangor and seaside towns at the edge of urbanization and tradition are transformed into organic and geometric patterns, using lasercut wool felt* and screenprints.

*Seacourt Print Workshop’s Artist in Residence programme is funded by North Down Borough Council.

*Lasercuts were produced in the Textile Department at University of Ulster, Belfast.








Exhibitions Views

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Taking Home with You Epilogue

It was such a heart-warming event at SGCI in New Orleans. All the participating artists were so dedicated and enthusiastic to talk about their work, and the audience was attentive and loved the work. We raised about $1,500 during 4 hours, and the money will be sent to Peace Winds America based in Seattle. They focus on reducing the devastating impact of natural disasters in the Asia Pacific including Japan relief and recovery.

Prints from this event will be exhibited in a variety venues to continue the spirit, including Limerick School of Art & Design in Limerick, Ireland, University of Colorado, University of Iowa and so forth. No word is enough to say my deepest thank you to all the support from artists and donors who took home with them.

Here is a Printeresting posting by Claire Siepser

Event photos are found here.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

2012 SGCI Conference Event

Taking Home With You

Friday, March 16, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, Woldenberg Art Center at Tulane University, Room 214

Organizer: Sang-Mi Yoo

Description of the Event:
New Orleans is a city reminding us of the frequent history of natural disasters including the recent hurricane Katrina. Home is an important place for everyone as it provides us with a sense of protection and identity.Contemporary life often causes us move from one place to another as a result of many factors, including employment, family, education, war and violence, in addition to natural disasters. However, this transitory habitation may reflect how our contemporary lives are moving toward more nomadic lifestyles. This event will touch on the idea of home as well as positive thoughts on being nomadic or non-territorial. The home resides more within our minds than within the physical world.

In this event, each participating artist presents prints of an imaginary home. Each print has cutting and folding marks, allowing it to be cut and folded into a house form. The viewer is invited to visit the site, select a print, cut out the shape, fold it into a collapsible three-dimensional home and take it with them, examining the ideal notion of home and participation in a good cause. All of the proceeds from suggested donations will support those affected by the recent tsunami/earthquake in Japan.

Building and sharing imaginary homes in print forms allows a new kind of culture to be spread, overcoming a sense of fragility in memories and in illusions of the world we believe. This new wave is like the surface of a body of water, spreading towards available spaces and filling in the gaps. Disasters can interrupt the smooth flow, but the strong power of this wave can help us to find a sense of home in their wake.

Participating Aritsts:
Denise Bookwalter, David DuBose, Stacy Elko, Michael Glenn, Anita Jung, Elizabeth Klimek, Kathy McGhee, Yoonmi Nam, Amanda Rouse, Marianna Smith, Melanie Yazzie, Sang-Mi Yoo
Event Assistants: Juanita Exiga, Joshua Meier

For more info: 2012 SGCI Conference Highlights

2D Prints and 3D Mockups

Melanie Yazzie. Flower Pod. screenprint.

David DuBose. Yellow House with Cone.

This boat is inspired from a Kettuvallom, a popular houseboat and tourist attraction in India.

Yoonmi Nam. Taking Home with You. 5 color silkscreen print on butcher paper,
4 layers printed on the front/1 layer on back. Printed by Joshua Meier.

Michael Glenn

Sang-Mi Yoo. Hello House. screenprint.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Anomalous Traces: An Exhibit by Sang-Mi Yoo

November 3 - 20, 2011
UTSA Satellite Space, Blue Star Arts Complex, 1400 S. Alamo St., No. 115, San Antonio, TX
Hours: Fri, Sat & Sun, Noon - 6 pm and By Appointment
phone: 210-212-7146

The Anomalous Traces exhibition by Sang-Mi Yoo at the UTSA Satellite Space Gallery focuses on a mixed media installation with laser-cut felt and large format offset lithographs. This concept for this exhibit is based upon iconic images that are created through personal memory, simulating perception and memory from a collective experience.

The artworks in the exhibit are based on her ongoing project, New Village, that reflects her childhood memories and everyday encounters of standardized residential buildings. She has created lasercuts using acrylic and wool felt to distort and transform the original shape of the exterior of the houses and floorplans. As these materials are installed in the space, rows of New Village houses and flooplans float off the wall, becoming abstract constructs that are subject to the gravity and shadow play surrounding the materials. Yoo takes photographs of these installations in order to make digital transparencies for large sized, photo-based offset prints. Lastly, she arranges these prints and lasercuts within the space to create an installation that compares the notion of ideal home as a tangible subject vs. illusion.

Overall Sang-Mi Yoo’s project explicates how politics in education and urban planning have influenced our way of thinking and visual perceptions. During the exhibition, she plans to collect photos of historical and residential buildings from San Antonio. Yoo will use iconic images created from these photos to deploy further issues of the ideal home.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Sojourns, Metaphors, and Flying Machines: The Mythical Prints of Future Akins, Stacy Elko, and Sang-Mi Yoo
Group exhibition featuring recent prints by Akins, Elko, and Yoo, associate professors at Texas Tech. Sponsored by PrintMatters. Juried by Patrick Palmer.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: June 3-July 29


1324 West Clay Street
Houston, TX 77019-4036
(713) 522-4652

Texas Tech associate professors Akins, Elko, and Yoo discuss their approaches to printmaking and how they find the time to work, teach, and make art.

Panel Talk: Saturday, June 4, 2-3:30 pm

You may also find interest here:

Six artists from three continents focus on non-conventional approaches to printmaking using a variety of materials;
3-D prints by Orna Feinstein and Steve Weiseman, installation by Ardan Ozmenoglu and Sang-Mi Yoo, as well as works by Karin Bos and Jennifer Rose.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 10, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: June 10-July 3


4411 Montrose Blvd # 500
Houston, TX 77006-5855
(713) 524-2299