poster for Shida Kuo Exhibition

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Chinese American Arts Council / Gallery 456 presents SHIDA KUO, a solo exhibition of artist Shida KUO in New York. The exhibition will showcase KUO’s new body of work including 4 paintings, 9 ceramic sculptures, and a set of prints.


KUO is in search of forms that have a basic, pre-linguistic relationship to our bodies, forms that are “repressed by our consciousness but are persistent in our veins”.

The choice of material is integral to the concept of KUO’s art. He intentionally uses clay and wood to maintain a deeply felt affinity with that which makes us human. KUO insists that each work is individual and refuses to create within the constraints of series; he also refuses to enforce a title onto his work. The best way to appreciate his art, according to the artist himself, is to “live with it for some time”.

The paintings KUO exhibited along the sculptures are to be viewed as an extension of the ceramic works and a continuous exploration of interior spaces. KUO treats his paintings as “flat sculptures”, a term which accent its three-dimensional feature. KUO blends fiber, mica powder, and sand into acrylic paint to explore new creative possibilities, he also uses oil pastels for fine processing on his “flat sculptures”.

KUO’s simplified earthenware forms, richly tactile, talismanic, dense and hermetic, seem to allude to ancient knowledge, to wordless secrets that may be revealed through contemplative touching of the object. “By combining the organic quality of nature with the psychological ambiguities of the inner self, I seek to create my own vocabulary of forms which convey a spiritual perspective.”

Shida Kuo is a Taiwanese-born sculptor living and working in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei, Taiwan) and a Masters in Ceramic Sculpture from New York University. He currently teaches in the Department of Arts and Art Professions at New York University.



from April 05, 2019 to May 03, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-04-05 from 18:00 to 20:00


Shida Kuo

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