Art is all about engaging the senses; whether it’s audible, visual, or art that has you physically involved in it, people are looking for pieces that will indulge the senses and stir the process of thought. However, there’s often more to it than what meets the eye, and it could be said that it is as important as the part that we do see. Placing such emphasis in her installations, sculptures and paintings, Yoonjin Jung reveals the unseen that surrounds her pieces, as well as carefully leaving some parts out for the viewers to discover for themselves.
The main theme of her work has been portrayed even during her student days, as she received her master’s degree in fine art at Slade School of Fine Art at the University College London. Her practice of “Seeing the Unseen” draws its roots from the emptiness of oriental painting, one that has followed her work ever since. The tangible invisibility is often portrayed through the material, as Jung paints her pieces on translucent silk, or in the “unused” parts of the work. It may seem like chunks of the canvas are just vacant, but they have been planned as carefully as the painted pieces, expressing the relation between the visible and invisible.
Inheriting the concept of the unseen part of what we do perceive, Jung’s installations and sculptures give the idea a whole new dimension. Making a parallel with the invisible elements that surround us daily, hardly ever noticed but essential to life like air, light, and water vapors, she creates site specific installations that are formed around an absence of space – or negative space – which is as important as the rest of the figure. Her Seeing the Unseen series utilizes the same approach, as it gradually changes in order to reveal the parts that weren’t perceivable before. Work of Yoonjin Jung has brought her great acclaim, and it has been justly awarded in Korea, UK and USA.
Creating cleverly constructed sculptures and installations, as well as paintings, Yoonjin Jung’s concept carries over to the complexity of daily life. “I think something invisible is more important than something visible, and we hardly notice something invisible in our daily lives,” said Jung, giving her works a line of thought that complements their artistic beauty. Putting an emphasis on what is there but cannot be seen, Jung invites the spectator to see past the visible elements and cross the boundary into the invisible. Engaging all senses, her works grip the attention as viewers discover the space of emptiness.
The artist is represented by Gazelli Art House.
Featured image: Yoonjin Jung – Seeing the Unseen (detail), 2006. All photo credits yoonjinjung.com.
All images used for illustrative purposes only.
|2015||Seeing the Unseen||Trunk Gallery Seoul, South Korea||Solo|
|2015||Mindful Mindness||SOMA Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea||Group|
|2015||Affordable Art Fair, DDP||Seoul, South Korea||Group|
|2015||The Approach||Gazelli Art House, London, UK||Group|
|2015||Spirit of Creation||Schema Art Museum, Chungcheong-do, South Korea||Group|
|2015||Art Central 2015||Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong||Group|
|2014||The Flux and I||Gazelli Art House, London, UK||Group|
|2014||Art Basel Hong Kong||Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong||Group|
|2013||Emerging of the Space||Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea||Group|
|2013||Young & Young Artist: 4th Dimensional World||Youngeun Museum, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea||Group|
|2012||Seeing the Unseen||Seoul Museum of Art: Emerging Artist, Artspace H, Seoul, South Korea||Solo|
|2012||Korean Selected Artists||Gyeonghuigung of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2012||Sun-Gam||Gyeonggi Creation Center Exhibition Hall, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea||Group|
|2012||Plan. Open: Formation||Arbeit Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2012||Rising Stars||New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey, U.K.||Group|
|2012||Boundaries||C99 Art Project, London, U.K.||Group|
|2011||Air I Breathe, A Foundation||Rochelle School, London, U.K.||Group|
|2010||Art Mosh, A Foundation||Rochelle School, London, U.K.||Group|
|2010||Art in Woodstock||Methodist Church, Oxford, UK||Group|
|2010||Quick, Before We Come to Our Senses (London Art Award)||3 Bedfordbury Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2010||100 Artists for Pride||Twilight Gallery, Brighton, UK||Group|
|2010||No espere más (Wait no more)||Here Today Gone Tomorrow Pop-up Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2010||Degree show||Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK||Group|
|2010||Flower, Imperial College Healthcare Charity Arts Committee||Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK||Group|
|2010||Foire Internationale Dessins du 21e siècle (International Drawing Fair 2010)||Loft Marquardt, Paris, France||Group|
|2010||Sasapari (Korean Contemporary Artists)||Oxo Tower Barge House, London, UK||Group|
|2010||Face Me and You||Space Hall and Corner, Seoul, South Korea||Group|
|2009||Research Images as Art, Art Images as Research||North Cloisters, London, UK||Group|
|2009||Interim Show||Woburn Place, London, UK||Group|
|2009||Untitled||Poznan Academy Residency, Skoki, Poland||Group|
|2009||Anger Management||Alsop Space, London, UK||Group|
|2007||Chae-Yun-Jeon||Gallery La Mer, Seoul, South Korea||Group|
|2006||Young Artists||LG Art Center, Seoul, South Korea||Group|
|2006||Wish||Post Theatre, Seoul, South Korea||Group|
|2005||Dreaming Enthusiast||Fringe Festival, Seoul, South Korea||Group|
|2003||Hands of Healing||EMAF, Seoul, South Korea||Group|