Sunok Chun

Artist Statement

I am interested in boxes -- both in the way. they contain things and the way they set things free. Freedom of open spaces for me it means the embrace of space as an area that is philosophically full and empty simultaneously.

In Antoine de Saint - Exupery’s The little Prince,  a pilot tries to draw a sheep for the Little prince, who in turn rejects the first three attempts as he is not happy with the sheep’s appearance. Finally, the pilot draws a box, explaining that the sheep is inside. “That is exactly the way I wanted it!” said the Little Prince. “Do you think that this sheep will have a great deal of grass?” Then he stepped into the box world of the sheep, and through the windows in the box, he looked at the outside world.

Like the Little Prince, I too need a box that will contain a “sheep”.  A box that will shelter my dreams and ideas.

I think of my art works as metaphoric boxes in which I keep a glimpse of realty as I see it. I am interested in the relationship between the enclosed space and the space beyond its boundaries. So my work is often comprised of antithetic elements that describe that relationship, such as geometry and the free gesture. My paintings set up a dialogue between rational straight lines and atmospheric areas of color with floating, gestural markings.

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Hazy Day

2016, oil on canvas, 50X40cm

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Moon Light

2017, oil on canvas, 50X40cm

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Boundless

2015, oil on canvas, 139X114cm

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Side by Side

2014, oil, oil on canvas, 91X81cm

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Like It Is

2016, oil on canvas, 101X81cm

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Synthetic Thinking

2013, oil on canvas, 162X112cm

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Chatter

2013, oil on canvas, 162X112cm

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Deep Inside Ocean

2002, oil on canvas, 190X147cm

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Untitled

2005, oil on canvas, 190X147cm

Artist Biography

American, Born in South Korea
1997
        MFA , Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
1991
        BFA, Sung Shin Women’s University, Seoul Korea

Selected Solo Exhibitions​

2017        NU Hotel Brooklyn Welancora Gallery 
2017
        Freedom, Welancora Galelly, Brooklyn, NY
2014
        Extrication, Theo Ganz Studio Beacon, New York
2012
        Convergence,  Theo Ganz Studio Beacon, New York
2007
        Kunstmesse Salazburg Galerie Bohner ,Austria
1997
        Second floor Gallery, Pratt Institute Brooklyn,New York
1995
        Tutor Center Brooklyn, New York
 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018        Oneness  K & P Gallery, New York, New York
2015
        The Wind will Carry us Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon, New York.
2015
        persistent Song Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon, New York.
2011
        EverGreene The Artist & Their Art Old School Mott Street, New York.
2009
        Hello Living and Brooklyn Contemporary Art Brooklyn, New York
2009
        Sonderschau,Korea Art Today Galerie Bohner, Germany
2007
        Kunstmesse Salazburg Galerie Bohner ,Austria
2006
        Elegy in Variable Key, Theo Ganz Studio, Brooklyn, NY.
2003        BAM Group Show ( SONYA)  Brooklyn, New York
2001       Subject Matters Asian American Women Artists Alliance The Phoenix  Gallery, NY, NY    
2000       Loopy , Gallery Korea, New York, New York
2000       Confluence of Cultures,The Rubell & Norman Schafler Gallery Brooklyn, NY
1999       Confluence of Cultures, Pratt Manhattan Gallery New York, New York
1999       The Beginning Painting and  Sculpture  Lodi Memorial Library, Lodi, New Jersey
1998       Williamsburg Bridges Tibet” Williamsburg Art & Historical Center,Brooklyn, New York   
1997       1997’s Night of 1.000 Drawings, Artist Space, New York, New York
1997       Cornucopia Woong Chun Gallery, Seoul Korea
1997       Shoe Project Steuben West Gallery Brooklyn, New York 
1996       Nagoya Parcd 7  Nagoya, Japan
1996       BWAC Pier Show IV Brooklyn, New York
1996       Ear Show  Pratt Library ShowcaseBrooklyn, New York
1995       An Exhibition of Small Works New Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
1993       Boung A Ga Sum Ba Tang Gallery, Seoul Korea
1992       Boung A Ga Sum, Se Hoa Gallery, Seoul Korea
1991       Boung A Ga Sum Ba Tang Gallery, Seoul Korea 
1990       New Art Show, Kyong Inn Gallery, Seoul Korea
1990       Escape of Ism The Third Gallery, Seoul Korea

Awards

1999       Seventh Annual Award From Chung Hun Art & Culture Org. Seoul, Korea
1997       Certificate of Excellence in Studio Art Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York