Yoo Seung-Ho "Echowords"

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poster for Yoo Seung-Ho "Echowords"

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Yoo (b.1973), currently living and working in Seoul, received his degree in painting at Han-Sung University in 1999 and was awarded the "Seoknam Art Award" prize for emerging and promising artists in 2003. He has participated in several group shows that have introduced his work on a broader scale both internationally and nationally, including "The Elegance of Silence" at the Mori Art Museum and the current Asia-Pacific Triennial where the response has been overwhelming. His works, all done with pen and ink, appear to be traditional Chinese landscapes from afar, yet in fact the landscape consists of an accumulation of tiny Hangeul (Korean) characters. What is the story within his drawings?

Yoo employs mimetic and onomatopoetic words, and also words used by children, applying their effects to the drawings. Mimetic and onomatopoetic words make us extend our imagination and thereby influence our viewing of the artwork. For instance, he was attracted to the word "Shoooo" which he found in manga. The word is used for the sound of a rocket blast and he created a mountain and water landscape image with those words flowing from top to bottom. Viewers' first impression of the work might be of "a noble and traditional landscape" but that impression fluctuates when they find small words and all the other individual elements within the drawing such as its sound, meaning and layout. The end result is humorous and may give the viewer a giggle. Yoo describes "sublime and beautiful" mountain and water landscapes as "outdated and boring" and he hopes the viewer can find the humor and irony within his artworks.

Opening Reception: April 25th (Wed), 18:00-20:00

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From 2007-04-25 To 2007-05-26

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Yoo Seung-Ho

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