July 27, 2015
By Belinda Chun
George Jae Hyun Cho – Artist Bio
Originally from Seoul, Korea, George Jae-Hyun Cho earned his BFA in Ceramics from NSCAD University and a Diploma in Ceramics from Sheridan College. He was awarded the NSCAD-Lunenburg Community Studio Residency position in 2010 and was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence. Upon completing the contract with Harbourfront, he will be pursuing an MFA in Ceramics at West Virginia University beginning this September in Jingdezhen, China.
The displacement of familiarity brings forth transformations out of necessity, insecurity, or sentimentality. While universal experiences can take a unique personal manifestation, Cho was marked by adopting a new culture, where he searches for self-identity directed by the medium of ceramics.
Through cultural understanding and adaptation, Cho seeks to find harmony within his personal and artistic struggles to transcend tradition but to also rediscover the spirit of tradition. Challenging the notion of utility and the virtue of classical beauty, the presence and absence of the metaphysical qualities of pottery are explored through deconstruction of ideas and forms. Currently, Cho’s work brings simple utilitarian objects to mimic iconic pottery forms and explore the notion of the ordinary into something unique and virtuous. With this new series of work, Cho continue to investigate the intersection between art and craft, everyday objects and the spectacle.
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Born 1981, Seoul Korea
2015-2018 West Virginia University; M.F.A. Candidate in Ceramics
2008-2010 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; B.F.A. in Ceramics
2005-2008 Sheridan Institute of Technology &Advanced Learning; Adv. Dipl. in Ceramics
Gallery House, Toronto Canada (Solo)
12 Trees: 30 under 30; Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts; Toronto, Canada (Group)
Site Installation; Queen Specific Gallery; Toronto, Canada (Group)
Making Arrangement; Harbourfront Centre; Toronto, Canada (Group)
Materialize; Craft Ontario Gallery; Toronto, Canada (Group)
LOCALE; Artport Gallery; Harbourfront Centre; Toronto, Canada (Group)
Studious; Main Gallery, Harbourfront Centre; Toronto, Canada (Group)
Artists Without Borders; Mu Fei Gallery; Jingdezhen, China (Group)
Chronos; Missisauga Living Arts Centre Gallery; Mississauga, Canada (Group)
Tucker’s Pottery Award of Merit, Mississauga Potter’s Guild
Access and Career Development Grant; Ontario Arts Council
Spectrum Award; Toronto Potters Guild
Craft Community of Canada Award; NSCAD Nomination