About the Artist: Kyung Youl Yoon

Kyung Youl Yoon was born in Seoul, where he began his career in art. In the 1980s, Yoon moved to Madrid, Spain, where he continued his studies and widely exhibited his artworks. He studied painting, sculpture, and printmaking at the National University of Madrid in Spain, and later moved to the United States in 1995. He has held numerous exhibitions in the United States, Korea, China, and Spain. He was selected at the National Modern Museum, Seoul Korea by Dong-A media in the 1980’s. His works have been exhibited at internationally renowned venues, including the Shanghai Li Haisu Museum, Public Naeseorak Art Museum Korea, Seoul Arts Center, Madrid National University of Spain, Shanghai Cultural Center in China, Queens Museum, and the Art Gallery at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. While in Spain, Yoon was awarded with the First Prize at the Summer Workshop Competition. The artist’s works were exhibited in “End of Career” and “Monasterio de Carracedo” at the University of Bellas Artes. In 1994, he also held solo exhibitions at Detursa Galeria de Arte, in Madrid, Spain. Yoon was invited by the City of Valdés to the Arte O Barco de Valdeorras to do an exhibition of his works, and he was chosen by Exmo in Spain, where his exhibition was sponsored. Additionally, Yoon’s artworks were selected by ABC and El Pais Newspaper’s “Este y Complutense,” at various cultural centers like The Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art (M.E.A.C., Arte Contemporaneo) and Alcobendas for two years. Most recently, Yoon held a solo exhibition titled, “Journey,” at the United Gallery in Korea in 2015. He has also been invited to exhibit his works at Encounter Korea at the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) and the Project of First Encounter at the Korean Culture Center in Los Angeles, California.  Notably, his recent works were shown in a solo exhibition at the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery. He is also represented by the Dong Hwa Ode Gallery, through which he participated in the Art New York/Art Miami/Aspen/Art Palm Spring Art Fairs, and Hamptons Art Fair. He also exhibited at the Passion Connected 100 X 100 – Pyeong Chang Olympic 2018 Event, Asia Week Special Exhibition, A wave of Peace from the World Korean Cultural Center in New York, The Intersection of Contemporary Art at the Public Inje Naeseorak Art Museum, and many other venues.


Cubic Inception Artwork Description:


Yoon’s most recent artwork includes the Cubic Inception series, which he began as a response both to global climate change and to the alienation of contemporary urban life. Most of all, he began adding sculptural elements to his paintings to “break the indifference of onlookers,” as he has written, “to create an exchange where the viewer begins to reflect on a new thought or idea that eliminates obscurity in the forms and creates personal meaning.” The individual pieces become a large matrix of cubes forming a collection of ideas. Each cubic piece takes the place of a brushstroke. Each edge takes the place of a line. The resulting masses of shapes suggest aerial views of industrial landscapes, articulated topographies of beautiful but implicitly hostile environments. The Cubic Inception paintings brim with both metaphorical resonance and tactile allure.

Los Angeles-based critic and curator, Peter Frank, notes that the Cubic Inception paintings “extend Yoon’s painterly practice into sculpture, into a low relief of a kind that cannot logically be derived from painting. These thick clusters of aluminum shells, thoroughly covering the Cubic Inception surfaces or interrupted with vast, bottomless swaths of a single color (red, for instance, or a silvery gray that seems to leach from the metal), animate those surfaces with both two-dimensional pattern and three-dimensional texture. The Cubic Inception series is as much about saving ourselves as losing ourselves. But even in the losing, there is a cold, exquisite beauty to these new works of Kyung’s that provides grim reassurance:  what humankind leaves behind will be art.”

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