Korean Cultural Center
On View: Feb. 2 - 28, 2018
Korean Cultural Center
2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Crossover: East and West

Works by Four Korean American Artists



Crossover: East and West, a new group exhibition featuring ceramic, installation, painting, and video art that question and inform the Asian immigrant experience in America through the works of four accomplished Korean American artists: Victoria Jang, Christina Ko, Jang Soon Im, and Eun Kyung Suh.


Crossover explores the relationship between common notions of Eastern and Western culture from a Korean-American perspective and the effects of cross-cultural phenomena on individuals and minority groups in society. Set between two timely and important occasions, Korean American Day in the U.S. on Jan. 13 and Korea’s traditional Lunar New Year holiday which falls on Feb. 16 in 2018, this exhibition presents a diverse array of art that visualizes current cultural and social issues in terms of both Korean contemporary identity and past heritage. For more on each of the four featured artists and their unique experiences, see their work below or on our website here.

Victoria Jang’s work embodies a complex cultural hybridization. The multicultural environment and various racial experiences of immigrants in the United States are depicted through her ceramic and gold luster works, which incorporate expressive yet atypical and sometimes distorted forms of human figures. Jang abstractly transforms Korean traditional ceramic techniques such as Buncheong, combining these with her own unique identity having grown up in both Korean and African-American communities. Jang is a sculptor, mixed media artist and designer who earned her BFA in 3D4M in 2010 at the University of Washington in Seattle and her MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2014, and has received various fellowships, awards, and recognition for her work. For more, visit www.victoria-jang.com




Christina Ko observes and explores the invisible cultural borders between East and West. In this exhibition, her work targets popular culture by highlighting images of girls and the supposed culture of cuteness characterized by exaggerated notions of femininity. She also questions the cultural identity of Asian women, often reduced to young, innocent, and pure images, and ponders the formation of their unique personal backgrounds within contemporary Western societies. Ko received her BFA from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2013, has exhibited her work in and around New York City and in London, and has received recognition for her work through residencies and exhibitions. For more, visit www.christinayunako.com.




Jang Soon Im researches common images of tradition and culture whose substance has been transformed and reprocessed by modern society. His series Whitewashed looks at how contemporary Western culture interprets Oriental tradition from its own perspective, and speaks to the phenomenon of transforming, reproducing, and consuming those original images to fit other public and social tastes. Im received his MFA in Drawing and Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2010 and his BFA in Asian Painting from Seoul National University in 2003, and has been exhibited acorss the United States and in Seoul, in addition to various fellowships. For more, visit www.imjangsoon.com.




Eun Kyung Suh studies the cultural, linguistic, social, and economic discrepancies that humans have experienced when moving to new environments. She examines the experiences of individuals and families, especially immigrants and Korean adoptees, in terms of cultural memory and history, and suggests a path to maintain traditions in balance with adaptation. Suh examines the assimilation process of immigrants in Rainbow, a video work of interviews with Korean adoptees, and in Enclave visualizes individuals’ national identity formation within ethnic enclaves. Suh received her MFA in Design from the University of Iowa in 2002, her BA from Ewha Womans University, and is currently Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, For more, visit www.d.umn.edu/~esuh.


 On View: Feb. 2, 2018 - 28, 2018




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