InJung Oh為美籍韓裔藝術家,2009年畢業於芝加哥藝術學院(The School of Art Institute of Chicago),主修繪畫創作。作品曾被芝加哥Zhou B Art Center、私人藏家所蒐藏,現為Zhou B Art Center的常駐藝術家。

2012年InJung Oh於芝加哥33 Contemporary Gallery舉辦個展─「國王與我」(King and I),取材自韓國歷史中的王室悲劇,描述三千位妃子在國王被罷黜後跳下懸崖的故事,透過這個故事探討兩性的權力關係,並以花朵形體象徵女性,在作品中不斷辯證生命的複雜性。除此之外,InJung Oh擅長利用符號象徵做為繪畫的主體,企圖連結自身在不同文化、社會中的成長過程與探索經驗。

做為一位女性藝術家,以及雙重國籍的身分,InJung Oh自然地將自我認同與各種社會議題做為自己的創作主軸。從Georgia Totto O’Keeffe使用花朵來象徵女性,到Judy Chicago對於父權文化的批判,都試圖從女性視角去建構獨特的藝術觀;然而當代的InJung Oh選擇以內斂的繪畫形式表達對性別的衝突關係與詮釋,而她也使用花朵做為女性身體的象徵,但她的花朵所蘊含不只是性別意識的轉化,而是討論更多社會、文化認同的議題。從過往的〈UNTITLED SERIES〉、〈^ 〉、〈V SERIES〉中我們可以看見InJung Oh的作品以各式各樣的物件形體象徵女性,結合自然場景做為表現的舞台,從中綻放出各種憤怒、晦暗、憂鬱的情感狀態,她試圖以藝術來抵抗社會的各種偏見與束縛。

2013年於Bluerider ART所舉辦的個展,展出的系列作品為Volossom為全新創作,延續〈國王與我〉系列作品,以花朵為主體,藉由花蕊與花瓣的組合,象徵生命主體的存在與延續,有別於悲劇與死亡的意象結局,將花朵轉化成生命中各種曾經驗過的美好形象。InJung Oh企圖給與花朵正面的力量,提示人類靈魂與信念的重要,以及對現實不妥協的精神,提供一種獨特的藝術觀點來對應世界。

InJung Oh is a Korean-American artist and graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009, where she received a Master’s of Fine Arts. Her works have been shown in Chicago’s Zhou B Art Center where Oh is currently an artist in residence, as well as in numerous national and international collections. In 2012, Oh’s work was displayed at Chicago’s 33 Contemporary Gallery as a solo exhibition titled King and I. The name of the series is derived from an ancient Korean tale of royal tragedy. According to legend, three thousand concubines of a recently deposed king took their lives by throwing themselves off a cliff. The story still stands today as a powerful symbol for the issues of gender, identity, and conflict. In her works, Oh represents the king’s wives and, abstractly, femininity through the imagery of billowing skirts and the human body as flower petals and stamens. This inherently tragic story is countered by the symbolism of flower blossoms as life renewing, of subsequent generations of women, of life in perpetuity.

As a female artist of dual identities, East and West, Oh naturally identifies with the complexity of societal and hierarchical issues and uses symbolism to expound on her own experiences in intercultural society, such issues forming a focal point and building block for creativity and inspiration. Earlier artists such as Georgia Totto O’Keeffe, who focused on the symbolism of flowers and the female form, or Judy Chicago with her criticism of patriarchal culture from the female perspective, had unique takes on art and expression, and though Oh’s work draws some comparisons, her restraint
from the overly provocative is more suggestive of social relations and gender interpretation. Where O’Keeffe used flowers to imply the female form and sexuality, Oh has moved the symbolism toward transformation and a discussion of social and cultural identity. In Oh’s previous series, Untitled, ^ , and V, we see in Oh’s works a variety of objects symbolize the female form. Combined with natural scenery as a performance stage where emotional states such as anger, apathy, and melancholy were expressed, she uses her art work as a resistance to various social prejudices and restrictions.

On display now at the Bluerider ART are InJung Oh’s works from Volossom, a continuation of the artists series King and I, where flower, petals and stamen as symbolism for life and the existence, continuation, mortality, and rejuvenation of the subject. “Volossom”, which is a term created by Oh, means “Vlossom as a manifestation of wish and will.” The flowers now form a symbol of positivity against adversity, of perseverance. Oh suggests the importance of the human spirit as an uncompromising reality, offering a unique artistic point and worldview.

Solo Exhibitions

2016“Volossom” Solo ExhibitionUnion League ClubChicago, USA
2015“Volossom Decade” Solo Exhibition,Zhou B Art CenterChicago, USA
2015“Volossom & Thousand Wish Project” Solo ExhibitionEd Paschke Art CenterChicago, USA
2014“Volossom” Solo ExhibitionMIIT MuseumTurin, Italy
2013“Volossom” Solo ExhibitionBluerider ART GalleryTaipei, Taiwan
2012“King and I” Solo Exhibition33 Contemporary GalleryChicago, USA

Group Exhibitions

2016“New Business”Hyde Park Art CenterChicago, IL
2016“Tempo Memoria”MIITTurin, Italy
2016“Centerline" Zhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2016“I AM American”North Central GalleryNaperville, USA
2015“Context Miami Art Fair”Bluerider ART GalleryMiami, FL
2015“53rd Art Exchange Symposium”Busan Federation of Art and CultureBusan, Korea
2015“TRAP”Hammond Art CenterHammond, IN
2015“Summer Solstice Art Exhibition: The Nature of Women”The Law OfficeYorkville
2015“Centerline” Group ExhibitionZhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2015“Pro.gres.sion,”15th & West GalleryChicago, IL
2015Curator Choice ExhibitionRiver Bank Loft GalleryChicago, IL
2014“AHAF Seoul 2014”Bluerider ART GallerySeoul, Korea
2014“52nd Busan Art Festival”Busan, Korea
2014“Curator’s Choice”33 Contemporary GalleryChicago, IL
2014“I Am American” traveling exhibitionGovernors State UniversityChicago, IL
2014Interactive live painting performance with “Horse of Honor” Chicago, IL
2014“Young Art Taipei”Bluerider ART GalleryTaipei, TW
2014“Art Tainan” Bluerider ART GalleryTainan, TW
2014“10th National Self portrait Exhibition”Zhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2014“Individual Direction”33 contemporary GalleryChicago, IL
2014“I AM American”Water Street StudiosBatavia, IL
2013“Art Basel” Spectrum33 Contemporary GalleryMiami, FL
2013“Simbiosis Cultural” Centro Cultural de Baja CaliforniaMexico
2013“Cultural Symbiosis”33 Contemporary GalleryChicago, IL
2013“Centerline”Zhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2013“National Self portrait Exhibition”33 Contemporary GalleryChicago, IL
2012“Synergy” Art Space 191, Vienna “Facemask”Zhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2012“Art Energy Future”Regional Museum of Natural ScienceTurin, Italy
2011“Impetus”33 Contemporary GalleryChicago, IL
2011“National Self Portrait Exhibition”Zhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2011“Current”Zhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2011“National Wet Paint Exhibition” Zhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2011“Sexy” Gene Siskel Film CenterChicago, IL
2010“National Wet Paint Exhibition”Zhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2010Curator choice exhibitionNoyes Cultural Art CenterChicago, IL
2010Curator choice exhibitionZhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2010Curator choice exhibitionZhou B Art CenterChicago, IL
2009Curator choice exhibition33 collective group showChicago, IL
2009“MFA Thesis Exhibition”Sullivan GalleryChicago, IL
2009Curator choice exhibitionGreenleaf Art CenterChicago, IL
2008“SAIC+DCB”Busan Design Center GalleryKorea, Busan
2008Curator choice exhibitionUnion League Private ClubChicago, IL
2007Curator choice exhibitionBeverly Art CenterChicago, IL
2007“The 32nd Exhibition: Chicago Korean American Art Association,”Cook County Treasure’s OfficeChicago, IL
2007“Remake=The Sequel”Gene Siskel Film Center GalleryChicago
2007“Reflection x 5,”The Gallery at Village HallLincolnwood, IL
2007Curator choice exhibitionRichard J. Daley Civic CenterChicago, IL
2007Curator choice exhibitionRadmacher GallerySkokie, IL

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