A Korean-born painter, Yunhee Min is best known for paintings which seek to expand various spatial possibilities of abstraction. Engaging with the material and the activity of making hands-on, she explores the relationship between painting, surface, and space, especially architectural space and the body’s relationship to it.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Min currently ives and works in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in 1991 and her Master of Arts from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design in 2008, with additional studies in 1994 at Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has had numerous solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, which include those at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA; Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX; Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada; and ACME., Los Angeles, CA; among others.
In her work, Min pays special attention to both color and gestures to engender sensation and articulate surface. Her color choices are energetic and powerful, yet soft and seemingly weightless. In her working process, she often uses squeegees and sprayers to distance the hand and ultimately help to create the ethereal nature of each canvas.
Featured image: Yunhee Min - Movements (surge 3), 2016 (detail). Acrylic on linen. 60 × 66 in. 152.4 × 167.6 cm. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery