There Is No Beginning, There Is No End
There Is No Beginning, There Is No End My artwork explores and reinterprets ceramic art history to build a personal narrative based on notions of culture, identity and time. I embrace both past and present through these themes creating work that shares a reverence for tradition but reflects a contemporary perspective. This particular body of work draws influence from Korean art and design. Clouds are a ubiquitous symbol depicted in traditional Korean art. I am interested in the way in which they represent a phenomenon that is constantly in flux. Their nature to morph and adapt is similar to the way I relate to my own floating sense of identity. This cultural reference is intended to serve as an anchor to point towards my own ethnic lineage, but also question my perception of belonging within or outside of it. The vessel itself also plays an important role in my work because of the multiple levels on which one can experience these objects. They can occupy roles ranging from functional to metaphorical and provide both an accessible and familiar entry point. Most of the pieces originate from historical Korean forms and like the clouds, reference art forms from my ancestral roots. However, beyond that, I have been ruminating on why I am so drawn towards making these objects. I realized that this act of digging into the past is a yearning to seek a sense of belonging. It’s a search for a sense of self through the context of ceramic history. While my work is several degrees removed from its origin and even falls short of the glory radiated by those historical objects, I feel a deeper connection to making than I ever have before. The title of the show, “There is no beginning, there is no end” isx a quote from my father who was pondering his own mortality. He was referencing stories in books as an analogy for our lives and how they only reveal a glimpse of a longer story. There is always a “before” and “after” that is implied but impossible to share. Change is constant and life is perpetually recycling itself while we experience just a blip along this eternal state. The representations of the natural world in my work are reminders of the passage of time and the impermanence of all things.
Front Cover: Cloudscape Emergence 2017 porcelaine, platinum luster 12 by 23 by 6 in.
Cloud Bottle 2017 stoneware 9 by 13 by 7 in.
Cloud Platter 2017 stoneware, 22k gold luster 4 by 22 by 16 in.
Cloud Moon Jar 2017 stoneware 13 by 13 by 13 in.
Cloud Yunomi 2017 stoneware, 22k gold, platinum, and copper luster 4 by 3.5 by 3.5 in. eac
Cloud Pear 2017 stoneware, copper luster 11.5 by 7 by 5 in.
Cloud Flask 2017 stoneware 10 by 8.5 by 5.5 in.
Mountain Gourd Bottle 2017 porcelain 13 by 6 by 6 in.
Mountainscape 2017 porcelain 10 by 21 by 7.5 in.
owering Mountain Bottle 2017 porcelain 13 by 8 by 8 in.
Flared Cloud Vase 2017 lain, 22k gold/platinum luster 16.5 by 10 by 9.5 in.
Cloudscape Passage 2017 porcelain, platinum luster 10.25 by 25 by 8 in.
Cloud Moon Jar 2017 porcelain 12.75 by 12 by 13 in.
Cloud Flask 2017 porcelain 9.5 by 10 by 7 in.
Cloud Flask 2017 porcelain 9 by 9 by 4.5 in.
Cloudscape Emergence 2017 porcelain 14.25 by 18 by 9 in.
Cloud Pear Bottle 2017 porcelain 13.25 by 8 by 7.25 in.
Cloud Flask 2017 porcelain 13.5 by 13.5 by 5.5 in.
Cloud Gourd Bottle 2017 porcelain 12.25 by 6.5 by 5.5 in.
Cloud Gourd Bottle 2017 porcelain 14 by 7 by 6 in.
Cloud Bottle 2017 porcelain 110 by 13.5 by 8.25 in.
Flared Cloud Vase 2017 porcelain 16.5 by 9 by 8 in.
Cloud Cups 2017 porcelain, 22k gold, platinum, and copper luster 3 by 3 by 3 in. each
Cloud Teapot: Suns / Orange Clouds 2017 porcelain 5.5 by 7 by 5.5 in. / 6 by 7 by 5 in.
Cloud Ewer 2017 porcelain 8 by 6.5 by 4 in.
Education 1994-97 MFA in Ceramics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 1988-1992 BA in Studio Art, Concentration: Ceramics, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN Solo Exhibitions 2017 2014 2013 2011 2010 2009 2006 2004 2003 2002
There Is No Beginning, There Is No End, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA Sam Chung: Skyscapes, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO Float, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS Place/Setting, Greenwich House Pottery-Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY Sam Chung, AKAR, Iowa City, IA Sam Chung, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT Sam Chung: New Forms, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO Sam Chung, AKAR, Iowa City, IA Sam Chung: Contained Places, The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY Sam Chung: The Language of Line and Function, Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ Sam Chung, AKAR, Iowa City, IA Sam Chung - Hard/Soft: Porcelain Forms, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA Sam Chung, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Group Exhibitions 2017 Summer Group Exhibition, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA Harvey Meadows, Aspen, CO Narratives In Clay, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA Gallery 19, Chicago, IL 2016 Small Treasures, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM Annual Group Exhibition, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA SOFA: Sculptural Objects, Functional Art+Design Fair, Represented by Tansey Contemporary ( Santa Fe, NM), Navy Pier, Chicago, IL Invitational Ceramics, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA Focus: VESSEL/The Vessel in Ceramics and Porcelain, 8th Ceramics Talent Award of the Naussauische Sparkasse/2016, Juried, Keramik Museum Westerwald, Hรถhr-Grenzhausen, Germany 40th Anniversary Show, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL Maximum Craft, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2015 The 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, International Juried, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, South Korea Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses, Houston Center of Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX Far and Familiar: Steven Lee, Sam Chung and Sun Koo Yuh, Duane Reed Gallery, St.Louis, MO 2014 Anderson Ranch: Mentoring Artistic Excellence, SOFA-Sculptural Objects, Functional Art+Design Art Fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, International Juried, Michael Seiler Gallery, Zanesville, OH 50 from 6: Contemporary Ceramic Art from Six Rocky Mountain States, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT Planes of Clay: Gerd Hiort Peterson & Sam Chung, Ann Linneman Studio Gallery, Copehnagen, Denmark 2013 Contemporary Spins on Blue and White, Invitational, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA New Century Modern, Invitational Traveling Exhibition, The University Galleries, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX Cumulus Dreams: Sam Chung, Christa Assad, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO 2012 Earth & Alchemy, Bakalar & Paine Galleries-MassArt, Boston, MA The Language of Line, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL Black and White, Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, Montana 2011 Tea for Two, Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan, Italy 2011 NCECA Biennial, International Juried, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL Alchemy: From Dust to Form, National Juried, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL 2010 The Vase and Beyond: The Sidney Swidler Collection of Ceramics, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA The Defining Edge, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC Comicalramics, (Sam Chung, Meredith Host, Kevin Snipes), Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO 2009 The Form of Function, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA From the Studio, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA Sam Chung / Christa Assad, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO 2008 Functional Variations, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Exquisite Pots: Six Degrees of Collaboration, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN Rising Stars-10 Years, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO Beauty Sandwich, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM potPOURri: Pots that Pour, Art Center, Port Chester, NY 2007 Ceramics for Breakfast; Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner, International Juried, New Fiera Milano Exhibition Centre - MACEF International Home Show, Collaboration with Peter Pless (product designer) on Cup & Saucer Design, Milan, Italy
The New Aesthetics of Ceramics, Huntington University, The Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Hunting ton, IN 2006 The Art of Tea, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO Tactile Appeal, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR 30/30, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL 2005 Diverse Domain-Contemporary North American Ceramic Art, organized by NCECA, Taipei County Yingge Museum, Taipei, Taiwan NCECA 2005 Clay National Exhibition, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD FĂŞte 05 Tour de Clay, NCECA Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 2004 Asian American Ceramics, Kentucky Museum of Arts+Design, Louisville, KY Service: An Unconventional Approach, Chester Springs Center for the Visual Arts, Chester Springs, PA 2004 Biennial Ceramics Invitational, Parkland College â€“ Art Gallery, Champaign, IL Form+Function: New Works by Sam Chung and Kristen Kieffer, Two-Person Show, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD 2003 21st Century Ceramics, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale 2003 Korea, International Competition, Incheon World Ce ramic Center, Honorable Mention, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea SOFA New York, 7th Regiment Armory, work represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (Kansas City, Missouri), New York, NY 2002 Edinboro University National Ceramics Invitational, Invitational, Bruce Gallery-Edinboro Univer sity, Edinboro, PA Sam Chung and Virginia Scotchie, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO 2001 Contemporary Chamber Pot Exhibition, The Pottery Workshop, Hong Kong, China 25 Select 25, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL National Clay Invitational, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC 2000 SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, work represented by Gallery Materia (Scottsdale, Arizona), Chicago, IL Emerging Artists, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA The Spirit of Porcelain, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute- Fine Arts Department Gallery, Jingde zhen, China Sidney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Award, International Juried, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Australia A Touch of Porcelain, Traveling Exhibition: Red Rocks Community College, Denver, Colorado, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1999 Teapot Invitational, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA SOFA New York, 7th Regiment Armory, work represented by Gallery Materia (Scottsdale, Arizo na), New York, NY Porcelain, Gallery 1021: Lill Street, Chicago, IL
Sidney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Award, International Juried, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Australia 1998 Domestic Pottery Exhibition, Gallery Materia - The Hand and The Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ Lidded Forms/Contained Spaces, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI 1997 Arizona Biennial â€˜97, Tucson Museum of Art, Catherine Lancaster Award, Tucson, AZ Graduate Ceramics, M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Joanne Rapp Gallery - The Hand and the Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ NCECA Regional Student Show, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV 1996 New Generation Graduate Exhibition, Shaw/Guido Gallery, Pontiac, MI Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, New Cumberland, PA Container/Containment, National Society of Arts & Letters, Laumeir Sculpture Park and Muse um, St. Louis, Missouri, and Shemer Art Gallery, Phoenix, AZ 1995 Witchita National, Witchita Art Center, Witchita KS Bacchus Vessels, San Francisco Folk Art and Craft Museum, San Francisco, CA Professional Experience 2007-Present 1998-2007
Associate Professor of Ceramics, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Associate Professor of Art and Design - Ceramics, Northern Michigan University - De partment of Art & Design, Marquette, MI
Awards/Honors/Fellowships 2016 Jean Griffith Fellowship, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA 2014 Awarded 2nd Place, Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, International Juried Show, Zanesville, OH 2013 Herberger Institute Research Council Project Funding Grant, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 2008 Arizona State University, Herberger College of the Arts â€“ Research and Creativity Activity Grant, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 2004 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and International Ceramic Center (ICC), Awarded Artist Residency in Skaelskor, Denmark 2002 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Emerging Artist, Kansas City, MO 2000 Faculty Research Grant, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI 1998 Faculty Teaching/Learning Research Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI 1997 Arizona Commission on the Arts - Professional Development Grant, Phoenix, AZ
Artist Residencies/Visiting Artist/Workshops 2017 2016 2014 2013 2009 2008 2005 2004 1997
92nd Street Y, New York, NY Florida Heat Surface 2017, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME Anderson Ranch Arts Center; Snowmass Village, CO
Permanent Collections Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX The American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Arizona State University, Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China Shepparton Art Gallery - La Trobe University. Shepparton, Australia. Sky Harbor International Airport, Ceramics Collection. Phoenix, AZ Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona University of Arkansas Fulllbright Ceramics Collection, Fayetteville, AK University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan
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