October 17 — November 16, 2013

Jinny Yu

I Am Painting


Opening : Thursday October 17, 2013 at 5pm

Jinny Yu’s work investigates the very nature of painting. By exploring the possibilities inherent to the uncommon medium of aluminum as canvas and its pictorial space’s naturally occurring sense of depth, she encourages reflection with bold brushstrokes on reflective material..

There is no effort to hide the artist’s particular movements; the marks left by her work proudly betray the movements of the brush across the surface. Rather, she seeks to reveal and underline the properties of her favoured material. The pictorial space (or illusional space) available in aluminum circumvents one of painters’ traditional objectives: to create the illusion of depth and a pictorial space by the measured application of paint(s) to a particular surface. Consequently, the eye can switch between exploring the reflective material’s vanishing point and noticing how the artist’s brushstrokes testify to the creative moment.

Today, Jinny Yu’s continued analysis of the art of painting has her probing the very walls on which the works are displayed. Creating an in situ piece, she puts her bold brushstrokes to work covering an entire wall with paint and reveals the wall’s innards through a porthole made with surgical cuts.

The act of painting itself is primordial to her approach. The ambiguous nature of the word painting, designating both the verb to paint and the artefact produced by that verb, reveal an underlying theme to Yu’s work: painting is painting.



Jinny Yu

Born in Korea and based in Canada and Italy, Jinny Yu's work has been shown widely, including exhibitions at the ISCP Gallery (Brooklyn), Pulse New York (NY), Scope New York (NY), Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (Venice), Kunst Doc Art Gallery (Seoul), the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto), the Conduit Street Gallery, Sotheby's (London), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown), and McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton). Yu, who is Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Ottawa, was awarded the Mid-Career Artist Award by Council for the Arts in Ottawa in 2013; Laura Ciruls Painting Award from Ontario Arts Foundation in 2012; and was a finalist for the Pulse Prize New York 2011. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. She is represented by Galerie Art Mur in Montreal and General Hardware Contemporary in Toronto.

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