Biography


Born in 1979 in Gwangju, South Korea.
Lives and works in France.

A light mist that spreads to immediately disappear or an imposing shape that envelops, suffocates, devours… Nothing is static in the extremely delicate world of Min Jung-Yeon. Nothing is completely real and nothing is completely imaginary either. Her works resembles scenic, frontal compositions, where, when looking at them, one holds one’s breath in order to see what happens next. The works are the expression of the artist’s intimate being and her belonging to a contemporary history.

Min Jung-Yeon’s profound interest in sciences, specifically the exploration of space, is linked to her intense observation of nature since childhood. She is also very attached to her origins, a Korea torn between consumerism and tradition, where the shamanistic heritage is still deeply rooted. Drawings, paintings, volumes, installations – Min Jung-Yeon is at ease in every dimension, from the infinitely small to the monumental.

Some artworks


Exhibitions


Dawn after night

Min Jung-Yeon

13. 03. – 09. 05. 2020

Must one dive into obscurity to know, embrace, and finally be able to (re)capture the light? That is what Min Jung-Yeon seems to suggest with the title of her new show : L’aube après la nuit (Dawn after night).

In her latest works on paper, colour is much more present: subtle yet undeniable lights. The traces of large paintbrush gestures hold an important place – like a liberation, a new breath. One can recognize the impulse of certain calligraphers.

Pluto’s letter

Min Jung-Yeon

06.03. – 28.04.2018

In 2006, Pluto was excluded from the solar system and was downgraded to the status of “dwarf planet” because of its mass and its volume, both too little, and a “deviant” trajectory. The first images of Pluto sent by the New Horizons probe (2015) revealed a surface partly covered in methane and nitrogen ice, which, at one spot, was shaped like a heart. Min Jung-Yeon was inspired by the symbolism of this rejection of a small different planet with a heart of ice. Thus, Pluto’s letter explores the notion of reconciliation with loss, integration of what escapes our understanding, of other viewpoints and assessments.

Off site


Musée Guimet

Carte Blanche to Min Jung-Yeon

06.11.2019 – 17.02.2020

This new contemporary Carte Blanche, entrusted to the Korean artist MIN Jung-yeon, presents an immersive and organic installation specifically created for the MNAAG. Inspired by the reality of a country split in two for the past 65 years and the idea of reconciliation, the installation consists of large-format drawings and birch trunks drawn on paper.
Like a huge kaleidoscope, the plays of mirrors offer the eye a subtle superimposed interweaving. Her philosophical approach to time, memory, and space arises from the harmonious blending of the organic with fluidity.

Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Etienne Métropole

Demander le chemin à mes chaussures

Min Jung-Yeon

23. 06 – 30. 09. 2012

“Vanishing lines that taper off into infinity, organic-looking forms suspended in space, unnameable strange clusters that refer to nothing or very little, then suddenly a perfectly identifiable element.
[…] In both her paintings and her drawings, Jung-Yeon Min’s work is full of a strange world that mixes biological, plant, animal and human references to inform an aesthetic in which the body, if it is not explicit, acts notably as a liberating medium of the creative act, a substitute for excessive control and for stopping breathing.” Philippe Piguet in Min Jung-Yeon, Demander le chemin à mes chaussures, MAMC+ Saint-Etienne Métropole, 2012.

Press


Min Jung-Yeon, The art of differences and reconciliation

Open ring

March 2020
Valentine Meyer

Carte blanche to Min Jung-Yeon

Beaux-Arts Magazine

November 2019
Hors-série

Le retour de l'esprit surréaliste dans la peinture (in french)

L’Oeil

May- June 2020
n°734
Amélie Adamo

Publications and texts


Promise of a forest

Numa Hambursin

July 2019

Contemporary voices from the Asian and Islamic art worlds

Olivia Sand, SKIRA, 2018

The publication includes a conversation with Min Jung-Yeon.

“Dreamy, Grotesque and Surreal: Into the Deep Subconscious of Min Jung-Yeon” (in French)

Video
Chat Room – ASIA NOW – 18. 10. 2019

With Sophie Makariou, Director of the musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet, Min Jung-Yeon, artist, and Maria Lund, gallerist. Moderated by Olivia Sand, journalist for the Asian Art Newspaper and author of the book “Contemporary Voices from the Asian and Islamic Art Worlds”.

Min Jung-Yeon talks about her Carte blanche exhibition at Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet

video

11. 2019 – 02. 2020

The notion of reconciliation is at the heart of Min Jung-Yeon’s installation.
The work draws on the artist’s experience and the tragic reality of a Korea split in two for the last sixty-six years.
Min Jung-Yeon refers to Lao-Tseu’s thoughts on contraries and she also draws inspiration from contemporary research and quantum physicist Carlo Rovelli’s considerations on time and space.