Youngsuk Suh - instant traveler
march 5 - 27, 2004
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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.

For more information please e-mail the gallery or call 617.695.0255 


Youngsuk Suh

Haleakala National Park, Hawaii, I


iris print on somerset
velvet paper

35" x 47"


17" x 23"