Growing up in South Korea with a strict moral code influenced my interest in using symbols to communicate, as the message is disguised through another language only those that know could understand. My background studies of graphic design further enhanced my knowledge of how to utilize color, line, shape, and form, so that I can manipulate, cut up, and reshape the context of what the viewer is seeing. With clay I find that I am able to create sculpture that remains abstract yet references the human form, which I understand to be complex and exists with many layers composed of histories, experiences and emotions. Through the mash up of 2-D and 3-D work I explore issues relative to my life, including gender binaries, and how memory affects our perception, and conscious decision making.
Jinsik Yoo is a figurative ceramic sculptor from Daejon, South Korea. He received his BFA in graphic design from Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. He then worked as a graphic designer before returning to Konkuk University as a special graduate student studying ceramics. Yoo then moved to the United States in 2017 to pursue his MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has exhibited and presented nationally and internationally. His studio practice involves translating photographs into paintings, which are then spliced and reassembled into three dimensional forms.
2019 M.F.A, Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York
2016 Special Student (Graduate Level), Ceramic art, Konkuk University
2012 B.F.A Communication/Graphic Design, Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea
2020 Instructor, Decorative Tile, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Wellsville, NY
Resident Artist, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Wellsville, NY
2019 Resident Artist, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Wellsville, NY
2017 Instructor, ‘Big data and social marketing-graphic design class’ Job academy
(Ministry of Employment and Labor & Human Resources Development Service of Korea)
PRESENTATIONS, TALKS, PANELS, AND WORKSHOPS:
2019 2019 Artist presentation, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Wellsville, NY
Clay as Foundation. Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Colombia.
Clay as Foundation. Museum of Arqueology, Bogota, Colombia.
2018 10th Ceramic Forum, Grand Valley State University, MI.
2020 NCECA Grand Valley Forum, Richmond, VA - delayed
2019 Juried Clay National V. Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.
Gestures. Fosdick‐Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY.
Kilns of Alfred: Transactions with Fire. Alfred Ceramic Art Museum. Alfred, NY.
Clay As Foundation. Campos de Gutiérrez, Medellin, Colombia.
2018 Trestle Draw National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts NCECA
Concurrent Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA.
Small Scale Bake Shale, NCECA Concurrent Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA.
2016 Konkuk Ceramic Art Exhibition, KCDF (Korea Craft & Design Foundation) 1 gallery
Seoul, South Korea
2014 Art and Crafts Show, Create Space Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2010 823 Illustration Group Exhibition, Multi Art Space Ga-Hwa, Seoul, South Korea
Ga-Hwa Drawing Project 2010, Multi Art Space Ga-Hwa, Seoul, South Korea
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS AND AWARD
2019 Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred, NY
Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Colombia.
2014 A Participation Prize, The 50Th National Competition
Korean Industrial Artists’ Association
A Juried PRIZE, THE 2014 KOREAN CERAMICS COMPETITION
Incheon City cultural association
A Juried Prize, The 33rd Seoul Modern Ceramics Competiton
Seoul Sinmoon Newspaper Co., Ltd