BIO

Christina Yuna Ko is a Korean American artist living and working in Queens, NY. She received her BFA from Cornell University in 2013, and has since then shown her work in Los Angeles, CA, Washington D.C., and in NYC. Selected exhibitions include: “Bathing in Public”, Selenas Mountain, Brooklyn, NY; “Night Scenes”, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY; “In Good Taste”, Dinner Gallery, New York, NY; “Futures Ever Arriving”, Chelsea Market, New York, NY; “Internal Arrangements”, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; “Downloading Place”, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; and “Crossover: East and West”, Korean Cultural Center, Washington D.C.. Her work has been featured in Gallery Gurls, the Arcade Project Zine, Hiss Magazine, The Fader magazine, The Washington Post, and Ballpit Magazine.

STATEMENT

I attempt to demarcate the visual lexicon born from the cultural inheritance of a multi-generational Asian American experience through paintings and installations. Situated within a Western context and entangled within cross-cultural histories, this lexicon becomes an amalgam of “cute culture”, anime, imported cultural artifacts, domestic goods, food, fashion and pop culture. Using vernacular specifically drawing from a Korean American perspective, I aim to uncover shared visual connections within the broader Asian American experience and complicate the Western bias that can appropriate, erase, and fetishize.

Specifically, I examine memories, media, online platforms, Asian enclaves, and shared histories as sites of reference. I rearrange and reimagine animated characters, emoticons, cultural products, language fragments and everyday objects, activating the home and the community as rich reference sites. Oscillating between object and image and then filtered through the familiar aesthetics of cuteness, the work takes on the forms of this uncovered language to render its significance. Carried within this work is a pursuit for belonging and agency by staking a claim for this living language, which is rich, beautiful and complex.