Myung Gyun You, TIME TRAVEL
Photo courtesy of Caitlin Beattie
Friday, August 21, 2015 to Sunday, November 1, 2015


What kind of energy exists within human society?

I have always been attracted to questions about human identity. What is the concept of nationality? Why must each person belong to one place or another? How does history and the spirit of each age relate with one's personal life? These questions are still constantly in the background of my art-making.

I see human life and civilization as belonging to the natural world. Things come from nothing and disappear back into nothing. There is only energy existing, because everything is changing, each moment like an Infinite Evolution.

How do I see and think?

Cognitive systems control is the way. These systems may be shared across the frameworks of contemporary culture and across regions. Or perhaps my cognitive world lies in contradiction to the culture surround me. I would like to stand off line from the ways of thinking imposed on me by culture, so I may objectively explore my world and my roots. Then I could be a freeman who travels flow through infinity time, released from systems of thinking.  


Myung Gyun You is a sculptor and painter. He was born and raised in the city of Busan, South Korea. He earned BFA from Busan University and MFA from Tama Art University in Tokyo. He lived in Tokyo, Japan, for eight years between 1987 and 1995. Although he began his artistic career as a sculptor, You currently spends most of his time making paintings and creating large-scale installation projects.  You has had solo exhibitions in numerous galleries, including Seoul: Keumsan Gallery; Busan: Gallery604; Tokyo: Gallery Q. His work has been shown in many group exhibitions, including at Saatchi Gallery, the National Tokyo Modern Art Museum, Sonje Museum, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, and Socrates Sculpture Park.  You has received many prizes and awards, including Object Tokyo Exhibition, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, E.A.F Socrates Sculpture Park, Art Omi Fellowship.  Myung Gyun You currently lives in North Philadelphia and works in The Papermill Studio also in Philadelphia, PA. - See more at: http://www.cfeva.org/fellow-profile/myung-gyun-you-fellow#sthash.wUM8MsW...


An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 21 from 5:30 - 9:00pm at 6300 Fifth Avenue.