Multidisciplinary artist Annette Hur presents visceral, kaleidoscopic paintings that explore memory and body knowledge.
Serving as a source of catharsis, this series of works reflects the South Korea-born and Brooklyn-based artist’s inner turmoil, with various memories and experiences conflicting with each other. The densely layered compositions are balanced with a striking simplicity of subject matter.
This series reflects on the body’s ability to carry trauma that can be healed through nature.
These natural elements subtly appear through the imaginative landscapes revealing traces of life. Through the veils of form and colour the viewer begins to recognise the shapes of certain plants and animals like butterflies, racoons and lizards. Twisting and moving through the canvases these protagonists are animated, overlaid with distinctive brushstrokes that further enhance the sense of fluidity and motion.
Entirely imaginative, these rhythmic and mesmerising paintings exist between abstraction and figuration.
They incorporate natural and recognisable motifs, which are juxtaposed with less legible elements. Employing this idea of hiding and revealing, the artist explores and questions traditional and cultural binaries that are inherited in our identities. These works exemplify how our bodies carry these binaries as distant memories that spill out into peculiar imagery.
Our Collective Bodies
208 cm x 198 cm
50 cm x 50 cm
61 cm x 56 cm
Sitting on the night
61 cm x 56 cm
203 cm x 172 cm
About the Artist
Annette Hur (b. 1984, South Korea) lives and works in Brooklyn. She holds a BA from Ewha Women’s University (2008), BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015), and MFA from Columbia University (2019).
Recent exhibitions include Hesse Flatow, Shin Gallery, Ross + Kramer, Regular Normal, Assembly Room, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Urban Zen, and Times Square Space in New York; Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey; West Chester University, Pennsylvania; Heaven Gallery, Chicago Artists Coalition, and Boundary in Chicago. Hur was a nominee for Rema Hort Mann Grant (2019), and a resident of Vermont Studio Center (2021) and BOLT Residency at Chicago Artists Coalition (2016–2017).
Community Inclusion & Development Alliance, New York
The Community Inclusion & Development Alliance (CIDA )is a non-profit organisation that serves individuals with disabilities and their families. Their primary missions are to increase inclusion opportunities and to strengthen the capacities of individuals with disabilities. To achieve these goals, CIDA provides family support and inclusive community programs by cultivating workforce development and non-profit based cooperative projects.