KEYSOOK GEUM

Dr. Keysook Geum’s dramatic sculptures of elegantly posed forms embody the fusion of timeless Asian aesthetics and philosophy with contemporary flair. They are constructed of paper-wrapped wire, gems or beads, and sometimes silk. Starting with a central focal point, Geum works outwardly in a concentric manner reminiscent of a spider. As the artist weaves, twists and bends wire two-dimensionally, intricate forms and unintentional patterns emerge. The natural tensions of interlacing wire pushes and pulls out until figurative shapes begin to take form. With a background in designing costumes for large-scale dance and theater productions, Geum’s sculptural works are imbued with her delight in movement, energy and gesture. Geum likens the works to the Buddhist lotus flower, a recurrent symbol in and inspiration for her work. She is an author and professor of Textile Art and Fashion Design at Hong Ik University in Seoul, Korea. Since 2007, she has also been serving as the president of the Korean Society of Costume.

 

BACKGROUND & EDUCATION

 

President   The Korea Society of Costume

Professor   Dept. of Textile Art & Fashion Design

                    College of Fine Arts, Hong Ik University

 

1988   PhD, Textiles, Ehwa Womens Univ.

1988   Post Doctoral Fellowship, Univ. of MN

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

 

2014   Solo Exhibition, “Wire and Light,” Art+ Shanghai Gallery, Shanghai, China 

 

2013   Solo Exhibition, Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA, USA

 

            Solo Exhibition, "Visible in Invisible", Artspace H, Seoul, Korea

 

 

2010   Solo Exhibition, Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, USA

 

 

2008   Solo Exhibition "Moving or Dancing", Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, USA

           

 

            “World Wired Web”, Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago

 
 
2007   Fashion Art from Korea
 
 
          Turkey Folklore Museum Gallery, Turkey
 
 
          GEUM-HONG & FRIENDS, Gana Art Space, Seoul
 
 
2006   Fashion Art from Korea
 
 
          Beijing Korean Culture Center, Beijing
 
 
2005   “Fashion is Art : Honoring the Visionaries with the Tribute to Excellence Award”,
 
 
          The Walker Art Center, Minnesota “Mind Over Matter, Body Under Design, The Goldstein          
 
          Museum: Minnesota
 
 
          Fashion Art Exhibition, “Air of the East”, Universitat der Kunste Berlin, Germany
 
 
2004   “Sculpt a Pose”, Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago
 
 
          Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong
 
 
          Metal Style, Le Conservation des Ocres et Pigments Appliques, Roussillon-Vaucluse,
 
 
          France
 
 
2003   Fashion Art, Design School Gallery, Vienna
 
 
          Tigerman Gallery, Chicago
 
 
          Daegu Textile Art Documenta, Deaegu, Korea
 
 
2002   Air of Korea, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu Art to Wear, Hitotsubashi Kinen Kodo, Tokyo
 
 
2001   Baeck Sang Memorial Hall, Seoul Busan Fiber & Fashion Art Festival, Busan
 
 
2000   Parsons School of Design, New York
 
 
          Kwangju Biennale Art to Wear Pavillion, Korea
 
 
1999   Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul Fashion Art, Haus der Kulturen, West Berlin
 
 
1998   Body and Cloth Narratives Exhibition, Dong-A Gallery, Seoul
 
 
1997   Kwangju Biennalen, Kwangju Korean Society of Costume, Seoul
 
 
          Fashion Art Festival, Soul Art Center, Seoul
 
 
1996   International Art to Wear Exhibition, Denmark National Museum, Copenhagen
 
 
1995   Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju
 
 
1990   SKIN Exhibition, Dongduck Gallery, Seoul
 
 
 
 

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