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Place/Setting, Sam Chung

March 3, 2011 - March 31, 2011

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Place/Setting
Sam Chung
MARCH 3 – MARCH 31, 2011

The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present a new installation by Arizona-based artist Sam Chung. For this New York City exhibition Chung has created a unique installation featuring place/settings on a custom built table for 16 people.

“The large dinner setting presented here composes individual pieces of tableware into a larger topographical landscape.  This installation is informed by pottery traditions that reflect my own history and experiences.

Place, as it relates to me, begins with my experience as a second generation Korean-American growing up in Minnesota, a state with a strong Scandinavian ancestry.  As I later traveled extensively throughout Asia, I began to understand the duality of place and how it can feel simultaneously foreign and familiar.

In 2005, I was a resident artist at Guldagergaard, a ceramics center in Denmark.  It was here where I experienced a familiar reverence for the poetic simplicity of contemporary Scandinavian design and the porcelain-ware from Royal Copenhagen.  The work in Place/Setting pairs this discovery with my interest in Korean ceramics and my ongoing curiosity about my own ethnic origin.  The overall presentation provides a comment on cross-cultural identity from the intimacy of a domestic setting. ” -Sam Chung

Sam Chung was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received his MFA from Arizona State University and his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In between undergrad and grad school he worked as a special post-bac student at the University of Minnesota. Chung taught at Northern Michigan University and is now teaching at Arizona State University in Tempe. He has had exhibitions at Cervini Haas, AKAR, Dubuque Museum of Fine Art, Sherry Leedy, Santa Fe Clay, Lacoste, Taipei County Yingge Museum, and the Incheon World Ceramic Center. Chung has work in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum, Incheon World Ceramic Center (Korea), Guldagergaard (Denmark), Shepparton Art Gallery (Australia), University of Arkansas, and Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center. Chung has attended residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Watershed, Guldagergaard (Denmark), The Pottery Workshop (China). Chung’s work has been included in such publications as Contemporary Ceramics, The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, The Complete Guide to High Fire Glazes, and Masters of Porcelain.

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