Eui Jeong YOO
(b. 1981, Korea)
YOO Eui Jeong is a Korean artist who is known for his ceramic works that synthesize the past and the present. His works are a combination of historical relics and social conventions of the modern world. Although they are in one sense uniquely Korean, they become universal through their logos, patterns and designs that hark back to a global culture. How can new meaning come from repeated references that we find in our daily lives? In another sense we can ask ourselves, how would the vases of Goryeo celadon be decorated today? The act of symbolism is present within both the ancient wares of Korea, as well as the advertisements we find in the 21st century.

Yoo Eui Jeong was born in Korea in 1981. He received his PhD in Ceramics from Hong-Ik University. He has held solo shows in galleries and museums such as Space KAAN (Seoul), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Sladmore Contemporary (London), The Ceramic House (Brighton, England), Handok Museum and Moosim Gallery (Cheongju, Korea) gallery KOO; SONG EUN ART CUBE (Seoul), and Dowon Art Center (Busan, Korea) amongst others. His works have been selected for numerous local and international exhibitions including in Foundation Bernardaud (Paris), Gana Insa Art Center (Seoul), Lalit Kala Akademi (Chennai, India), Saachi Gallery (London), ION ART Gallery (Singapore), Sejong Museum of Art (Seoul), Sangwon Museum of Art (Seoul), Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taipei, Taiwan), CHANG ART Gallery (Beijing), and many more. Yoo has works in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea and the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Norway, to name a few.

I associate my works with cultural and social convention through time accumulation. I mix available modes and research data all around the world. I agonise about what I can do with things I already have, and am concerned with how I can create meaning and singularity out of major references around my daily life. I create regulation and agreement about today’s usage of reproduced formality and structures of antiques as well. For instance, the vase with flying crane and clouds patterns I copies from Goryeo celadon overlaps with popular logo, or luxury fashion brands. In my recreated regulation and agreement, people try to find out which is the auspicious cranes flying over the clouds replaced for today. In that sense, my work attempts to grasp cultural codes, modes of life and global inheritance and to have them work properly.

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