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Conversation with Diana Freundl and Hyung-Min Yoon

  • Gam Gallery 110 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC, V6A Canada (map)

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. 

Diana Freundl is the Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She joined the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2013, during which time she has curated a series of installations for Offsite, the Gallery’s public art project, including works by Shanghai-based collective Made In Company and Mumbai – based Reena Saini Kallat. In 2014, she co-curated Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, one of the inaugural exhibitions for the Institute of Asian Art. Previously, she had lived in Asian for 14 years. She was curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Shanghai, where she co-curated large-scale exhibitions such as Night on Earth: Helsinki, Berlin, Shanghai (2007); MoCA Envisage II: Butterfly Dream (2008) and INDIA XIANZAI: Contemporary Art from India (2009). In 2012, she co-curated Virtual Voices: Approaching Social Media and Art from China with Zheng Shengtian at the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver, Canada as part of Yellow Signal, a city-wide festival of new media art from China.

Later Event: September 14
Studio Salon