Sun You is a New York-based Korean contemporary artist known for her wall installations imbued with enigmatic beauty and emotional vulnerability. Her almost ephemeral yet irrevocably bound assemblages shows a skillful and highly creative use of color, space, shapes, and materials. Although they may look simple and randomly assembled at first sight, it turns out that they are not, and each of them is characterized by a high level of detail and complexity.
In her practice, You uses a combination of fashion accessories, industrial materials, delicate knick knacks such as paperclips and other multicolored household items to produce playful and seductive abstract installations that usually lean, hang or balance each other. In one of her first series of work she utilized thread, vinyl, and Mylar to produce vivid plastic sheets that were either suspended from the ceiling or hung on walls. The New York-based artist fuses fine art and fashion or decorative art in a fluid celebration of color, ornament and gesture.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Sun You obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Her work has been included in individual and collective shows throughout the United States and beyond including Projekt722, Brooklyn, NY; Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany; Queens Museum, Queens, NY; Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, NY; The Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service New York, NY; Atlantic Center for Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL; Hangaram Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea; Gallery Satori, New York, NY; and Dragonfly Neo-V Gallery, Columbus, OH, among others.
Sun You has taught at universities around the world including Ohio State University, Ohio and Kyoto Art University, Kyoto, Japan.
She also heads President Clinton Projects, a curatorial project founded in 2012.
All images courtesy © Sun You
|2015||Content Intent Replay||Projekt722, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2015||I am What I am Not Yet, A Survey of Brooklyn's Moment||Madelyn Jordon Fine Art l, Scarsdale, NY||Group|
|2015||Swingers WKND, Works by Artist Couples||Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2014||Endless Care, Small Editions||Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2014||Pure Production||247365, Brooklyn, New York||Group|
|2014||Unknown||Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany||Group|
|2014||Unknown||Queens Museum, Queens, NY||Group|
|2014||Unknown||AHL Foundation, New York, New York||Group|
|2013||Urban Jungle||BBCN Bank, Woodside, NY||Solo|
|2013||In Making||Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, New York||Group|
|2013||Plastic Memory 10022||The Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service New York, New York||Group|
|2012||Sun You, Maria Walker||Open Space, LIC, NY||Group|
|2012||New York - Berlin Exchange||The Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service New York, New York||Group|
|2012||novermber remember september||Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems, Germany||Group|
|2012||SCOPE New York, with Chashama||New York 2012, New York||Group|
|2012||Future Pieces||Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2011||Two Folds||The Suburban, Oak Park, IL||Group|
|2011||ACA Residency Show||Atlantic Center for Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL||Group|
|2011||The Finishers||Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY||Group|
|2010||Sun You||Wagner College, Staten Island, NY||Solo|
|2010||Presence - Absence||Pain Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI||Group|
|2009||U.S.B. Emerging Korean Artists in the World||Hangaram Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2009||Two Degrees Of Separation||Gallery Satori, New York, NY||Group|
|2009||Urban Convergence||Asian Arts Initiatives, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2008||Triangle Art Residency Exhibition||Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2007||Art and Fashion||Shin Choi, New York, NY||Group|
|2007||Let’s Bolt||CSV Center, New York, NY||Group|
|2007||Art Exhibition||NYU Commons Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2005||Sun You||MIT Sidney Pacific Graduate Housing, Cambridge,MA||Solo|
|2005||Sun You||Dragonfly Neo-V Gallery, Columbus, OH||Solo|
|2002||Sun You||The Korean Embassy Cultura Center, Washington D.C.||Solo|
|2002||Jungle Story||Sean Christopher Fine Art Gallery, Columbus, OH||Solo|
|2002||Sun You||Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH||Solo|
|2000||America, America||Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea||Solo|
|1997||MFA Show||Wayne State University, Detroit, MI||Solo|
|1994||Sun You||Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI||Solo|