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.

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