Clifford • Smith Gallery is pleased to announce its March
exhibition of new work by Youngsuk Suh entitled Instant Traveler.
There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, March 5, from
5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Youngsuk Suh's most recent work continues his exploration of the
vastness of America's National Parks—largely those in Hawaii.
His digitally altered images ignore the inherent real-time aspect
of photography by combining multiple exposures, taken over several
hours, into one final digital print. The artist spends weeks on
each image, composing the picture, subtly increasing the contrast
and tweaking the color balance—even choosing a paper that
allows the inks to softly bleed—to create a unique outsider/participant
view of American culture
The human beings in Suh's prints, as insignificant as ants, appear
as afterthoughts sprinkled across the terrain. In fact, they are
carefully chosen and placed for their color and position. There
is often a sense of isolation about the figures—typically
appearing in shorts and T-shirts, camera in hand—even when
they appear in rather crowded circumstances. In the final analysis
though, the strength of Suh’s work is its 21st century sense
of multiculturalism—not the fairy tales and myths of an unfamiliar
culture, but the realization that us is them and we are they.
Youngsuk Suh holds an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston, where he teaches large format photography and digital
printing. This is Youngsuk Suh's second solo exhibition at Clifford
• Smith Gallery.