Shida Kuo is a sculptor. Born in Taiwan and has lived and worked in New York City and teaches in the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University sine 1992. One-person exhibitions include Sokyo gallery, Kyoto, Japan; Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York; Eslite Gallery, Taiwan; Gallery Mic Art, France; Group exhibitions include Apex Art, New York, Baltimore Clayworks, and the Everson Museum of Art, New York. Kuo’s work can be found in public collections including the National Taiwan Museum of Art; the National Art Museum of the Republic of China, Taiwan; Yixing Ceramics Museum and Shiwan Treasure Pottery Museum, People’s Republic of China and San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, Texas.
Born in Taiwan, Lives and works in New York City.
From the “Botany” series, this sculpture wrests for an interpretive form derived from nascent plant or organ-like shapes. Kuo often attempts to capture and study similarly aligned responses from disparate elements and cultures in his art, seeking materials that might adequately transform into or convey a loose and hypnagogic bodily form.
Artist: Shida Kuo
Through sculpture, Shida Kuo seeks to understand material subjectivity in forms of representation, and the differing levels of reaction from particular elements or symbols when resubmitted or detached from their original contexts. This untitled piece comes from a figurative lineage — the form of a root or branch cast in low-fire clay and given naturalistic tonality through the use of oxides — but its strange detachment and stylised appearance steers away from simple depiction and suggests an unanswered narrative or emblematic presence.