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a solo exhibition of work by EUNKANG KOH
5 SEPTEMBER 5 - 6.30PM
at the Bristlecone gallery at Western Nevada College in Carson City through 14th September.
Thank you to Capital City Arts Initiative for their collaboration, support and work on this exhibition!
The exhibit is open to the public May 15 – September 14, 2023, Monday through Friday, 8am – 7pm,
in Western Nevada College’s Bristlecone Gallery, 2201 W College Parkway, Carson City.
Eunkang Koh received her B.F.A. from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, South Korea and M.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach, California. Koh sees within our contemporary society a new illusion created by a systemic world since the invention of the internet and social media. She works in various media- printmaking, book art, drawing, painting and installation to address social phenomena in our contemporary consumerist society.
Eunkang has shown her devotion to art and the art making process. She has had significant solo exhibitions that include Main Gallery, The Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and La Taller in Bilbao, Spain. Koh also has participated national and international group exhibitions such as Centro Civico Pati Limona in Barcelona, Spain; Art Space Jungmiso in Seoul, South Korea; Mei Lun Gallery at Huan Fine Art Institute in Changsha, China; and Central Booking in New York City, New York. Koh has been invited to artist-in-residencies including Seacourt, Bangor, Northern Ireland, Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium; Gualan Original Printmaking Base in Shenzhen, China; Chhaap Printmaking Studio in Baroda, India and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California.
Koh is Associate Professor teaching printmaking and drawing in the Art Department at the University of Nevada Reno.
In my artwork, I draw from the human circumstances that flourish between reality and perception. Born and raised in the Korean myth culture and adopting Buddhist philosophy, I assume that the world we are living in is not real but is an illusion that we perceive. I doubt that there is anything like truth in a concrete sense. I aim to create my own illusion in my art. My images are my way of seeing the world without pretense.
I often use half animal and half human figures in my work. Those hybrid creatures represent the portrait of us, human as social animals and the society that we live in. They portray the society that we are living in through the creation of creature hybrids, which express the absurdity of the human world. They portray ironic gestures that create a mixture of humor and grotesqueness, reflecting life in our society. The creatures are symbolic of those humans who are dimwitted and un-knowing, or who choose not to see anything beyond the ‘Illusion’ that they are taught.
My recent work is responding to lifestyles and thinking processes that are often ruled by consumerism. I see about our contemporary society as new illusion that created by systemic world since the invention of internet and social media. Through the internet and social media, human lives are controlled and monitored and this new system that controls us consistently promotes consumerism as they get information from watching and monitoring us. Trying to fit into this consumer culture makes individuals loses the sense of their own identities and personalities while we follow and being followed. My creatures are a portrait of us, human who reside in this illusionary world that is created by the system we created ourselves.
To show the mass consumer culture where humans live in today’s contemporary society, my medium varies in different types of prints incorporating other media such as relief, intaglio, screen printing, as well as digital process, and new technology like laser cutter and 3D printer and combine them with sewing, ceramics, book binding etc. I also experiment with human-made materials such as plastic boxes, vinyl sheets, and paper bags, products that symbolize our micromanaged and controlled society through my project.
2201 W College Parkway, Carson City, Nevada, USA