Yunhee Min

November 13 – December 20, 2008

James Harris Gallery is pleased to present its third solo show of Los Angeles-based artist Yunhee Min, whose artistic practice emphasizes the dynamic of relationships proposed through color, its particular materiality, and form. Over the past ten years, Min has moved seamlessly between studio painting and large-scale site specific projects to investigate these concerns, always using abstraction as a means to engender new geometries of relation. Her new paintings conjure horizontality by suggesting architectural floor plans, while the interstitial spaces of mis-registration or shadow-space produce pictorial depth and motion. Min is particularly interested in dimensionality as both simultaneous and asynchronous events—such effects produce a pulsation of proliferating spaces rather than a coherent unity of depth and surface.

Color is primary material for Min. In these paintings, it operates as compositional fields, creating seemingly stable foregrounds while also generating movement through contrasting hues or subtle changes in tonal value. In combination with artist’s use of geometric form, the paintings develop tension between their overall surface and the edges of the canvas. In Min’s hands, painting becomes a dynamic chess game between color and form.

In 2007, Min received a Masters degree from the prestigious Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, which followed upon her earlier studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. Min’s work has been shown nationally, with solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Her work has also been featured in notable group exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, UCLA’s Hammer Museum, and the New Museum in New York.

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