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Eunkang Koh
Reno, NV



ARTIST STATEMENT: The human condition has been the main source of motivation in my art. I draw from the human circumstances that flourish between reality and perception. Born and raised in the Korean myth culture and adopting Buddhist philosophy, I assume that the world we are living is not real but is an illusion that we perceive. I doubt that there is anything like truth in a concrete sense. We believe that humans are at the top of the hierarchy in our ecological system. We are trained to behave and pretend in specific ways in order to fit into mainstream society. Many people are not conscious of the fact that humans are just another kind of animal, with animal instincts. We want to eat, excrete, protect ourselves, and also attack others. When we regard the physical manifestations of the world as true, they can be seductive because we see and feel them. I see these “facts” as illusions. We are set and programmed to see certain images rather than the real. Therefore, I am creating my own reality within this context. My images are my way of seeing reality in this human world without pretense. I choose to depict our society through metaphor and satire. Drawing from this philosophical background, I create characters that have a combination of human and animal features. In doing so, I strive to convey the world we live in without the pretense that human behavior is altogether different from animal behavior. We are more like animals than we think we are. I create the hybrids in order to express the absurdity of human behavior. My characters produce ironic gestures that simultaneously evoke humor and the grotesque. The creatures are symbolic of those humans who are dimwitted and un-knowing, or who choose not to see anything beyond the ‘facts’ that they are taught.
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EDUCATION

2006 - 2003 California State University, Long Beach, Master of Fine Arts
1999 - 2001 Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea, Master of Arts
1994 - l998 Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea, Bachelor of Fine Arts.

SOLO EXHIBITION

2011 •A Study of Human Behavior, Hass Gallery, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, PA

2010 •A Study of Human Mannerisms- Their Self-Indulgence In the Social Structure,
Speedom Gallery, Kyang Myung City, Korea
•Human Mannerisms : Prints and Book Arts,
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV
•We,Us, Humans, Litteman &White Gallery, Portland, OR

2009 •Cityscape- Landscapes of Human Mannerisms, Greenleaf Gallery, Whittier, CA

2008 •Eunkang Koh and Michelle Knox, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
•Humanscape, The Lab Gallery, San Francisco, CA
•Koh and McCommick: Two Generations of Printmakers,
McKinley Art Center, Reno, NV
•Cityscape, Oats Park Art Center, Fallon, NV

2007 •Humanscape, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV
•Human Nature, Red Mountain Gallery, Truckee Meadow Community College, Reno, NV
•Hybrids, Stevenson Union Gallery, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

2006 •Hairy Tales, Main Gallery, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE
•Gallery Yeahwa, Torrance, CA

2005 •Hairy Tales 2, Gatov Gallery, CSULB, Long Beach, CA

2004 •Hairy Tales, UC Gallery, University of Montana, MT
•Beyond Reach, two person show, Alternative Space Bistro Venezia, Venice, CA

2001 •Han Seo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2000 •Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea

1999 •Dam Gallery, Seoul, Korea


GROUP EXHIBITION

2011 •Myself, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV

2010 •Art For the Art, City of Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, CA
•Convergence-Korean Print Show, Williams Tower Gallery, Lubbock, TX
•Printmaking& Bookarts, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
•Do you know Bolivia?/Conoces Bolivia,
Museo de Artes Contemporaneas Plaza, Bolivia
• interchange, Adirondack Community College, Queenbury, NY
•Human Book, Centro Civico Pati Llimona, Barcelona, Spain
•Crossing Over, Making Contact, Northwest Reno Library, Reno, NV
•Reinventing History, GASA House, Reno, Nevada

2009 •Anthropology: Revisited, Reinvented, Reinterpreted, Central Booking, Brooklyn,
NY
•Formations, Republic, Brooklyn, NY
•Annual Bird Beak, Headquarter Studio, New York City, NY
•The Stream of International Print, Anyang Albaroshija Hall, Anyang, Korea
•Inauguration, Art: Raw Gallery, New York City, NY
•International Print Biennial Verna, Boris Georgiev Art Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria

2008 •Gifted, Cerasoli; Lebase Gallery, Culver City, CA
•Hong-Ik Printmakers, Kwan-Hoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
•Monumental Idea in Miniature Book, Travelling Group Exhibition
•6th Janet Turner National Print Competition& Exhibition, CSU Chico, CA
•The Mono Print Group 2008, James Snidle Fine Arts, Chico, CA
•Mini Print International of Cadaqués-traveling exhibition,
Taller Galleria Fort, Girona, Spain,
Farleys Yard Trust Gallery, East Sussex, England, UK,
L’ Etangd’ Art Gallery, Bages, France
•The Poca Hontas and Hello Kitty, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery,St. Lawrence University
in Canton, NY
•Stone&Plate&Grease&Water, Lantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Torfaen, Wales, UK

2007 •The Grant Artist Showcase, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV
•Print Matters, Ningbo Gallery, Shanghai, China
•HIPA/ The Capital Project: Work on Paper from Sydney& Seoul
National Art School Gallery, Sydney, Australia
•Mini Print International of Cadaqués-traveling exhibition,
Taller Galleria Fort, Girona, Spain,
Farleys Yard Trust Gallery, East Sussex, England, UK,
L’ Etangd’ Art Gallery, Bages, France
•6th LESSEDRA World Art Print Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria
•Printmaker’s Conspiracy, The Lyon Courthouse Gallery, NV
•B.O.D.Y., Studio, Reno, NV
•Visual Noise, UMC Art Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
•An International Printmaker’s Exchange,
University Gallery, University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL
•A Gathering of Printmakers 53 Artist from Across the United States and Abroad
The Gorman Museum, University of California, Davis, CA
•Stone&Plate&Grease&Water-International Contemporary Lithography,
Museum for Modern Art for Wales, Wales, UK, Bankside Gallery, London, UK,
The Naughton Gallery, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
•Art from A to Z, UMC Art Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

2006 •Inklandia, Reuff Gallery, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
•The Poca Hontas and Hello Kitty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 6th Floor Wall
Gallery, Madison, WI
•Remoteviewing 3, The Village at Squaw Valley, CA
•Fortnight, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA
•5th LESSEDRA World Art Print Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria
•6th Janet Turner National Print Competition & Exhibition, CSU Chico, CA
•Pacific States Biennial National Print, University of Hawaii at Hilo, HI

2005 •All Media 2005, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
•Marginalia, Reuff Gallery, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
•Madison National 2005, Madison Morgan Center, Madison, GA
•Top Choice, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
•Transferring Ink in the West, The Art Center at Fallbrook, Fallbrook, CA

2005 •Art LA, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
•Works on Paper, Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA

2004 •Over Hung, Concrete Wall, Los Angeles, CA
•Works on Paper, Providence Art Club, RI
•Works on Paper, University of Hawaii at Hilo, HI
•Art By Asian Women, Group Show, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
•Are We Not Me?, The Office, Huntington Beach, CA
•Ink Under Pressure, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
•Card Game Show, Munhwa Il Bo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
•Emerging Los Angeles Printmakers, Gallery 164, Slippery Rock University, PA
•Blueprint, 734 Gallery, UW-Madison, Madison, WI
•Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition, University of Hawaii at Hilo, HI
•5thJanet Turner National Print Competition & Exhibition, CSU Chico, CA
•Humanimal, Viento y Agua Gallery, Long Beach, CA

2003 •$200 Show, Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
•Human Beast Show, Gatov Gallery, CSULB, CA
•Ex-Libris, Samsung Convention Center, Seoul, Korea
•Poppy Show, Pavo Real Gallery, CA

2003 •Shin Chon Esprit, Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea
•Socalseoul, Hong Ik University and CSULB, Long Beach, CA

2002 •Printmaker’s Juried Exhibition, Gatov Gallery, CSULB, Long Beach, CA

2001 •Korean Contemporary Printmakers Association, Metropolitan Museum, Seoul, Korea
•Free Art Free, Skydoor, Tokyo, Japan
•Ex-Libris, Kwan Hoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
•Exhibition of Hong-Ik Printmakers Association, Kwan Hoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
•The 7th Exhibition of Uttering from Young Artists,
Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Korea
•Frontier, Hyun Min Hall, Yokohama, Japan
2000 •Relay, Relay, Art Inside, Seoul, Korea
•Shin-Chon Esprit, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea
•Kranj Art World Festival, Kranj, Slovenia
•The young wind from Korea, Seira Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
•Hong-Ik Printmakers Association, Sang Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1999 •Korea & Japan Exchange, Seica University, Japan
•Shin-Chon Esprit, Doll Art Center, Seoul, Korea
•Korean Contemporary Printmakers Association, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Korea
•Paper, Press & Print, Doll Art Center, Seoul, Korea

1998 •Korean Contemporary Printmakers Association, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Korea


RESIDENCIES

2009 •Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium, From May 25 to June 1


PUBLICATIONS/ REVIEWS/ INTERVIEWS

2011 •I am Art, January 16, Reno Gazette-Journal
•Portraits of The Artists, January 20, Reno News and Review

2010 •Eunkang Koh’s Wildside/Assholes,
Central Booking Magazine, NYC, September, 2010
•Seis ofertas para virvir un jueves a todo ritmo, eldeber.com.bo, June

2009 •Professor’s Work Display at Prestigious Liberal Art College,
Nevada News, September
•Prints from Five Continents Featured at UIU Exhibit, Upper Iowa University,
August
•Living with Lithography, Culture Northernireland.org, March

2008 •Humanscape, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, August 13-19, 2008
•NY Arts Magazine, March/April, 2008
•Reno Magazine, March, 2008
•Arts 365, January to March, School of the Arts, University of Nevada Reno, NV

2007 •Studio 4th, B.O.D.Y. Sierra Arts Vol 34, No 3 April 2007
•Oh, the Humanity!, Reno News & Reviews, Volume 13, November
29/ December 5, 2007
•Professor Reincarnates Buddhism in Exhibit, Nevada Sagebrush,
November 27, 2007
•International Printmaker’s Exchange, Arbus, January/February, 2007
•Arts 365, September to December, School of the Arts,
University of Nevada Reno, NV

2006 •California Artist Displaying Works at Chadron State College,
The Chardon Record, Saturday, January 13, 2007
•CSC Eagle Newspaper, March 12, 2007
•Eunkang Koh- Fit to Print, Reno News and Review, September, 2006,
Reno, NV


ARTIST LECTURE/ VISITING ARTIST

2010 •Holland Edition, Holland Project, Reno, NV
• Artist Talk, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV

2009 •Artist Opening Talk, Whittier College, Whittier, CA
•Visiting Artist Talk, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

2008 •MONOPRINT 2008 Visiting Artist, California State University, Chico, CA

2007 •Sheppard Gallery, Reno, NV

2004 •UC Gallery, University of Montana, MT


 








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