Suki Seokyeong Kang’s (b. 1977) research-driven practice spans across media, incorporating sculpture, painting, video, installation, and performance, as she investigates the notion of space and its relationship to an individual’s social position within society. Kang appropriates the formal language of the grid used in traditional Korean musical notation as a spatial and social structuring device. The grid is translated and reproduced as standing formations in her works that balance against, hinge on, and even protrude from the wall. In her works, the sculptures in the space appear and are further activated in her videos or performances. Hwamunseok– mats used in traditional Korean court dances – produced from woven sedge by Korean craftswomen. Each of these signals the minimum space an individual is provided in society. As these notations multiply, Kang configures them into a rich visual score suggesting the possibility of a collective consciousness rooted in individual action.
Suki Seokyeong Kang graduated with BFA and MFA in Oriental Painting at Ewha Womans University, and MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London. In 2018, Kang won the Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel with her works acquired by Mudam Luxembourg. She has had solo exhibitions at Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2019-2020); Mudam Luxembourg (2018); ICA Philadelphia (2018). Her works have been featured in the Venice Biennale (2019); the Shanghai Biennale (2018); the Gwangju Biennale (2018); and the Liverpool Biennial (2018). Her work is currently on view at the MCA Chicago exhibition Dependent Objects. Kang lives and works in Seoul.
Suki Seokyeong Kang on her latest solo exhibition, Square See Triangle, at Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, 2019-2020