2008 | CEILING PAINTING (A TIGRESS’ WEDDING DAY): Jinny Yu
EXHIBITION FROM NOVEMBER 5 TO DECEMBER 14
Drawing from various influences, the paintings of Jinny Yu have explored the tense space between abstraction and representation. In her new project Ceiling Painting (A tigress’ wedding day), she questions the place of painting in contemporary art. The development of abstraction (and the subsequent materiality of painting) in the last century has brought painting to a point where highly complex visual tools can be freely employed, transcending the previously accepted binary relationship of abstraction and representation.
Fitting the 10’ x 20’ painting directly in the architecture of Axenéo7, she hints at the history of painting and its close relationship with architecture. The painting provides an illusion of a continuous space beyond the ceiling, using linear perspective and incorporating existing architectural elements. The viewers will be situated within an immersive environment
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Jinny Yu moved to Montreal in 1988. Since 1996, her works have been shown in numerous exhibitions across Canada as well as the United States, Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom. An artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1999 and at Stiftung Starke in Berlin in 2004, at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing in 2005, and a grant recipient of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Jinny Yu is currently working in Ottawa and is an Associate Professor at University of Ottawa.
Represented by the Galerie Art Mûr in Montreal, her paintings are featured in various museums, corporations, foundations and private collections. Some of the collectors include Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Ernst & Young, ICI Canada Inc., City of Ottawa and Mills Foundation.