Emotional landscapes explored by Min Jung-yeon

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Emotional landscapes explored by Min Jung-yeon

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Top: “The Road,” a painting by France-based Korean artist Min Jung-yeon, is part of her solo show at Gallery Kong. Bottom: the artist stands in the gallery with her installation work which is connected to the painting hanging behind her. [MOON SO-YOUNG, GALLERY KONG]

Min Jung-yeon, an up-and-coming artist based in France, presents her latest paintings in a new style and a new installation work at a solo exhibition titled “The Memories of Space,” which runs at Gallery Kong in central Seoul until Sunday.

Min, 37, is known for paintings where the real and unreal; the figurative and abstract; and organic and geometric forms are combined in her unique expression of emotional landscapes.

The artist’s latest paintings on display show that her basic language has not changed, but the details of her style have shifted, with richer colors and deeper perspectives.

Among those paintings, “The Road” portrays a straight road, that rolls up into smoke-like feathers.

“The feathers represent both anxiety and hope, which I felt when I moved from Paris to the southern port city of Toulon,” the artist told the Korea JoongAng Daily at the gallery last month. “The change of the style also could have resulted from the sky and sea of southern France and changes in my personal life, including marriage.”

The new installation work seems to be a three-dimensional version of the painting “The Road.” Interestingly, the broken end of the installation’s road can be connected to the road in another painting which is in view from a certain perspective.

“So, all these works are connected to each other,” the artist said.

BY MOON SO-YOUNG [symoon@joongang.co.kr]

For details, visit www.gallerykong.com or call (02) 738-7776.
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