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Artist Han Seok Hyun & MING Studios

By: Idaho Botanical Garden | 06/19/2018

MING Studios & Idaho Botanical Garden partner to bring new work by Korean Artist Han Seok Hyun to Boise

MING Studios and the Idaho Botanical Garden(IBG) bring acclaimed Korean artist Han Seok Hyun to Boise to create a new public sculpture. Han will create a sculpture in his Reverse-Rebirth series as he participates in MING Studio’s artist-in-residency program. The sculpture will be installed on the grounds of Idaho Botanical Garden.

Han Seok Hyun addresses the dichotomy of ”artificial nature,” calling attention to man’s handling of the natural world observable in contemporary urban environments. In Reverse-Rebirth, Han takes nature into his own hands. Reclaimed wood, discarded furniture, native plants, and locally foraged seeds compose the monumental tree-like sculpture that evolves over time and throughout the seasons. The work reaches for a symbiosis with the given environment, while Han pushes the boundaries of a domesticated relationship with Mother Nature.

“We are pleased to bring Han Seok Hyun to the Garden, and share his work with the community,” said Idaho Botanical Garden’s Executive Director Erin Anderson. “The Garden serves as an outdoor art gallery, and we exhibit many sculptures on the Garden grounds. We are thrilled to collaborate with MING Studios to bring Han Seok Hyun to Idaho!” This is the first arts-based partnership between MING Studios and the Idaho Botanical Garden, and it is hoped this will lead to future exhibitions.

Han Seok Hyun received his MFA from Korea National University of Arts, and his work has been exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Buk Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul), Total Museum of Art (Seoul), SPACEMOM Museum of Art (Cheongju), Pohang Museum of Art (Pohang),The Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (Gyunggido) and the Ilmin Museum of Art (Seoul). He has exhibited internationally in Germany, Scotland, the United States, Pakistan and South Korea.

“We are pleased to bring Han Seok Hyun to the Garden, and share his work with the community,” said Idaho Botanical Garden’s Executive Director Erin Anderson. “The Garden serves as an outdoor art gallery, and we exhibit many sculptures on the Garden grounds. We are thrilled to collaborate with MING Studios to bring Han Seok Hyun to Idaho!” This is the first arts-based partnership between MING Studios and the Idaho Botanical Garden, and it is hoped this will lead to future exhibitions.

MING Studios is a Contemporary Art Center and International Artist in Residency Program. Programs range from exhibitions showcasing the work of emerging and established international and local artists to art workshops, film screenings and cultural activities for all ages.

Idaho Botanical Garden is a nonprofit organization that provides a full garden experience for all ages that enhances community quality of life through plant collections, education programs, and entertainment, cultural and community events.

SCULPTURE OPENING:

Saturday, July 28, 7 PM at Idaho Botanical Gardens

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, July 21, 7 PM at MING Studios


DONATE MATERIAL:

Contribute to Han Seok Hyun’s project Reverse-Rebirth. Donate discarded furniture, reclaimed wood, seeds and plants at MING Studios.
Thursday, July 5 – Sunday, July 8, 11AM-6PM


CONTACT:

Kristen Cooper, MING Studios, Artist in Residency Program Director, kristen@mingstudios.org

Jason Morales, MING Studios, Founder, (208) 949-4365, jason@mingstudios.org

Richard Mussler-Wright, Idaho Botanical Garden, Member Relations Manager, (208) 275-8615, richard@idahobotanicalgarden.org