Capriccio (an architectural fantasy)

Exhibit dates: May 15 – June 13, 2015

Capriccio (an architectural fantasy) by Sang-Mi Yoo focuses on the ideal home through prints, lasercut wool felts and their three-dimensional conversions. The reality of finding ideal home is explored through American norms. Her work is based on her childhood memories from Korea and everyday encounters of standardized residential buildings, including her West Texas living experience. Like an animal’s camouflage, this homogeneity provided her with a means to blend into her neighborhood. Her installations of large-format prints and lasercuts are based upon patterns created from cookie-cutter homes found in Lubbock, Houston and other global locations. The rows of houses and floorplans become abstract constructs subject to gravity and shadow play surrounding the materials, questioning whether the ideal home is a tangible subject or an illusion.

Korean-born artist Sang-Mi Yoo is an Associate Professor of Art at Texas Tech University, and received an MFA in printmaking from The Ohio State University and a BFA in painting from Seoul National University. Her creative activity features a 2014 AHL Foundation Visual Arts Prize (New York, NY), the 2012 Seacourt Print Workshop International Artist-in-Residence (Bangor, Northern Ireland), a 2010 Puffin Foundation Artist Grant, the 2009 Springfield Art Museum Purchase Award, exhibitions at the Museum of Printing History in Houston, the Moonshin Museum (Seoul, Korea), the Gyeongnam International Art Festival (Changwon, Korea) and the 2008 Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition (Christchurch, New Zealand), and museum collections at the Art Bank at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea, the Springfield Art Museum and The Museum of Texas Tech University, among others. She has also curated exhibitions including Convergence: Korean Prints Now, and organized collaborative events and conference panels.