VISITING ARTIST HAERI YOO TO CREATE SITE â€“SPECIFIC INSTALLATION AT KRESGE ART MUSEUM
2009, Art Daily
EAST LANSING, MI.- Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University is hosting Korean-born artist Haeri Yoo Sunday, August 16 through Sunday, August 23, 2009. During the week, Yoo will execute a large scale, mixed-media installation on two gallery walls in the museum. The Kresge Art Museum piece represents Yoo's first in Michigan.
The museum is currently closed to the public but will reopen on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 with two shows celebrating Korea . Haeri Yoo: Paper Deep, an intensely contemporary installation, will run simultaneously with Gods, Demons, and General: Icons of Korean Shamanism, an historical look at Korean culture.
â€śLike a child views the world, my work segregates and playfully mutates the realities present. Beauty and violence, light and dark are left in an inconclusive disharmonious impasseâ€ť, says Yoo. She explores â€śhumor, sexuality, and the overt and subtle relationships that haunt the space between beauty and violenceâ€ť. The formal sensibility of her native Korea translates into sensitivity to negative space and mark-making, producing works that are â€śbuilt up, painted, drawn, pasted and re-shaped from a large repository of smaller explorationsâ€ť.
PIA MARIA MARTIN, HAERI YOO AND YUH-SHIOH WONG AT THOMAS ERBEN GALLERY - D. DOMINICK LOMBARDI
April 2007, NY Arts Magazine
Haeri Yooâ€™s paintings on canvas and wall fill the other half of the gallery. Despite the physical separation of being on the opposite side of this smallish space, the show holds together as one seamless soiree. Yooâ€™s works harken back to her days as a child in Korea where an appreciation of nature has now become a fictitious fantasy of figures and vignettes that are as mixed up as they are magical. She works quickly, and with little or no abandon. Like her show-mates, Yoo manages to take the viewer to a previously unknown place where the moments it takes to get oneâ€™s bearings are filled with cold, hard energy.