Yowshien Kuo

Kuo_Slipped in Hope
Yowshien Kuo was educated in both the U.S. and Taiwan and completed his MFA in 2014 from Fontbonne University. Kuo is an active exhibiting artist living and working in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a co-owner of the artist run space, Monaco and has recently exhibited with Superdutchess in NYC, LVL3 Chicago, Terrain Exhibitions, Granite City’s Art and Design District, Projects Plus in St. Louis, and Counterpublic with The Luminary in St. Louis. Yowshien has been an artist in residence with Paul ArtSpace in St. Louis, a recipient of Regional Arts Commission support grant and Critical Mass for the Visual Arts award. His work has appeared in publications that include New American Paintings and The Seen Journal Chicago. He currently holds teaching appointments at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, Washington University’s – University College, and Maryville University in St. Louis.
The books mentioned in the interview are Hitler’s American Model by James Q. Whitman and Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
Yowshien Kuo But Victor Denies the Similarities Between Himself and the Monster Acrylic, gouache, chalk, Carrara marble, bone ash, and glass on canvas 2019 28” X 30”
Yowshien Kuo Slipped in Hope Acrylic, gouache, chalk, Carrara marble, bone ash, and glass on canvas 2020 29” X 30”

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  1. […] Yowshien Kuo lives and works in St. Louis where he spoke to us from his studio. He’s presently working on paintings for a small exhibition in the fall at the contemporary art museum in St. Louis. The theme of the exhibition mingles well with the theme of his paintings – the idea of playing with American folklore. He uses folklore as a starting point to discuss the topics he is interested in. One topic in particular is discrimination against Asian-Americans. This lends itself to a larger conversation about discrimination based on gender and race. Kuo examines the myth of Asian-Americans as “model minorities” among other important topics. To hear how his work fits into a much larger dialogue currently happening in the U.S. including how he is reinterpreting history, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Yowshien Kuo lives and works in St. Louis where he spoke to us from his studio. He’s presently working on paintings for a small exhibition in the fall at the contemporary art museum in St. Louis. The theme of the exhibition mingles well with the theme of his paintings – the idea of playing with American folklore. He uses folklore as a starting point to discuss the topics he is interested in. One topic in particular is discrimination against Asian-Americans. This lends itself to a larger conversation about discrimination based on gender and race. Kuo examines the myth of Asian-Americans as “model minorities” among other important topics. To hear how his work fits into a much larger dialogue currently happening in the U.S. including how he is reinterpreting history, listen to the complete interview. […]