Young suh 

b. 1970, Seoul, Korea; lives and works in Albany, CA

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Katie Peterson

b. 1974, Menlo Park, CA; lives and works in Albany, CA

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Young Suh's luminous photographs demonstrate an unconventional treatment of space, and reveal multiple connections, and at times missing links, between the cultural and the natural. He has exhibited his work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento; Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis.  He received his MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is now faculty member at University of California, Davis. Katie Peterson is a poet and the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Peterson received her BA from Stanford University and a Doctorate in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard, where her dissertation on Emily Dickinson won the Howard Mumford Jones Prize.

Installation views of Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2017. Photos by JKA Photography.

Works of art in the exhibition:

Scenes from a Forest, 2017
21 min. 42 sec.

The day after Christmas. Mike lives in Cincinnati, Molly lives in Los Angeles, Katie lives in Albany, M’lis lives up the hill and Chris lives in the poolhouse. The girls go to Berkeley and they’re not around as much anymore. Ron’s Sheila died in 2008 & Nancy’s Skip in 1995., 2017
Pigment print on paper
18 x 14 in.

Mateo was born just after Tanya’s dad died. Tanya’s a poet; she met Jeremy, Mateo’s dad, at a rock show. Her mom is Italian and she wasn’t sure she was supposed to be in the picture. Tanya has a sister and Mateo has a cousin., 2017
Pigment print on paper
42 x 32 in.

A park near their house. You think eucalyptus trees are native to California because there’s so many of them but they’re not. Carlos’ sister isn’t in the picture. She’s visiting a friend. The other side of the hill, away from the view of the bay. Different trees. They don’t all have the same father. Big families on every side., 2017
Diptych; pigment prints on paper
15 ¾ x 12 in., 42 x 32 in.

They served us three different kinds of ceviche at their house in Richmond. Daniela was due at the end of June, and she warned her family that there was poison oak everywhere. Her brother thinks like an engineer., 2017
Pigment print on paper
42 x 32 in.

Chiyuma was born in Sweden. Her family’s property is close enough to the coast that it keeps cool. They hauled a house onto the property for Chi’s sister Sarah. Her stepfather is courtly. When her mom talks about the trees, she plunges into reverie. Everyone in the family is good at making things with their hands and one of the men makes music., 2017
Pigment print on paper
42 x 32 in.

Eli’s first day as “they,” or one of them. His sister lives far away, in the Pacific Northwest. Lucy and Richard wanted the picture of themselves in front of the cut tree. The name of their street is Tory Fort Lane., 2017
Triptych; pigment prints on paper
15 ¾ x 12 in. each

They just came back from Jamaica. It was Father’s Day. They spoke of Max in the present tense, their brother and son who passed away. When they brought Peija home they didn’t change her name. Peg lives in the city, pretty close to home. She loves talking about her sister., 2017
Pigment print on paper
42 x 32 in.

Towan and Tae’s parents were about to go back to Korea for the first time in years. Aska is Polish and Artlyn is an architect. The boys ran around with sticks in their hands like swords. Aska talked about fairy tales. She said maybe it was good to hear about something scary, that maybe it gave you some skills for living, that the stories shouldn’t be sanitized. Sometimes you have to pay to get into the grove but this day, it was free., 2017
Diptych; pigment prints on paper
26 ¼ x 20 in. each

Time to go home., 2017
Pigment print on paper
10 ½ x 8 in.

Young Suh and Katie Peterson were inspired by the folktale “The Souls of Trees.”