Around the Art World in 52 Weeks – Jung-yeon Min, France

Thursday, February 04 2016

When you look at the acrylic paintings of Jung-yeon Min, what do you see and how do you feel? Does each work give you a moment to transport to another space? 

Jung-yeon Min is a Korea-born, French artist and currently lives and works in Paris.  Her works incorporate the real and the imagined. Her representation of ‘real’ people against fantastical backdrops gives her work a dramatic and fairytale like feeling.  There is a sense of fun to her work. It is as if the figures are navigating some sort of maze or enchanted landscape.

In a March 28, 2013 ArtReview article, art writer and curator George Vasey described Jung-yeon’s 2013 solo exhibition at the Hada Contemporary as “consistent with recent painting trends” and her work as “a meeting between the magical realism of Neo Rauch and the biomorphism of Yayoi Kusama”. Does art really follow a trend, just like the fashion world? Can anyone else imagine a world so tranquil as in Jung-yeon’s paintings as a combined result of the two contrasting and saturated colour styles of Neo Ranch and Yayoi Kusama? Ranch’s work always presents danger and darkness. So it is not easy to imagine as Vasey suggested, although Yung-yeon’s work does allude to the fragility of life. As we see the potential for the transformation and rupture of worlds. The people appear vulnerable within their molecular surroundings. It is as if they too could become one with their surroundings. Yung-yeon’s use of poka-dot does have a reflection of Yayoi Kusama’s famous works. However, neither the work of Ranch or Kusama has the lightness of being as projected by Jung-yeon's work.

Jung-Aeon’s work also plays with the idea of time. In her images the forms seem to float in an ill-defined space and time. There is no sense of a beginning or an end. There is a stillness and a peacefulness that pervades her images. The viewer is given no reference as to era or place. This makes for a scene that could be something taken out of a fairytale book. 

Jung-yeon is represented by galleries in both Europe and Asia.













Image credit: Empty Kingdom, Kashya Hildebrand