baby blue gallery is proud to feature artist David Heo for his first solo exhibition, Fuck Your Mood. This exhibition is on view from Nov. 10th to Dec. 9th. The opening reception will be held on Fri. Nov. 10th, 6-9PM.
Heo’s new body of work explores facets of violence, distress and grief. As an Asian-American, he grew up a minority in Georgia. This series reflects the disconnect that he has continued to feel since his childhood.
Beginning from his observations of cultural appropriation of Asian aesthetics, such as the surge of tiki bars and the displacement of Asian symbology as designs onto clothing, cultural appropriation is not just personal; it points to a larger issue. Pondering upon these observations, he understands that borrowing is not inherently bad. However, it becomes a problem when “appreciation” becomes a fetish or spectacle.
Inspired from this realization, Heo implicates this troubling and destructive nature of cultural appropriation with narratives influenced from his childhood. By combining seemingly childish materials, crayon, construction paper, house paint and colored pencil, Heo’s work is the physical embodiment of this desensitization. He implores naive and playful depictions of how casual this potentially violent matter has become to us.
David Heo has been living in Chicago for the last seven years, but is a native of Acworth, Georgia. He is a current MFA candidate in the Painting and Drawing department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Heo’s work has been exhibited nationally, featured in online publications and will appear on Pop TV’s upcoming series Hot Date.