SUNKOO YUH

Old and New

October 1 – 29, 2022

Sunkoo Yuh

Old and New, 2022

Glazed porcelain

13.50h x 13.50w x 11d in

SY049

$8,000

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Sunkoo Yuh

Abstract I, 2022

Glazed porcelain

8.50h x 8.50w x 8.50d in

SY043

$3,000

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Sunkoo Yuh

Memory of Pikesville, TN, 2007

Porcelain

34h x 39w x 26d in

SY001

POR

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Sunkoo Yuh

Guardian, Year of the Tiger, 2007

Porcelain

22h x 24w in

SY003

$ 22,000.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Abstract with Drawing, 2022

Glazed porcelain

5.50h x 6w x 7d in

SY042

$1,600

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Sunkoo Yuh

Roof, 2022

Glazed porcelain

14.50h x 11.50w x 10d in

SY044

$3,800

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Sunkoo Yuh

Skull Man, 2022

Glazed porcelain

13.50h x 13w x 12d in

SY045

$4,000

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Sunkoo Yuh

White Tiger, 2022

Porcelain

17h x 12.75w x 16d in

SY101

$ 12,000.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

White Composition II, 2022

Porcelain

16.50h x 8w x 4.50d in

SY097

$ 3,200.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

White Composition III, 2022

Porcelain

12.25h x 6w x 3.50d in

SY098

$ 2,500.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

White Composition V, 2022

Porcelain

9h x 4w x 4.50d in

SY100

SOLD

Sunkoo Yuh

White Composition IV, 2022

Porcelain

12.50h x 8w x 5.50d in

SY099

$ 3,200.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Carbon Composition I, 2022

Porcelain, Carbon Trap

13h x 5w x 5d in

SY047

SOLD

Sunkoo Yuh

Carbon Composition II, 2022

Porcelain, Carbon Trap

10.50h x 5.50w x 3.50d in

SY048

$1,600

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Sunkoo Yuh

Carbon Composition III, 2022

Porcelain, Carbon Trap

12h x 6w x 5d in

SY072

$ 2,500.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Carbon Composition IV, 2022

Porcelain, Carbon Trap

11h x 6w x 4d in

SY073

$ 1,600.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

White Composition I, 2022

Unglazed porcelain

9.50h x 5w x 4d in

SY046

$1,400

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Sunkoo Yuh

Drawing I

38.5w x 26h in.

SY069

$3,000.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Drawing II

38.5w x 26h in.

SY070

$3,000.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Drawing III

38.5w x 26h in.

SY071

$3,000.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stones
Assorted Indivdually Painted Hollow Forms

More images to come

 

Sunkoo Yuh

Pile I, 2022 

28 painted, porcelain hollow forms

SY103

$8,000 

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Ree, Soo-Jong

Moon Jar

20h x 16w in

RSJ001

Price on Request

Ree, Soo-Jong

Moon Jar with Splash

20h x 16w in

RSJ002

Price on Request

Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 1, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4.25h x 2.25w x 2d in

SY057

SOLD

Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 2, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

5.25h x 3w x 2.50d in

SY058

SOLD

Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 3, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.75h x 2.75w x 2.50d in

SY059

SOLD

Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 4, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4.50h x 3.75w x 2.50d in

SY060

$750.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 5, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4.50h x 3.75w x 3.25d in

SY061

$550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 6, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4.50h x 3.50w x 2.75d in

SY062

$550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 7, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

5h x 3.75w x 3d in

SY063

$550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 8, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

2.75h x 3w x 2.75d in

Story Stone 8

SY064

$350.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 9, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

5h x 4.25w x 3d in

SY065

$550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 10, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.50h x 4w x 3d in

SY066

$550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 11, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

5.50h x 5.50w x 2.50d in

SY067

$950.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 12, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.50h x 3.50w x 2d in

SY068

SOLD

 

Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 13, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.75h x 3w x 2d in

SY074

$ 450.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 14, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4h x 4w x 3d in

SY075

$ 550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 15, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

2.50h x 4w x 2d in

SY076

$ 350.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 16, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.25h x 5w x 3d in

SY077

$ 750.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 17, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.50h x 3w x 3d in

SY078

SOLD

Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 18, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.50h x 2.75w x 2.50d in

SY079

$ 350.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 19, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4h x 3w x 2.25d in

SY080

$ 450.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 20, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4h x 3.50w x 3.50d in

SY081

$ 550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 21, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

2.50h x 3.50w x 2d in

SY082

$ 350.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 22, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.50h x 3w x 2.50d in

SY083

$ 450.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 23, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4h x 3.50w x 3.25d in

SY084

$ 750.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 24, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4.25h x 3w x 3d in

SY085

$ 550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 25, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4h x 3w x 2.50d in

SY086

$ 550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 26, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

2.50h x 3.50w x 2d in

SY087

$ 350.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 27, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.50h x 3.25w x 2d in

SY088

$ 450.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 28, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.50h x 3.25w x 2.50d in

SY089

$ 450.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 29, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3.50h x 3w x 3d in

SY090

$ 450.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 30, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

3h x 2.50w x 3d in

SY091

$ 350.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 31, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4.50h x 3.50w x 2.50d in

SY092

SOLD

Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 32, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4.50h x 3w x 2.50d in

SY093

$ 550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 33, 2022

porcelain

4h x 3w x 2.50d in

SY094

$ 450.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 34, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

4.50h x 3.25w x 2.50d in

SY095

$ 550.00

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Sunkoo Yuh

Story Stone 35, 2022

Painted porcelain hollow-form

5h x 3w x 2d in

SY096

$ 450.00

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Sunkoo Yuh 

Press Release

Lucy Lacoste Gallery is pleased to be showing an experimental exhibition, SunKoo Yuh:  Old and New, in which the renown Korean artist breaks away from his past of monumental figurative sculpture to explore four new ways of working. Capturing the artist at his moment of change, this exhibition also reflects the accelerating changes of the society in which we live while demonstrating the creativity that can come out of it. 

For many years, Yuh has wanted to evolve naturally from the large scale colorful, figurative ceramic sculpture for which he is known.  In this exhibition, Old and New, the artist proceeds to try out four ideas.  The first is to show the changes from his old work to his new work by using his existing works to reconstruct new pieces. The second is to change from representational to abstract, avoiding the figurative and narrative aspects of his work, to create abstract forms.  Thirdly, in making sculpture in black or white, he lets go of his polychromatic glazes for which he has been known and uses the clay’s original colors of black and white unglazed. The fourth area he explores is the presentation of hand built, painted hollow forms in sculptures he calls Piles which continue his psychologically revealing drawings.  These four changes allowed him to compose a new body of work for this exhibition.

This exhibition confirms how Yuh is steeped in art history and social commentary.  German expressionist artists, such as Max Beckmann, are a source of inspiration

seen in the artist’s bold and revealing drawings in this exhibition and carry over to his Story Stones, hand-formed, then covered with drawings mostly black.

Yuh combines many references in his new monochromatic sculpture through the maximalist use of press-molded found objects. He alludes to the energy of Korea, found in the culture’s co-mingling of Zen Buddhism, Confucianism and Christianity iconography of Jesus and Buddha figures, and juxtaposes it with pop culture references of today such as Chewbacca and Batman. Also found are examples of humor in his use of casts of an Elmer’s glue bottle and corncobs.  The white press-mold sculptures are reminiscent of classical Greek and Roman sculptures.

“The small, new black and white porcelains seem to quote Walter Benjamin’s writing on the consequences of diffusion and popularization of art reproductions” – Diana Korzenik

“We are living in a time of change, accelerating chaos. This work captures the spirit of the day. It shows beauty coming out of chaos and conflict.  These pieces reflect moments of change when we don’t know where we are going to land. They show us that Chaos is the spirit of pieces jarring yet beautiful, the spirit of creation.” -  Rima Bonario

For many years, I have wanted my work to evolve naturally without any forcing of intentions. When I have an exhibition, that desire is always at the back of my mind. I am waiting until the pressure of courage builds up inside of me. 

My first idea for this exhibition was “Old and New''. I wanted to show the changes from my old work to my new work by using my existing works to reconstruct new pieces. In changing from representational to abstract, I avoided the figurative and narrative aspects of my work and created more abstract forms. In changing from the specific to the transcendant, I made a hundred hollow forms and decorated them intuitively in a routine manner. In changing from polychrome to monochrome, I let go of my polychromatic glazes and used the clay’s original colors as black and white. These four changes allowed me to compose a new body of work for this exhibition.

I am super excited about the changes that I’ve experienced in preparing for this show. With these ideas, this exhibition is a big step toward escaping from my old work and myself to understanding my new work and myself. A huge thanks from the bottom of my heart to Lucy Lacoste for decades of opportunities, encouragement, and understanding.

Sunkoo Yuh, 2022

Sunkoo Yuh was born in 1960 in South Korea, where he received his BFA from Hong Ik University. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1988 to obtain his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY. Yuh currently resides in Athens GA, where he is a professor of art at the University of Georgia. Yuh's ceramic sculptures are composed of tight groupings of various forms including plants, animals, and human figures. While Korean art and Buddhist, Christian, and Confucian beliefs inform some aspects of his imagery, his work is largely driven by implied narratives that often suggest socio-political critiques. Yuh's current focus is on architectural-scale sculptures and pushing his medium to its limits of size. He has exhibited widely and has received many awards and honors. He was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Grand Prize at the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale International Competition, Icheon, Korea, The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. His work is in the collections of The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., The Museum of Fine Arts, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, Houston, Houston, TX, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea, the International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, the Oakland Museum of Art, California and more.

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