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Su Hyun Nam: Woven Milieu II

  • Location:
    AC Institute, 547 W. 27th St. #210, New York City, New York, New York, 10001, US

My work envisions the disintegration of tiny parts of the world. My video and installation pieces invite the viewer to look more carefully at the mutability of familiar landscapes and spaces. In my works, what I show is paradoxical dialogue between representation of image and the suggestion of contiguous context - which is an invisible, yet dynamic “presence”–, as well as between the buzzing real-world and its transformation to meditative mediations. I am investigating both the lingering presence of form and its infinite possibility for change.

As a foreigner in Chicago, I enjoy the solitary and invisible moments given to me as an urban traveler in this fast-paced city. Roaming around in Chicago, I spent last fall filming trees. During that time, I could explore the situation around me, acting like a tree–transfixed to one spot. I witnessed temporal events, people and cars passing by myself and my arboreal companions. I began to imagine urban space as a kind of weaving representing all different kinds of relationships in this city. Thus, the trees soon become my primary mode of creating a calming focal point in my composites of the cityscape, and my body acts as a spatiotemporal mediation in this city.
- Su Hyun Nam


Born in 1985, Su Hyun Nam is an interdisciplinary media artist currently based in Chicago, IL. Her work investigates daily mundane images and objects around us, deconstructing and reassembling not just to invite the viewer to look more carefully at the mutability of familiar landscapes, but also to create a new relationship between seemingly unrelated elements in the world. She exhibits her works internationally in USA, Greece, Singapore and Korea. Recently, she presented work in SIGGRAPH ASIA 2012 and had her first solo show, ‘String - Su Hyun Nam’ (2012) at HEX Gallery in Kansas City, MO. She has been invited to have lectures as a visiting artist in Workshop : Const with Miniatures (2010) and ATS Brown Bag Noontime Lecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). She received her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied in Art and Technology Studies.