Over the course of three months, Korean painter and sculptor Suh Yongsun will transform the New Project Studio into a workshop and community space for discussions and creativity. He will explore public, social, and political issues in present-day Korea while developing a visual discourse of his time creating in Alexandria. Presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
Located in Studio 8, the New Project Studio is a community-focused arts incubator offers short-term space for creatives to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance visitor engagement.
Join us on Friday, December 15 for a reception and live performance, as part of Torpedo Factory’s Late Shift: STEAM-Powered December, 7 pm – 11 pm.
7 – 8 pm: Reception with Suh Yongsun, the Korean Cultural Center, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
8 pm and 9 pm: Live Performance by Three EyEs
9 pm – 11 pm: Workshops with Suh Yongsun in the New Project Studio
About Suh Yongsun:
Suh Yongsun is a Korean painter and sculptor. In his art he mainly portrays human existence.
In his art, Suh brings together traditional Korean styles with Western and especially European influences such as German Expressionism and Francis Bacon. He explores various subjects including portrait, scenery, history, war, myth and etc, but he is most well known for his work expressing humanity in a metropolitan environment, as well as his historical series that depicts historical accidents. During his residency at Torpedo Factory, he will continue to explore the intersections between Korean and American culture through the lens of the immigrant experience.
About Three EyEs:
live music by gamin
movement by Jungwoon Kim, Germaine Ingram
This improvised trio, using movement, traditional instruments, and voice, will draw Suh Youngsun’s color and thematic palate out into the various spaces of the mall, giving unsuspecting audiences a three-dimensional impression of the exhibition. We will invite audiences to connect our movements and sounds to an experience with Suh Youngsun’s work inside the gallery.
gamin is a distinguished soloist who tours the world performing both traditional korean music as well as cross-disciplinary collaborations. Her main instrument is the piri, a double reed instrument similar to the oboe. She also plays the taepyeonso(a double-reed horn) and saenghwang(a type of mouth organ). What sets her apart from others is her interest in contemporary music and contemporary improvisation; in Korea, she is an innovative pioneer.
gamin is constantly moving forward and pushing the limit to “invent” new sonorities from a rather limited and ancient. gamin recently appeared in Cross-Cultural Improvisation, Workshops & Performances in New York City, such as ISIM (sponsored by Korea Council 2013), Vision Festival 2014. Gamin also has been selected as Artist-in-Residence sponsored by Korean government in 2011, 2012, as well as the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) of Rockefeller Foundation in 2014, and scheduled to be appeared in Flushing Town Hall, Korean Cultural Service NY & LA, Roullette theatre, Korea Society in NY etc.
she is *Yisuja, official holder of the Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 46 for Classical Court Music, Classical Piri Music and Daechita (royal military music). In addition to her artistic endeavor, she dedicates herself to academic studies. She got a DMA in Korean traditional music at Seoul National University.
Born and raised in South Korea, Jungwoong Kim has been a dancer, choreographer, designer, and film editor for more than 20 years. He has extensive training in martial arts and Korean traditional dance and ritual, both of which strongly inform his artistic vision and aesthetic. He studied Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros, and has done CI performance with Katie Duck, Kurt Koegel, Hiekyoung Blanz, Kristie Simpson, Karen Nelson, Chris Aiken, Germaine Ingram, Leah Stein, Marion Ramirez, among others.
Since 2014 he has been an artist in residence at Asian Arts Initiative (AAI), a major arts and culture center based in Philadelphia. Through this residency he received a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant to support his performance works. He was awarded a 2015 multi-year grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for the creation of SaltSoul, a multi-disciplinary creative/performance project. Further, he was nominated for a 2017 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and received a 2017 Bilateral Dance Artist Exchange Residency in Budapest, Hungary through Philadelphia Dance Projects. He has taught improvisation and CI at numerous universities and independent workshops in the U.S., Europe, Japan and South Korea; he is currently on the faculty of the Headlong Performance Institute in Philadelphia.
Germaine Ingram is a Philadelphia PA-based jazz tap dancer, choreographer, song writer, vocal/dance improviser, oral historian and cultural strategist. She creates evening-length pieces that explore themes related to history, collective memory, and social justice, and designs arts/culture projects that explore community cultural history. She collaborates with artists from diverse traditions and disciplines, including jazz/experimental music composers, site-specific choreographers, and dance improvisers. Her work has been supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Humanities, the Independence, Leeway, Lomax Family, and Wyncote Foundations, and the Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts and Humanities. Among other awards, she was a 2010 Pew Foundation Fellow in the Arts, a Leeway Foundation Transformation Awardee, and a 2014 resident fellow at the Sacatar Institute in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil. A former civil rights and trial lawyer, law professor and urban school district executive, she has served on many boards and steering committees dedicated to education reform, arts education, and advancing social change through arts and culture.