함연주 | Youn-Joo Ham
Her fame begins with room sized entangled webs of her hair and geometric formations with tens thousands of crystals. These materials represent feminine, fragile and complement elements. A useless fallen hair that was once a part of the body can potentially be strong and beautiful by supporting each other. She pays attention to the material characters and behaviors to expose bodily energy, material reaction, contingency and transformation when interacted among themselves and with the artist herself. This tension and fragility of materials, through the elements of repetition and shadow, can reinforce its presence to form a life.
This round shaped work embodies an image of perpetually blossoming flower from a single node. Delicacy and splendidness are well expressed in this image of seed to blossom. The seed, the birth of life, is a topic that she focuses recently. She enjoys the way to show another her portrait by taking the weak and miniscule elements as the beginning of life, a kind of morpheme.
Youn-Joo Ham graduated from Pratt institute in New York with MFA degree in sculpture, and since then she has been exhibiting her work around the globe including Basel, Miami, New York, Prague, and Düsseldorf among others. Her work has been recognized for its quality through exhibitions at the National Gallery of Prague (Czech Republic), National Museum of Contemporary Art (S. Korea) and Seoul Museum of Art. She also has collaborated with corporate offices such as LG where her feminine and intricate art imbued a warm sentiment to rather taciturn white goods.
Born 1971, Korea
1999 MFA, Pratt Institute, New York
MFA & BFA, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul
2015 “Blooming”, Severance Art Space, Seoul
2014 ‘From Neverland’, Yoo Art Space, Seoul
2009~1998 Gallery IHN, Seoul / ART PARK, Seoul / O.K.Harris, New York / Pratt Studios, New York
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
2015 ‘MOMENTUM’, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
‘Look at their Stories’, Sungkok Museum, Seoul
‘ACCIDENTAL ENCOUNTER’, Bukseoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2011 ‘Open-Air Art Project 2011 My Land or Your Land?’, Busan Museum of Art, Busan
‘Show Me Your Hair’, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul
‘Floating Hours_Moon is the Oldest Clock’, national gallery in Prague, Prague
2010~1998 Construction Site of National Art Museum in Seoul, Seoul / Arco Art Center, Art Council Korea, Seoul / SoMA Museum of Art, Seoul / Art Sonje Center, Seoul / Seoul Museum of Art / Seoul Art Center Hangaram Art Museum / POSCO Art Museum, Seoul / Gyeonggido Museum of Art Women’s History through generation maturation’ P-House, Tokyo / PASSAGE de RETZ, Paris / mushroomarts, New York / Art Omi, New York / ‘Art Basel’ Miami Beach, Miami / Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf
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