We are delighted to present a Cloud Plinth-Seat series by New York-based ceramic artist Yoon-Young Hur.
Hur creates ceramics and paintings rooted in Korean heritage and experiments on materiality, form and site specificity. Drawn to historical artefacts and contemporary minimalism, she seeks to create a dialogue between the past and the now. In this series, she reinterprets her practice and transforms it into furniture.
Cloud Plinth-Seat is inspired by historic ceramics such as Maebyeong celadon from the Goryeo period (917-1391) and Moon Jar from the Joseon period (1392-1897). The pieces are formed in their entirety using a coiling technique. “Coiling is an ancient process that is found across various cultures of the world. It has a more primitive and open spirit to it, which I try to express through explorative textures and imperfect forms. I feel it is more natural and honest that way,” says the artist.
She invites the viewer to feel as if he or she is sitting on boulder or cloud, in nature, bringing the outside in. There’s a sense simultaneity of heaviness and lightness — the weighty clay form grounds us while the cloudy surface evokes the sky’s etherealness.
Also there is a sense of void and emptiness in her work. Hur says, “in Korean heritage, the void is considered a generative space, one that speaks to something beyond the artwork itself. It opens up the viewer’s senses to the ever-changing environment in which the objects dwell.
Yoon-Young Hur holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture (2010).
Photos © Piet-Albert Goethals