Artist blurs definition of reality in BU exhibit

For immediate release: Oct. 20, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — Works on paper by artist Eunkang Koh will be on display at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Haas Gallery of Art from Friday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Nov. 30. The artist will visit the gallery on Thursday, Nov. 3, for a reception from noon to 2 p.m. and a lecture starting at 1:15 p.m. She will also hold a studio demonstration at 9:45 a.m. These events and the exhibit are free of charge and open to the public. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.

Koh uses her art to explore how humans perceive their behaviors and the world around them. Influenced by Korean myth culture and Buddhist philosophy, she seeks to create and depict her own reality. Her characters often combine traits of humans and non-humans, reminding the viewer that people are not as removed from “lower” animals as society often thinks. Through this, she hopes to show the “absurdity of human behavior” through metaphor and satire.

Koh currently resides in Nevada, where she is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada-Reno, but her art has brought her all over the world. She received her bachelor’s degree in Korea and her master of fine arts degree in California. She has held exhibitions in several countries, showing her dedication to art and its creation. Her works combine two of her beliefs: that the common conception of reality is manufactured by society and the relationship between humans and animals is closer than many believe.

The landscapes in her pieces are often surreal, with heavy linework accenting the brightly colored characters. Although this show will feature her paper works, she has also done installation pieces and made pop-out books featuring her characters.

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