I am an artist and educator exploring the intentions of people’s beliefs, working through photography, sculpture, installation and text. I draw upon the poetics of a line: how a line can serve as a marker of division and an indication of connection. I observe the unobservable through questioning beliefs and religious systems: What does one believe and why? My work combines relationships of my Korean heritage and geopolitics while discussing notions of war, religious colonization, and upbringing as a Mormon. With the photos from my grandfather, a photographer in the Korean War, I trace the lineage and stories of my parents, grandparents and ancestors to consider my own. I rebuild from the ruins of colonized myths that lead to reconciliation and healing. My recent exhibitions include Baxter St CCNY, CANADA Gallery, Socrates Sculpture Park, BAMCinemafest, and The Smithsonian Archives of American Art. My fellowships include Smack Mellon, Baxter St Camera Club of New York, Robert Blackburn Printshop SIP Fellowship, Queens Museum Art Action Academy, American Academy in Rome as Visiting Artist, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. I’ve published three books, ‘Here’s to Believing,’ ‘all I wanted was to get into heaven,’ and most recently, ‘calling/부름’ which was launched alongside my solo exhibition ‘line/선’at Baxter St CCNY, which was listed as a must see in Artforum. My works are in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art Library, Yale University, Ohio State University, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Huo holds a BFA from Brigham Young University and a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of the Arts. Huo is the Interim Director of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum and Adjunct Professor at Parsons School of Design. In my studio, various experiments of sculptures and photographs imagining platforms of celestial observations can be seen.
About Smack Mellon
Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon’s mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.