Jinny Yu: To activate space

Texts by: Mark A. Cheetham, Penny Cousineau-Levine and Ola Wlusek

Jinny Yu challenges more than the concept of painting. Her work questions the very existence of predisposed artistic practices as she blurs the lines between methodology and ideology. Oscillating between the fields of the abstract painting and the object, Yu seeks out aspects of painting beyond the pictorial space, striving to depict that which is beyond the image. The choice of materials is integral to her artistic practice and conceptual preoccupations and she frequently paints with oil on aluminum, whose semi-reflective surface comprises a pictorial space. For the artist the pictorial space of the aluminum is a material fact, a pre-existing condition of the as yet unpainted surface, and by painting on such a surface, one that is already pictorial, Yu’s work begins where painting often ends. Published with Éditions Art Mûr, this monograph is thoroughly illustrated with original essays and an interview with the artist.

Born in Korea in 1976 and based in Canada since 1988, Jinny Yu has shown widely, with exhibitions at the ISCP Gallery (Brooklyn), Pulse New York, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (Venice), the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto), and Sotheby’s (London, UK). Mark A. Cheetham is Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Toronto and author of Abstract Art Against Autonomy: Infection, Resistance, and Cure since the 60s. Penny Cousineau-Levine is Professor of the History and Theory of Art at the University of Ottawa and author ofFaking Death: Canadian Art Photography and the Canadian Imagination. Ola Wlusek is Curator of Contemporary Art at The Ottawa Art Gallery.

59 pages
30 col. ill. 10 x 9.5 in softcover