Wednesday, June 12, 2013

By Eunkang Koh
June 21 — August 9, 2013
Opening Reception is June 21, 2013 8:00 PM — 10:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Thursdays & Fridays
10:00 AM — 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM — 9:00 PM

La Taller y Galería de Grabado

C/Zumarraga, 7, Lonja bajo.
Entrada por Maestro Iciar S/N. 

48006 BILBAO

Tell: 0034 94 672 22 92

Eunkang Koh’s new work will be on exhibition at La Taller y Galería de Grabado in Bilbao, Spain from June 21 through August 9, 2013. The opening reception will be held on June 21, 2013 from 8:00 PM until 10:00 PM.

Eunkang Koh’s work focuses on the social phenomena of our 21st century society of consumerism.  She views the lifestyle and thinking processes of humans as largely ruled and guided by money and capitalism.  “Our goals are to become richer and wealthier so that we can consume even more.” Trying to fit into a consumer-driven culture masks our own individuality as our identity and personality become cloaked and defined by “consume more.”  Her exhibition “The Human Shop” expresses the absurdity of the human world, manifesting through the social phenomena of consumerism, and is visually depicted in the creation of creature hybrids.  They portray ironic gestures that create a mixture of humor and grotesqueness, reflecting life in our consumer society.

“The Human Shop” consists of different types of prints and drawing, incorporating various media such as clay and magnets in depicting the mass consumer culture in which humans live today. Koh also experiments with human-made materials such as plastic boxes, vinyl sheets, and paper bags. Through the eye of an artist these materials represent and symbolize the micromanaged and controlled contemporary society.

Eunkang Koh is an Associate Professor in Printmaking/Drawing for the Art Department of the University of Nevada Reno, College of Arts. Professor Koh received her B.F.A. from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea, and her M.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach, California. Ms.Koh has had significant solo and group exhibitions in the United States, South Korea, Spain, China and Bulgaria. She also received a Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship Honorable Mention Grant for fiscal year 2013.

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