Duane Reed Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring the ceramic work of Sam Chung, Steven Young Lee, and Sunkoo Yuh. These three artists create distinct work that incorporates their shared eastern/western influences through figure, form, and tradition.
Sam Chung is an associate professor of ceramics at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. His cloud vessels demonstrate a balance between form, function, and design. Drawing from historical, cultural, and experiential associations, Chung exploits the universal familiarity of pottery and imposes his own vision in order to merge disparate influences. His work is a force to bring forth a new language of pottery for the future.
Steven Young Lee is the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. A Chicago native, he received his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His current work examines cultural references and how individuals draw realities based on experiences and environment. Through his sculpture and vessels, he challenges preconceptions of style, form, symbolism, superstitions, and identity.
Sunkoo Yuh was born in South Korea in 1960 and immigrated to the United States in 1988. His ceramic sculptures are composed of tight groupings of various forms including plants, animals, fish, and human figures. While Korean art and Buddhist and Confucian beliefs inform some aspects of his imagery, his work is largely driven by implied narratives that often suggest socio-political critiques. Yuh is currently Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
The exhibition will be on view from September 25th through October 17th, with an opening reception on Friday, October 2nd from 5:00 — 8:00 p.m.