BIO

Myung Gyun You is a sculptor and installation artist currently based in a farmhouse in Nebraska and traveling through the US. He earned a BFA from Busan University and an MFA from Tama Art University in Tokyo. Since 2013 he has been living in the US and traveling as a working artist, creating site specific, large scale installations, sculptural works, paintings, and experimental projects. The motivations behind his works are the intersections of humans and nature through the researching about a variety of phenomena in the geological history of earth. Recently, he has been experimenting making new works by using the soils collected from many different states. He has had solo exhibitions in Goyang Art Studio of National Museum and Purdue University and many group exhibitions at Saatchi Gallery, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Weatherspoon Museum, and Socrates Sculpture Park, among others.

STATEMENT

We speak about birth and death as if they are opposites; but the natural world shows us they are deeply connected, interrelated, reliant on one another. Birth and death create the cycles we live in and among. I witness this reality most clearly when I physically spend time in the natural world. While the stuff of our human society: education, culture, history, etc- are undeniably important as we grow, I find my truest freedom and most potent realizations when I am immersed in the woods, the air, the sky. I feel my animal and spiritual connection there, which feeds my creations.