South Korean, b. 1964
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
Yunhee Min examines the relationships between color, form, and materiality. Over the past two decades, she has moved seamlessly between studio painting and large-scale site-specific installations, and created works in various media including painting, sculpture, and video to investigate these concerns.
In her paintings, Min foregrounds the sensations of color and light, while drawing attention to the materiality of paint, its movement and viscosity. She works with a variety of tools, including brushes, rollers, and squeegees, to apply paint to canvas in wide swathes of color that appear to swell and surge across her canvases. In some areas, sheer washes of color may overlap to create new shades; in others, they may thicken and pool together into marbleized ripples. Min’s paintings appears almost luminescent, and the gestural fluidity of each wide stroke belies the rigorous preparation behind the works, with the artist often spending several days in her studio mixing paint to a specific shade and viscosity.
Min completed her studies at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany; and Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at institutions including the Hammer Museum, University of California Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Art Institute, CA; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Seattle Art Museum, WA; and the Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, SK. She has completed residencies at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA and Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, South Korea; and is included in the collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.