November 13, 2007

‘Field of Life’ examines the world
through the human body

Works by Jun Kyung Sun are part of the “Field of Life” exhibition coming to the Sacramento State Library Gallery. Works by Jun Kyung Sun are part of the “Field of Life” exhibition coming to the Sacramento State Library Gallery.

To the extent the human body contains and reflects life, it constitutes our world—the field of our existence. That philosophy will be explored by nine Korean artists in “Field of Life—The Body in Contemporary Korean Art,” running Dec. 7 through Feb. 29 at Sacramento State’s Library Gallery.

Curated by Koo Kyung Sook and her husband Ian Harvey, the free exhibition is composed of works by Koo Kyung Sook, Cha Ki Youl, Choi Won Jin, Gim Hyo Sook, Jun Kyung Sun, Kim Jae Hong, Kim Joon, Lim Mi Kang, and Yoon Yeo Geol.

Koo says she chose the artists not only because they all focus on the subject matter of the body, but also represent a variety of media, including sculpture, installations and photography.

Each of the artists approaches the body from a unique perspective, but there are currents and methodologies that create traces of their common culture.

Viewers might also find themes to which they can identify. As an example, the work of Cha Ki Youl shows how our bodies and very existence “are caught between the conflicting forces of civilization and the natural world,” Koo says.

Koo is a professor of art at Chungnam National University in Daejon, South Korea.

Harvey is an assistant professor of art at Sacramento State and has something of a companion exhibition running in the Library’s Annex Gallery from Dec. 4 through Jan. 11.

That show features works the couple created together over the last two years. It wasn’t originally set to run at the same time, but the Library’s schedule happened to have an opening. “Ian Harvey/Koo Kyung Sook, Collaborations,” also focuses on the body, “so the audience gets two shows with one strong subject,” Koo says.

“It’s really nice that it worked out that way,” Harvey says.

A reception for both exhibits will be held in the main gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.

The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. They will be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 for winter break.

For more information, call the Library Gallery at (916) 278-4189. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.