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Helen Cho
updated: 09/24/2010
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Exactly 330 cm Uneven (drawing for installation)
Colors for Propaganda (drawing for installation)
M for F for T (drawing for installation)
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Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, architecture, conceptual, consumer culture, geometric, repetition, systems
 
 
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Ballpoint pen on leatherette
2010
17.5 " x  13.5 " 
Untitled by Helen Cho
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Ballpoint pen on leatherette
2010
17.5 " x  13.5 " 
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Ballpoint pen on leatherette
2010
17.5" x  13.5" 
Untitled by Helen Cho
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Ballpoint pen on leatherette
2010
34 " x  27 " 
Untitled by Helen Cho
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Ballpoint pen on leatherette
2010
34" x  27 27" 
Untitled by Helen Cho
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Ballpoint pen on leatherette
2010
17.5" x  13.5" 
Untitled by Helen Cho
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Ballpoint pen on leatherette
2010
17.5" x  13.5" 
Untitled by Helen Cho
Untitled
Ballpoint pen on leatherette
2010
17.5" x  13.5" 
Untitled (drawing for installation) by Helen Cho
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pen and marker on paper
2009
75 cm " x  100 cm " 
Exactly 330 cm Uneven (drawing for installation) by Helen Cho
Exactly 330 cm Uneven (drawing for installation)
pen and marker on paper
2008
56 cm " x  76 cm " 
Colors for Propaganda (drawing for installation) by Helen Cho
Colors for Propaganda (drawing for installation)
pen and marker on paper
2008
76 cm " x  56 cm " 
M for F for T (drawing for installation) by Helen Cho
M for F for T (drawing for installation)
pen and marker on paper
2008
76 cm " x  56 cm " 
M for F for T (drawing for installation) by Helen Cho
M for F for T (drawing for installation)
pen and marker on paper
2009
75 cm " x  55cm " 
M for F for T (drawing for installation) by Helen Cho
M for F for T (drawing for installation)
pen and marker on paper
2009
100 cm " x  75 cm " 
M for F for T (drawing for installation) by Helen Cho
M for F for T (drawing for installation)
pen and marker on paper
2009
75 cm " x  55cm " 

Artist Statement
Through the process of drawing, various issues and problems surrounding my installation practice are addressed.

My installation explores the language of repetition, the simplicity of reduction, and the etymology of single unit-like structures. They referenc Flavin’s serial methodology of using the fluorescent lamp as a “colour stick,” a unit to be combined with other units to create building blocks of a system. In my work, these units come in the form of colour belts used in the ranking system of martial arts. In a unit-based structure, any number of these mass-produced commercial products may be deployed within the limits of standard issue colours and sizes.

The symbology of colours also evokes expressions of kinship represented in socially encoded markers. Colour (and its selective arrangements) as a means to express the body politic, in its collective authorization or social pact convey both the socially inscribed nature of belonging and also its arbitrary nature. Some inherent aspects and contextual function and myths of the sport of martial arts also come into play. I am intrigued by the idea that early martial artists begin their training with a white belt that eventually becomes stained black from accumulated years of sweat, dirt and blood; the black belt represents the culmination of a ritualistic journey and reward for physical and mental strength and suffering.

Flavin’s series of white fluorescent lamp sculptures, “Monument to Tatlin” (1964 -1990), an homage to Tatlin’s unrealized utopian design, “Monument to the Third International” (1920), has been an inspirational point of departure for my own series of white marital art belt arrangements. The tapestry-like textile constructions are illuminated, not by white light but rather inhabiting a self-contained stillness, seemingly untouched by time or technology but retaining an indexical relationship to both. With an infrastructure that speaks geometry and hierarchy but are also unexpectedly organic with a democratizing effect on the visual plane, my work tries to both contain and unsettle these contradictions.

Artist Bio / CV

Born: 1969 South Korea

Education:                                                                                    2005 Goldsmiths College, Master of Fine Art, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions: (selected)                                                         1997 Cute Sexuality, Gallery BODA, Seoul
2002 Transparent Charm, YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto           2002 When We Were Kings, Galerie Wieland, Berlin             2002 Transatlantic Pacific Show, VTO Gallery, London          2004 Too Sweet! Go Away!, Aceartinc. Winnipeg                   2006 Pangea Ultima, Articule, Montreal                                  2006 Original Supercontinent , Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam                                                                              2008 Ideal and Emergence, Derek Eller Gallery, New York    2009 Together in Fateful Collision, Magnus Müller, Berlin 

Group Exhibitions: (selected)

1997 The Body as Text, Kumho Museum, Seoul                    1999 Clothes&That Inside, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
1999 Also Different Flow, Moran Museum of Art, Wolsan, Korea
1999 Performance, Kleines Helmhaus, Zurich                        2002 Telling Stories, borromini Arte Contempranea, Ozzano Manferrato, Italy
2004 Open House, SSamziespace, Seoul
2004 Placebo, Artspeak, Vancouver, Canada
2004 I am Very Very Sorry, Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam                                                                              2005 All Personal, VTO, London                                                2006 Born to be a Star, K/haus, Vienna, Austria
2007 Drawings and Papers, Grusenmyer Art Gallery, Deurle 2007 Gegen den Strich, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin        2007 In Neuem Kontext, Haus der Kulturen der Welt offsite exhibition at St. Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche, Berlin                 2008 Interfacing practices, Magnus Müller Gallery, Berlin      2008 Gegen den Strich, Experimentiertfeld Zeichnung, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany                           2008 Figur des Körpers, loop – raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin, 2008 In the Shadow, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg

Residencies:                                                                            2003 Ssamziespace, Seoul, Korea

Grants and Awards:                                                                 1996, 1997,Ontario Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant
1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 Canada Council for the Arts, Grants for Emerging Artists
1998, 2000 Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant
2004 Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Grant
2006 Canada Council for the Arts, Research and Creation Grant
2004 Arts & Humanities Research Council, England