Heeseop Yoon and Sui Park “Immersion in Black and White”

Sapar Contemporary

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Curated by Barbara Stehle, Ph.D.

Sapar Contemporary presents a two-person exhibition of Korean American artists Sui Park and Heeseop Yoon curated by Barbara Stehle, Ph.D. Yoon and Park take over the gallery space of Sapar Contemporary with a dialog in black and white. Line is at the center of their pictorial and sculptural works. The installation explores their two worlds, two sides of perception. Their meeting is a contrasted encounter in black and white. The two Korean female artists express themselves in a singular way. Both of them have developed their own technique of creation. Sui Park creates a utopian world with cable ties and monofilament, weaving lines into three dimensions. Heeseop Yoon draws, collages and creates murals with masking tape. Both artists reflect on life and occupation of space with site adaptable works.

Park’s vibrant sculptures and wall works are airy and light. Suspended in the air, on the floor or the wall, they are poetic and alive. They evoke the natural world, not only by their biomorphic shapes, but also their seemingly repetitive molecular like design process. Sui Park’s work meets Heeseop Yoon’s pieces in the architectural environment where both climb up walls and drop to the floor. Heeseop Yoon’s refined drawings are dense and intricate, her murals created with black masking tape spread through space with a worrying ease. Most of Yoon’s creative process involves accumulations and collages. The artist is fascinated by the dystopian world of Urban piles, debris, storages.

Both artists have a minimalist line, great sense of construction and impressive spatial presence. Their meeting allows for a cohabitation of Utopia and Dystopia. The threshold between them contracts and expands in a rich dialog.

Heeseop Yoon was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She holds her BFA from Chung-ang University, Seoul, Korea and MFA from City College of NY, NY. She is known for her large-scaled line drawing installations and also very intricate black and white drawings. She has had solo and two-person shows at Sapar Contemporary, March Gallery, and Bose Pacia, all NY; Arario Gallery, Seoul; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ; OZ Art Center, TN. She has exhibited in museums and art centers internationally, including Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, IN; OZ Arts Center, Nashville, TN; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IW; MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; The Bronx Museum, NY; Seoul Arts Center, Korea; China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Australia and Media Art Center, Beijing, and has participated in several residencies such as the Lower East Side Printshop, Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation; Skowhegan School of Painting, and Artist Alliance Inc., all NY, and Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Germany. She has made her first public mural installation in Italian Market in Philadelphiain 2015. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Sui Park is a New York based artist born in Seoul, Korea. Her work involves creating 3-dimensional flexible organic forms of a comfortable ambiance that are yet dynamic and possibly mystical or illusionary. She had several solo exhibitions and public art projects including Pompom in Georgetown, Washington D.C. in 2019 and Floating Imagery at the Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York in 2018. She participated in over 120 exhibitions, including an exhibition, The 5th Textile Art of Today at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovak republic where she received the Excellent Award in September 2018. Park’s artwork has been acquired by numerous places including Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Oregon and Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship Store in New York in the United States. She is currently participating in a public art exhibition, ‘RE:GROWTH’ curated by Karin Bravin at 78THSt. on the Riverside Park in New York City. Also, she was selected as one of two commissioned artists for 2021 Site-Responsive Art Biennale at I-Park Foundation, East Haddam, CT and will show her public art installation from September 2021. Sui Park’s education includes MDes in Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and BFA in Environmental Design at Maryland Institute College of Art. Sui Park also has MFA and BFA in Fiber Arts at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.

Barbara Stehle Barbara Stehle, Ph.D. is an art historian and independent curator. She worked at the Pompidou Center in Paris before moving to the US. She currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and directs Art Intelligentsia through which she offers art historical services. She has given a Tedx talk about “Architecture as Human Narrative” and writes mostly about European Art, Architecture and Women’s contribution to the art historical field. She is working on a book on Kazuko Miyamoto.



from October 05, 2021 to November 06, 2021

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