Hur’s work explores elements of the ephemeral nature of beauty and life through installations of re-appropriated silk flowers carefully arranged into immaculate, streamlined patterns. The project at Lenox continues her series of intricate rainbow installations, in which deconstructed silk flowers inspire recollections of her past and ties to Korea and her family. Hand-shredded silk flowers are carefully laid on the floor without any adhesive, replicating Hur’s mother wedding blanket. The vulnerability and ephemerality of the brightly colored lines reflect ideas of loss, cultural identity and assimilation, and memory.
About the Artist
Gyun Hur has performed and exhibited in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Turkey, and the United States. Gyun’s work has been widely recognized for her floor installations comprised of hand-shredded silk flowers. Through her menial process of making and transforming materials, the artist constructs a visual landscape to evoke a sense of labor, loss, and memories.
Gyun completed Vermont Studio Center (2008 and 2013), Ox-Bow Artist-in-Residence (2010), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2010), and Pilchuck Glass School (2008). She is the recipient of The Hudgens Prize (2010), Artadia Award (2011), and Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship (2010). Her works have been featured in Art In America, Art Papers, Sculpture, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pelican Bomb, Creative Loafing, Jezebel, and The Atlantan. She was listed as the Best Emerging Artist (2011) by Creative Loafing and selected in Oxford American’s “100 Under 100: Superstars of Southern Art” issue. Her interest in art making in public space led her to various artist presentations at the TEDxCentennialWomen, the international street art conference Living Walls: The City Speaks, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and many others.
Born in South Korea, she moved the United States at the age of 13. Gyun attended the University of Georgia (Painting, BFA) and Savannah College of Art and Design (Sculpture, MFA). She currently lives and works in New York City.