JU Sekyun (b. 1980)


The critical awareness in JU Sekyun’s work can be found in his creative response to tradition, norm and representation. Traditional ceramic is the core material of his practice, allowing him to ask the question “is the traditional value indeed universal?”. In his Tracing Drawing Series the artist collects images of treasure of ceramics from the Internet, and then draws those images on plain white ceramics with a pencil. The combination of these images from various sources creates a gap between the drawn images and the original ceramic pieces. The Cupboard series takes the shape of JU Sekyun’s personal memory. JU has been seeking ways to personalize the enforced meaning of an institutionalized culture. He is looking into creating a new system of meaning in which the tradition from the past and the present memory, universal norms and individual reality, public signs and private meaning are weaved.



2011 MFA Kookmin University Seoul, Korea, Major in Sculpture

2008 BFA (Major in Sculpture and Minor in Ceramics) Kookmin University Seoul, Korea



2016 Between Coincidence and Fate, Meme Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2015 Interior, Oci Museum, Seoul, Korea

2014 Wheel the world, Makeshop Art Space, Paju, Korea

2013 Whiteout, Openspace Bae, Busan, Korea

2011 Notional Flaf, Brain Factory, Seoul, Korea

2010 Black Sign, Syart Gallery, Seoul, Korea



2018 Layered, Overlapped, AMC Lab, Seoul, Korea

2018 About the things you can’t throw away, MoA, Seoul, Korea

2017 Rethinking Craft, SeMA Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2017 Contemporary Korean Ceramics, V&A, London, UK

2017 Family Report, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggido, Korea

2016 C.C.C Céramique Contemporaine Coréenne, Galerie Bernardaud, Limoges, France

2015 Hands + Expansions & Coexistence, Cheongju Internayional Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea

2015 Quartet, Yang Gallery, Beijing, China

2014 Korea Tomorrow, DDP, Seoul, Korea 2014 OBJET, Gallery27 Museum, Gyeunggi-do, Korea

2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yinggge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan

2014 Admiration of White Porcelain, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea

2013 Not a ceramic, Space K Gallery, Sinsadong, Korea

2012 Doing, Kumho Museum, Seoul, Korea

2010 Transformed Land, Mongolian National Modern Arts Gallery, Ulanbaatar, Mongolia