Locks Gallery is pleased to present our second solo exhibition of the Korean artist Yeesookyung, on view May 19 through June 30. The multi-discipline artist, who is a participant in the main exhibition, Viva Arte Viva, of the 2017 Venice Biennale, works in moving image, installation, painting and sculpture.
This exhibition will explore works in two and three dimensions that follow the recent developments in her ongoing series, Translated Vase. Begun in 2001, Yee describes her approach to the series as that of a “matchmaker”, creating organic, “grafted” structures from discarded pieces of Joseon-style ceramics deemed imperfect by potters. As described by curator Seewon Hyun, Yee’s sculptures visually “break down the time accumulated on the materials since the ceramic work came into being” and evolve into contemporary, life-imbued, conceptual forms. The repetition involved with thrown ceramic work also echoes the rhythmic motion of Yee’s own performance pieces and the ritual practices embodied in her studio discipline, Daily Drawing (2005-). The drawings on view are a transcription of the repetitive ritual of her process.