Seoul, b.1967

Sankeum Koh

Sankeum Koh’s meticulously assembled pearl beads and steels balls create an illusion of blurred texts. Sourcing from newspaper columns, books, and poetry, Koh transforms these literary words into fragmented visions, and draws upon the viewer’s frustration at not being able to read the cryptic codes. Leaving the viewer to question what it is they are actually ‘reading’, these works challenge the validity of such original texts, and debate the trusting, dogmatic approach of modern readers.

Koh eliminates the information that is obtained from the original texts, leaving only the visual configuration of the written words. Thus the written article transcends into a purely visual form that is independent from the arbitrary content of the original. In daily life, once the visual process of ‘reading’ has begun, a reader will have...

learn more about this artist

Biography

Sankeum Koh’s meticulously assembled pearl beads and steels balls create an illusion of blurred texts. Sourcing from newspaper columns, books, and poetry, Koh transforms these literary words into fragmented visions, and draws upon the viewer’s frustration at not being able to read the cryptic codes. Leaving the viewer to question what it is they are actually ‘reading’, these works challenge the validity of such original texts, and debate the trusting, dogmatic approach of modern readers.

Koh eliminates the information that is obtained from the original texts, leaving only the visual configuration of the written words. Thus the written article transcends into a purely visual form that is independent from the arbitrary content of the original. In daily life, once the visual process of ‘reading’ has begun, a reader will have no choice in receiving the author’s intended information, in Koh’s works however, the viewers are given a choice. They can choose to know that the formation of pearls is an article written in memory of Nam June Paik, or experience ‘a kind of recalling’, to ‘something that has been forgotten, or is strangely familiar.’

Sankeum Koh holds an MFA in Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute, New York and an MFA in Painting from Ewha Womans University, Seoul. She was awarded 12 x 12 x(12) from Islip Art Museum, New York and the Dong-A Award from the Modern Art Museum of Korea, Seoul. Koh’s works are present in Kyeounggido Museum of Art and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea.

(Text courtesy Hanmi Gallery)

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Asian Art / Blurring Boundaries / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Korean Art / Inspired by Literature / Lecture / Jewelry / Korean Art / Monochrome Colors / Monochrome Painting / New York / Painting / Pearl / Pearl Beads / Perception / Sensory Experience / South Korea / Visibility/Invisibility / Women Artists / Word as Image

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1997

    MFA, Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, New York

  • 1991

    MFA, Ewha Women's University, Seoul

  • 1988

    BFA, Ewha Women's University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Homage to You - Capital and Love, Gallery Baton, Seoul

  • 2012

    Homage to You, Sun Contemporary, Seoul

  • 2011

    Typography + Transliteration, Doctor Park Gallery, Yangpyeong, Korea

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    ART is Form, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

  • Cracks in the Concrete, MMCA Collection, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

  • Affirmation/Interrogation - Trilogy, Gallery 021, Daegu, Korea

view full CV

Curriculum Vitae

The artist CV shows the details after 2000s.
To access the artist’s full CV, please click the download button at the end.

Education

  • 1997

    MFA, Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, New York

  • 1991

    MFA, Ewha Women's University, Seoul

  • 1988

    BFA, Ewha Women's University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Homage to You - Capital and Love, Gallery Baton, Seoul

  • 2012

    Homage to You, Sun Contemporary, Seoul

  • 2011

    Typography + Transliteration, Doctor Park Gallery, Yangpyeong, Korea

  • 2009

    The Transformed as I Mentioned Two, Prugio Gallery, Seoul

  • 2008

    The Transformed as I Mentioned, Takeout Drawing, Seoul

  • 2007

    Mist of Signs Four, Sun Contemporary, Seoul

  • Mist of Signs Three, MMCA Residency, Goyang, Korea

  • 2006

    Mist of Signs, Gallery Skape, Seoul

  • Mist of Signs Two, Gallery Ssamzie, Seoul

  • 2003

    Williamsburg Art Historical Center, New York

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    ART is Form, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

  • Cracks in the Concrete, MMCA Collection, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

  • Affirmation/Interrogation - Trilogy, Gallery 021, Daegu, Korea

  • 2016

    SeMA Collection: Tenacious Hands, Seungbuk Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Steel Drawing, Pohang Museum of Art, Pohang, Korea

  • 2015

    Look at their stories, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • Unexpected Encounter, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2014

    Korea Tomorrow, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul

  • The Difference, Lespace 71, Seoul

  • Warmth, Cultural Station 284, Seoul

  • 2013

    White & White (Nel Dialogo Corea-Italia/Dialogue Between Korea and Italy),?Museo Carlo Bilotti Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Rome

  • 2012

    Dansackhwa Exhibition, Korean Monochrome Painting, National Museum?of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • 2011

    Ceation and Parody, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea

  • 2010

    Observation a Like Leonardo da Vinci, Sabina Museum, Seoul

  • 2009

    a’ la Yves saint Laurent, Gallery Artside, Seoul

  • 2008

    W?Daily Life in Korea, The Queen’s Gallery, Bangkok

  • 2007

    Writing paintings, Painting Words, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Contemporary Korean Art, Korean Cultural Center UK, London

  • 2006

    Channel 5 Five, Daejeon Museum of Arts, Daejeon, Korea

  • Pick and Pick, Ssamzie Space, Seoul

  • Drawing Festival, Gallery Kunstdoc, Seoul

  • Somewhere in Time, Art Sonje Center, Seoul

  • Brooklyn Express, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Re-Open, Gallery Skape, Seoul

  • 2004

    Crossing Zone, Hutchins Gallery (Long Island University), New York

  • Baram (Wind of Hope), Poet's Den Theater, New York

  • 2003

    Local Artist Small Works, Wha Center, New York

  • 100 Years 100 Dreams, Space Worlds, New York

  • 2002

    Reaction, Exit Art, New York

  • Nokmee, New Century Artist Space, New York

  • 2001

    The Rebellion of Space, Dumbo Art Center, New York

  • Freedom Aftermath, Korean Cultural Center USA, Washington

  • Out of Hibernation, Im n IL Gallery, New York

  • Brooklyn New York, The Cathedral of Saint John Divine, New York

  • Absorption on the Ground 31, Space World, New York

Collections

  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

  • Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Seoul National University Museum, Seoul

  • Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan, Korea

  • Mongin Art Center, Seoul

  • Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea