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Yoonjin Jung

Korea, Republic Of 1982

Installation, Sculpture, Painting


Yoonjin Jung
Yoonjin Jung
Korea, Republic Of
March 3, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

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.

Yoonjin Jung creates installations that are formed around an absence of space – or negative space

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Yoonjin Jung – Seeing the Unseen, 2013

Roots of Oriental Paintings

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.

The tangible invisibility is often portrayed through the material

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Left: Yoonjin Jung – Seeing the Unseen, 2015 / Right: Yoonjin Jung – Seeing the Unseen, 2015

Negative Space of her Installations

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.

We hardly notice something invisible in our daily lives, said Jung

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Yoonjin Jung – Seeing the Unseen (detail), 2012

Engaging the Senses

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.

Yoonjin Jung lives and works in London, UK and Seoul, South Korea.

Featured image: Yoonjin Jung – Seeing the Unseen (detail), 2006. All photo credits yoonjinjung.com.
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015 Seeing the Unseen Trunk Gallery Seoul, South KoreaSolo
2015 Mindful Mindness SOMA Museum of Art, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2015 Affordable Art Fair, DDP Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2015 The Approach Gazelli Art House, London, UKGroup
2015 Spirit of CreationSchema Art Museum, Chungcheong-do, South KoreaGroup
2015 Art Central 2015 Central Harbourfront, Hong KongGroup
2014 The Flux and I Gazelli Art House, London, UKGroup
2014 Art Basel Hong Kong Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong KongGroup
2013 Emerging of the Space Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggi-Do, South KoreaGroup
2013 Young & Young Artist: 4th Dimensional World Youngeun Museum, Gyeonggi-Do, South KoreaGroup
2012 Seeing the Unseen Seoul Museum of Art: Emerging Artist, Artspace H, Seoul, South KoreaSolo
2012 Korean Selected Artists Gyeonghuigung of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2012 Sun-Gam Gyeonggi Creation Center Exhibition Hall, Gyeonggi-Do, South KoreaGroup
2012 Plan. Open: Formation Arbeit Gallery, London, UKGroup
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, UKGroup
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, UKGroup
2010 No espere más (Wait no more) Here Today Gone Tomorrow Pop-up Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010 Degree show Slade School of Fine Art, London, UKGroup
2010 Flower, Imperial College Healthcare Charity Arts Committee Charing Cross Hospital, London, UKGroup
2010 Foire Internationale Dessins du 21e siècle (International Drawing Fair 2010) Loft Marquardt, Paris, FranceGroup
2010 Sasapari (Korean Contemporary Artists) Oxo Tower Barge House, London, UKGroup
2010 Face Me and You Space Hall and Corner, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2009 Research Images as Art, Art Images as Research North Cloisters, London, UKGroup
2009 Interim Show Woburn Place, London, UKGroup
2009 Untitled Poznan Academy Residency, Skoki, PolandGroup
2009 Anger Management Alsop Space, London, UKGroup
2007 Chae-Yun-Jeon Gallery La Mer, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2006 Young Artists LG Art Center, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2006 Wish Post Theatre, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2005 Dreaming Enthusiast Fringe Festival, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2003 Hands of Healing EMAF, Seoul, South Korea Group