Gyun Hur earned a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Georgia in 2006 and an M.F.A. in sculpture from SCAD in 2009. She has been included in solo exhibitions at Gallery Stokes, Atlanta, Georgia (2009); Get This! Gallery, Atlanta (2010); and forthcoming Mosnart, Chicago, Illinois (2011). She has also been included in group exhibitions at Moore College, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (2005); High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2007); Le Flash, Atlanta (2008-09); Naxal Belt, BETA Spaces, Bushwick, New York (2010); and Jacqueline Casey, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, Georgia (2010). Hur has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont (2008); New York City Workspace Opportunity offered through SCAD, ArtLink and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York (2009); Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia (2010); and Ox-Bow Fall Artist-in-Residence, Saugatuck, Michigan (2010). Hur assisted on several projects including Le Flash (2008), assisted and performed in the SCAD exhibition "Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment," directed by Carrie Mae Weems, Atlanta, (2008), and assisted research for Performa 09 Commission Project, Omer Fast, New York (2009). She is the recent recipient of the of the 2010 $50,000 Hudgens Prize. She lives and works in Atlanta.
In this piece She Prays Happiness, collected silk flowers are carefully disassembled and hand-shredded by the artist and a community of people around her. Re-contextualizing a cultural reference of these colors of saek-dong that are believed to drive out a bad luck, the artist creates an aesthetic space that imposes on issues of culture, beliefs and aesthetics. - from Gyun Hur website
Born in Brownsville, Texas, in 1982, and raised in Gainesville, Florida, White began studying painting at the University of Florida on an athletic scholarship in 2000. In 2001 she transferred to University of Colorado at Boulder to run on an athletic scholarship and study sculpture. After a year of competing for the university, she decided to give up the scholarship and focus completely on studying art. White took a year off from school and took classes in welding while working odd jobs before attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. Her interests progressed from painting, to interactive sculpture, then installation. She graduated with a B.F.A in painting from SCAD in June 2007. She lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with husband Steven Speir.
The arts as early as the fourth century of the Byzantine era through the early Gothic period of the 12th century were created and commissioned for the sole use of the church. Most artists of this time were limited to creating images that were deemed "useful" to extend the gospels to the poor and illiterate, including the visual depictions of the Old and New Testaments in places of worship. During the end of the Gothic period a more pluralistic view of art emerged.
In the early 19th century a phrase was coined: "art for art's sake," which became a sort of mantra for the creative individuals of that era. This new movement meant a total disengagement of art from any religious, moral or utilitarian function, art meant to stand alone as a means unto itself.
My work is an attempt to wrestle with these two approaches, creating out of the struggle to join my personal faith in God into my mixture of influences: insecurities, doubts, vanities and culture. The work is an exploration of theology and imagination, with Christ working through chaos and diluted ethos to establish hope, a reconciler for the graceful and the grotesque. - from Hilary White website