Nina Cho :
"검이불루 화이불치 (Korean) 儉而不陋 華而不侈 (Chinese) Gumleebullu Hwaleebulchi (English translation)
I don’t really have a motto related to my work but I always like the old saying above. It’s a very old Korean saying meaning “It is simple/humble but not shabby, and impressive/glamorous but not extravagant.” I admire this as an attitude and also as an aesthetic. " - NC
Nina Cho is an artist and designer, currently based in Detroit, USA. Nina was born in the United States and raised in South Korea. She earned an MFA in 3D Design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She has been recognized as an Honoree of Sight Unseen’s 2015 American Design Hot List, presented in partnership with Herman Miller and featured as one of Five Breakout Designers of 2015 in Artsy based in the USA. She was nominated for the Pure Talents Contest at Imm Cologne in 2016. She has been invited to shows nationally and internationally in 2016, including exhibitions in London, Cologne, Milan, Frankfurt, Toronto, Seoul, Detroit and New York City.
Cho’s personal background has naturally led her to a minimal and simplified aesthetic. She has focused on reductive forms that blur the line between an art object and a functional product. She pursues ideas of lightness and reduction in her work. Colors, shape, and material must be essential to the piece and complete the work.
NEXT:SPACE is a retail and exhibition platform Nina Cho's work in Detroit.