門 The Doors (2016) is Hyung-Min Yoon’s third work to utilize text as sculpture for an outdoor installation. In particular, this series positions the text on a body of water to generate a reflection and, in so doing, activates the artwork as an ephemeral manifestation of light. In this instance, the sculpture has been designed for mobility, to be transported and documented in multiple locations, thus broadening the possible associated narratives. The documentation of these temporary, site-specific installations becomes another moment of reflection and capture through the camera’s lens.
Hyung-Min Yoon lives and works in Vancouver, Canada and Seoul, Korea. Yoon’s work explores the broad notion of translation and the history of language through re-contextualization. Yoon studied Fine Art at Korean National University of the Arts in Seoul (BFA) and Chelsea College of Art & Design in London (MFA). Her work has been featured in exhibitions including Trauma, Memory and the Story of Canada, Vancouver (2017), The Doors, Trunk gallery, Seoul (solo, 2016), Under My Skin, HITE Collection, Seoul (2016), SunMoon, Hyundai Gallery, Seoul (solo, 2015), The Book of Jests, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver (solo, 2014), From Nature, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver (2013), and Little bit of history deleting, Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels, Vienna (2013). She was the Grand Prize recipient of PUBLIC ART Selected Artists in 2014, and has been invited resident artist at numerous institutions, including the Gyeonggi Creation Centre 2014 and Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna in 2013, and was also selected as curatorial resident at 221A, Vancouver in 2012.
This series of photographic medium-format works builds from Lacie Burning’s sculptural work Reflection Piece (2016). The figure depicted in the photographs moves through a winter thicket wearing a mask made of broken mirror shards. The mask reflects and refracts the landscape that surrounds the figure, signalling reciprocal relationships to land.
Reflection Series was born out of the artist’s relationship with the land claims at Kanonhstaton, which happened on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario, in 2006. Burning was twelve years old when the conflict began and it marked the beginning of a political awakening and awareness of race relations with communities surrounding the reserves.
Lacie Burning is an emerging Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Onondaga (patrilineal) artist and curator raised on Six Nations of the Grand River located in southern Ontario. They are a multidisciplinary artist who works in photography, performance, installation, print, and sculpture. Burning is currently studying in the Visual Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. Having come from a culturally and politically grounded upbringing, their work focuses on politics of Indigeneity and identity from a Haudenosaunee perspective. More recently their practice has revolved around questions of Indigenous resistances, land issues, and haunting.