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Shim Woohyun

Shim Woohyun's paintings are like a maze of familiar flowers, weeds, trees, forests, and ridges. Plants in nature that are overlapping in a dreamlike state are organically connected. The canvas, densely filled with drawing and colors, is like a mural resembling a gigantic forest or a maze. The forest is drowning in high noon, lengthening the time. Shim Woohyun's drawing is a movement of representation that proceeds simultaneously while acknowledging the mix of experiences as they are. This is because the overlapping and confusion of vague and indefinable images metaphorize the inner movement of the artist. Drawing itself becomes a metaphor for movement. Her drawings are suggestive, like shadows or illusions of reality. Drawing transforms events and matter into dreams and surreality. Drawing is a monumental device for her, whether it be human, nature, or the self, and it records and represents changes in intimate senses and emotions. The artist's paintings allow people to feel that the vitality of the forest and nature is still alive around our dwellings.

Shim Woohyun (b.1987)

2012 MFA University Of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2010 BFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois


Solo Exhibitions & Two Person Exhibitions

2011 The Story Ends in the Same Place Where the Story Begins, The Art Loft, Omaha, NE

2010 Transformative Realms, NEXT, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL


Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 I Send Myself To You, Daegu Art Development Factory, Daegu, Korea 

2012 Upenn MFA Show, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

2012 Peep, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA

2012 25th Annual Works on Paper, Abercrombie Gallery, Lake Charles, LA

2011 Grand Opening, Modern Arts Midtown, Omaha, NE 

2011 Call it, Addams Gallery, Kips Gallery, New York, NY

2011 SMALL, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY  

2011 NEXT, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL  

2011 Trembling, Morgan Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Oil, Foil, WALLS, and Toil, Robert Bills Contemporary,  Chicago, IL 

2010 NEXT, Merchandise Mart,  Chicago, IL

2010 SAIC BFA Show, Sullivan Galleries,  Chicago, IL

2009 5th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition, 33 Collective Gallery,  Chicago, IL

2008 Group Show, Effe Eleven Galley,  Chicago, IL

2008 Exhibition 15, Nippon Steel USA,  Chicago, IL 

2007 Show ID, SUGS Gallery, SAIC,  Chicago, IL



2011 Connor Meigs Art Award, Omaha, NE 

2008 Nippon Steel Award, NIPPON STEEL USA. Inc, Chicago, IL


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