Annette Hur


Annette Hur (b.1984) currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her BFA from Ewha Women’s University, The University of Chicago and her MFA from Columbia University. She began to get noticed after she was invited to participate in the special exhibition ‘King Woman’ at the Urban Zen Center by Donna Karan in New York, an exhibition dedicated to the importance of ‘International Women’s Day’. Using large-scale oil paintings and abstractions of Korean silk fabrics, she explores the culture’s unconscious manipulation and subversion of female sexuality through the patriarchal environment, domestic violence, and depression she was exposed to while growing up. Heavily abstracted shapes mimic body forms, viscera, and the color of wounds on the surface, creating a tension between the physical body and the everyday violence around it. As a result, the overall image is abstract, but it tells a story about the physical experience of being exposed to an unsafe environment: fingers, cuts, vomit. Choosing a method to express vulnerability as strength, rejection as acceptance, and reveal what is hidden, the artist has had solo exhibitions at Hess Flatow Gallery, Shin Gallery, and Ross+ Kramer Gallery.

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