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Jinny Yu
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick

ARTIST STATEMENT: My work considers the complexities of visual spatiality and materiality; my paintings oscillate between the physical and material space of the world and the pictorial and more subtly material 'space' of the painted surface. My interest in this problematic leads me to explore the tensions between representation and abstraction, and my paintings frequently involve both. I paint with oil on aluminum, employing conventional brushes as well as other materials and devices. I am fascinated by aluminum because its reflective yet opaque surface concretizes the aesthetic and representational issues which form the current focus of my practice.

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Born in Seoul in 1976 (South Korea) and works in Brooklyn and Ottawa

Education and Artist Residencies
2010-11 International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
2010 Pan! Peinture, Painting symposium, Quebec City, Canada
2010 Confederation Centre of the Arts Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada
2005 Bei Gao Artist Residency, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
2004 Stiftung Starke, Gemeinnutzige Kunststiftung, Berlin, Germany
2002 Master of Fine Arts (Visual Arts), York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2002 Master of Business Administration, Schulich School of Business, Toronto
1999 Thematic residency Landscape, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada
1998 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing), Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Selected Individual Exhibitions
Sept. 2010,“About Painting” Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec
Nov. 2008,“Ceiling Painting (A tigress’ wedding day)” AXENÉO7, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada (catalogue)
Feb. 2008,“Story of a Global Nomad” Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec (catalogue)
Oct. 2005,“Me(n)tal Perspectives” Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec
Feb. 2005,“Me(n)tal Perspectives” Spoke Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nov. 2004,“Interlace III” Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Quebec
April 2004,“Interlace II” Elizabeth Anne Seton Memorial Gallery, N.B., New Jersey, USA
March 2004,“Interlace I” Struts Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
Jan. 2003,“modules II” Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec
April 2002,“modules I” The Gallery, York University, Toronto, Ontario
Jan. 2000,“Paysages” Maison de la Culture N.-D.-G., Montreal, Quebec
April 1999,“Oeuvres récentes” Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec

Selected Group Exhibitions
---, “Abstractions/Distractions” Kamloops Art Gallery, B.C., Canada, curated by Annette Hurtig (catalogue)
Sept. 2011, “Enlightenment, Innovation & Revolution: The Long 18th Century” McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, curated by Ihor Holubizky (catalogue)
Jan. 2011, “Cadenza” Confederation Centre of the Arts Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada, curated by Ihor Holubizky (catalogue)
Sept. 2010, “Optimism Packs” organized by Rena Leinberger, in exhibition “Still Action”, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Gallery, U.S.A., curated by Elissa Papendick and Libby O’Bryan
Sept. 2010 “The Triumph of The Therapeutic”, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
April 2010, “Primer” Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Sept. 2009,“Breathing Out” Taehwa River Eco Art Festival, Ulsan City, South Korea, curated by Hong Sun Hoan (catalogue)
Sept. 2009, “The Collection’s Cabinet” City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Sept. 2009, “Microcosm” Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Feb. 2009,“Construction Work” three-persons exhibition with Lorraine Gilbert and Josée Dubeau, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, curated by Sandra Dyck (catalogue)
Jan. 2007,“Venice: City of Dreams?” Conduit Street Gallery, Sotheby’s, London, United Kingdom, organized by Timothy Llewellyn (catalogue)
Dec. 2006,“Different Strokes” Drake Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, curated by Jillian Locke
July 2006,“Me(n)tal Perspectives” two-persons exhibition with Francine Lalonde, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
April 2006,“Tende a infinito” Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy, curated by Stefano Colletto (catalogue)
Jan. 2006,“Transitive” Kabat Wrobel Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 2005,“Showcase: 05” Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario, curated by Ivan Jurakic & David Liss
Dec. 2004,“Neo Vessel” Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan (catalogue)
Sept. 2004,“Accumulations” Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick
Feb. 2004,“Interference” The Warren G. Flower Gallery of Dawson College, Montreal, Quebec
Sept. 2003,“Mixed Media” four-persons exhibition with David Urban, Michael Adamson and Christian Giroux, Gallery Neubacher, Toronto, Ontario
April 2003,“Les Femmeuses” Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueil, Quebec
Feb. 2003,“Art @ suite 500” Miles S. Nadal Management Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Dec. 2002,“Salle comble” Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec
Sept. 2002,“Keep Six” Anoush Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
June 2002,“Exposition Enchantée” Ecomusée du fier monde, Montreal, Quebec
Jan. 2002,“Sincerely” The Gallery, York University, Toronto, Ontario
June 2001,“Des finitions urbaines” Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec
Feb. 2001,“Benefit Art Auction” Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec
June 2000,“Côté cour, côté jardin” Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec
Mar. 2000,“Début de collection” Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec
Feb. 2000,“Benefit Art Auction” Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec
Feb. 2000,“Artbox 2000” Miles S. Nadal Management Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Jan. 2000,“20310 seconds” IDA gallery, York University, Toronto, Ontario
June 1999,“Recent Paintings” The Other Gallery, Banff, Alberta, Canada
May 1999, Montreal Asian Heritage Festival, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal
Jan. 1999,“Rencontres Interculturelles” Centre de créativité des Salles du Gesù, Montreal
Nov. 1998,“La Quête de l’eau” Biosphère de Montreal, Ile-Sainte-Hélène, Quebec
May 1998,“Recent Works” Passage du Musée, Montreal, Quebec
Mar. 1998,“Spring Sprung” Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
Nov. 1997,“Triade” Gallery 522, Belgo Building, Montreal, Quebec
Sept. 1997,“Tchou Sok Jé” Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montreal, Quebec
April 1997,“Dressing the Line: Exposition de peintures” Gallery 522, Belgo Building, Montreal
June 1996,“Roland Smith: A tribute - Un Hommage” Gallery V.A.V., Montreal, Quebec

Summer 2010, Interior of chapel Sant’Isidoro, in Nate, Trichiana, in province of Belluno, Italy
September 2009, Installation work for the TEAF09, Taehwa River Eco Art Festival, Ulsan City, South Korea

Other professional Experiences
2006 - Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2005 - 2006 Research Fellow, TeDIS (Centre for Studies on Technologies in Distributed Intelligence Systems), Venice International University, Venice, Italy
2003 - 2005 Assistant Professor, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

Artist Talks / Paper in Refereed Conference Proceedings
Mar. 2011 Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, “Artist-talk”
Apr. 2009 York University, Toronto, Ontario, “Artist-talk”
Feb. 2009 Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, “Artist-talk”
Mar. 2008 Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, “Artist-Talk” series hosted by the Painting and Drawing department, Faculty of Fine Arts
Nov. 2007 Universities Art Association of Canada Annual Conference (Paper title: “Mediation in Abstraction” in the panel “The Optical Outskirts of Abstraction”), University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
July 2006 Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland, “Artist-talk”
June 2005 Sangmyung University, Seoul, South Korea, Lecture in MBA course “Audience Development”
Feb. 2005 NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Artist-talk in “Noon-hour Talk”
Mar. 2003 Cegep Rosemont, Montreal, Quebec, Forum Educatif organized by Espace VOX
Mar. 1999 Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Artist-talk in 3rd year drawing course

Prizes, Awards and Other Grants
2010 International Residencies Program in Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts
2010 Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2010 Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2007 Research Grant, University of Ottawa
2003 Professional Artist Grant (Type B), Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
2001 Artist Grant, du Maurier Arts Council, Toronto, Ontario
1999 Artist Grant, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta
1998 Heinz Jordan Painting Award, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
1997 David L. Stevenson Memorial Scholarship, Concordia University, Montreal
1997 Stanley Mills Purchase Prize, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

Bibliography (Reviews and exhibition catalogues)
Construction Work, (Exhibition catalogue), Essay by Dr. Petra Halkes, Carleton University Art Gallery, 2010
Ceiling Painting (A tigress’ wedding day), (Exhibition catalogue), Essay by Dr. Celina Jeffery, Galerie AXENÉO7, 2010
Taehwa River Eco Art Festival 2009, (Exhibition Catalogue), Essays by Hong Sun-hoan, Dongseop Kim and Hyewon Choi, Ulsan City, South Korea, 2009
“A Review of the Exhibition Construction Work: Lorraine Gilbert, Josée Dubeau, Jinny Yu”, Drain Magazine,, by Dr. Édith-Anne Pageot
“Carleton University Art Gallery”,, March 29, 2009, by Deborah Margo
“Carleton U's art gallery scene of "Construction" exhibit”, CBC Radio One, Art with Dipna Horra,, March 23, 2009
“Incompletion and Disturbance: Construction Work at CUAG”, The Leveller, Ottawa, vol 1, no 2, March 2 to 15, 2009, p. 14, by Randy Innes
“Construction Work: Renovation Spirits”, Canadian Art online,, March 5, 2009, by Emily Falvey
“Art and Architecture at Carleton University Art Gallery”, Ottawa Citizen, February 25, 2009, By Maria Cook
“Jinny Yu at Axeneo7”,, December 9, 2008, by Deborah Margo
“Jinny Yu”, Border Crossings: A Magazine of the Arts, Arts Manitoba Publications Inc., Issue No. 107, Fall 2008, p. 179-180, by James D. Campbell
Jinny Yu (Monograph) Essays by Antonio Foscari, Emily Falvey and Édith-Anne Pageot, University of Ottawa Press and Éditions Art Mûr, 2008
Venice: City of Dreams? (Exhibition Catalogue) Sotheby’s, Conduit Street Gallery, London, United Kingdom, January 2007, pp.66, 67, 71 (ISBN 978-1-870282-57-4)
“Giovani artisti, tendenza all’infinito”, La Nuova, Venice, Italy, April 28 2006
“Where It's At”, Echo, Vol. 8, No. 49, p. 23/38, by Lauren Hall
The Record, Kitchener-Waterloo, Section C1, Arts, Saturday, August 27, 2005
Neo Vessel, Vol. 3, (Exhibition Catalogue) Areum Network, Japan, Nov. 2004 (ISBN4-434-05503-8)
Overseas Korean Artists Yearbook, Volume 3, Jinsol Books Publishing Company, Seoul, Korea, 2003
“Interlace: Paintings by Jinny Yu”, Vie Des Arts, Montreal, No. 194, Spring 2004, p.93, by Virgil Hammock
“Interference on Campus”, La Plante, Montreal, Vol. 32, Issue 15, February 19th, 2004, p.13, by Erika Toth
“A threat to innocence”, The Gazette, Montreal, February 15, 2003, by Henry Lehmann
“Bitume revisité”, Le Devoir, Montréal, June 23, 2001, by Marie-Ève Charron
“Cultivating a garden of imagination: Where nature and culture meet”, The Gazette, Montreal, June 17, 2000, by Henry Lehmann
“York Students given du Maurier awards for ‘evolutionary’ projects”, York University Gazette, December 19, 2001, front page, by Cathy Carlyle
“Exhibit: Guild Gallery. Three From Away … One From Here”, The BUZZ, Prince-Edward-Island, October, 2001
The Korea Times Daily, Toronto, Ontario, January 1, 2000, p.A3
“Peintures orientales chez Art Mfr”, La Voix Populaire, St-Henri, Vol.53, No. 16, April 21, 1999, p.9
“Refreshing Show offers glimpse of future”, The Gazette, Montreal, July 26, 1997, p.J6. by Henry Lehmann

Collections: Public, Corporate and Private
City of Ottawa; Cogeco Inc.; Crown-Meakins Inc.; General RE Insurance; Gilden Activewear Inc.; Greenbriers co.; Holbrook Ronald & Associates Landscape Architects; Ernst & Young - Canada; Europe’s Best Inc.; ICI Canada inc.; Mills Foundation; Collection du prêt d’oeuvres d’art at Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec; and Private collections in Canada, U.S.A., U.K., Italy, France and South Korea

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