Yu Jinyoung (b. 1977), A family in disguise, 2008, Pvc, mixed media, Variable dimensions.

Yoo Jinyoung's Truths and Illusions of a Family in Disguise

Yu Jinyoung (b. 1977), A family in disguise (Adult 2), 2008, Pvc, mixed media, 156 x 39 x 25 cm.


Union Gallery
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Yoo Jinyoung. A Family in Disguise
October 4-November 1, 2008

In Yoo Jinyoung's uncanny sculptures we can discern a carnivalesque alienation of the family, the terrifying and sad figures staring into the viewer.

We keep on living as we continuously meet many people and be apart, remember and be forgotten. In this kind of life, we disguise ourselves and live a hypocritical life to distinguish one's existence and to be recognized from the other. An instinct to find a free and true self, escaping from this yoke can never be concealed. However, the people have to make exaggerated gestures and stiff expressionless faces, and they live with contrary faces as they adapt themselves to this fast modern society. For each moments of being confused and controlled as we live with these numbers of people, we feel an impulse to identify a true face of oneself. 'What is the true face of me?'

Yu Jinyoung portrays truth and illusions of a family with a house, the hideaway of these people, as a background. The artist's previous work expresses a portrait of humans trapped in a society, and he has moved the meeting of his work into a fence called as home. Through everyday lives of family in very limited space called home, the inner world of family is closely examined.

The family wants to turn away their eyes from all discords and indifferences that are happening in a form of home, which should be intimate the most. They refuse an exposure to the outside by hiding themselves because they don't want to show their pretentious look as a friendly family. How the alienated family disguises themselves as friendly ones is portrayed through an uncomfortable meeting with guests who attend to family events like big holidays. The children, who came to terms with reputations and bluffs of adults from guest's visitation, automatically adapt themselves to hold down their emotions. The emotion spreads so far as to a dog.

Yu Jinyoung (b. 1977, Korea) lives and works in Seoul. She received a BFA in in sculpture in 2001 from Sungshin Women's University, Seoul and an MFA in Sculpture in 2005 from Sungshin Women's University in Seoul.

Recent solo exhibitions have included Welcome, Kimi Art Gallery, Seoul, 2007; Abundant Emptiness, Ami & Kanoka Gallery, Osaka, Japan; and Abundant Emptiness, Chang Gallery, Seoul, 2007. Recent group exhibitions include The Battle of Taste, Sangsangmadang, Seoul, 2008; 2007 l Design, Kumho Museum, Seoul, 2007; Funny (Baton Touch), Art Space Hyun, Seoul, 2007; and A Complex, Sungkok Museum, Seoul, 2007.

Yu Jinyoung (b. 1977), A family in disguise (Child 3), 2008, Pvc, mixed media, 156 x 39 x 25 cm.

Yu Jinyoung (b. 1977), A family in disguise (Puppy), 2008, Pvc, mixed media, 30 x 30 x 15 cm.