Young (Pusan, South Korea, 1954) is a very special artist.
steady on an ever increasing oeuvre of great depth and impressive diversity.
artistic position is actually quite hard to describe as Eun Young’s attitude
and oeuvre does not fit within any pigeonhole. She is a cross-over artist in
the most sincere sense. In this respect her personal multicultural background
and artistic identity might reflect this as well. Grown up in Korea, educated
in Paris and working for quite some time now in The Netherlands, Eun Young
produces original and non conformist, un-fashionable, lively and even humorous
works with a most serious undertone.
she takes position as a true autonomous artist, and then she feels quite well
as an applied artist, fashion designer, poet and even performer. Creating and
re-creating, based on a permanent search for identity, connections between now
and then, here and there.
In her work Lee Eun Young goes back to her Korean,
Confusianistic roots in which history, and especially family-history plays such
an important role. In her assembly pieces she adds new layers to existing
objects. That may be photographs from her personal past, ordinary everyday
utensils of clothes. She revitalises these by various interventions. Elements
in old photographsare accentuated
by adding contours or shades by pencil of with ink on transparent paper
attached to the original picture.
Common appliances or objects (such as typewriters,
bottles, toys, shoes or clothes, piggybanks) are covered up with leaf silver,
foil, adhesive tape, needles and at one time even with margarine.
As an artist settled in The Netherlands, Eun Young
shapes her personal history, past and present in an emotionally rich and most
associative way. And not to forget, the enormous energy and pushing power she
puts in her projects.
One of her last extraordinary and highly original
projects is a series of installations, or rather inventions, in particular
locations: the offices of Mayors of various Dutch cities. Offices that
symbolize local history tradition and universal standards such as power and
democracy: those offices are metaphors of public spaces that are usually kept
closed and inaccessible for most inhabitants of those cities. With her objects,
photo works, pieces of fashion or extravagant shoe-related designs
intermingling with the usual rather formal office inventory Eun Young
transforms these offices to subtle temporary installations: deranging,
commenting, provocative, causing confusion and gaining praise.
Eun Young’s strength is her persistence and strict
discipline, Together with her original mind and authentic talent to shape and
reshape, forms this rich source with seems to produce a never-ending stream of
personal, colourful, subtle and multilayered messages for the world. That makes
her a very special and talented artist that deservers our interest and support.
Former Director Museum of Modern Art Arnhem
Director of TiMe Amsterdam, art and heritage
CV (resume) Exhibitions
1981: "Synergism" Gallery St. Pétri, Lund, Sweden 1982: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1984: Installation, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem 1987: GBK, Museum Commandri St. Jan, Nijmegen 1989: “Pasolini” Museum of Modern Art Arnhem 1993: Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam 1997: “Old & New” and “ A world of difference”, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem 1998: “ In and Out” , Gatefoundation, Amsterdam 2000: “Photography” Museum of Modern Art Arnhem. 2002: “ Alhambra” Het Valkhof Museum, Nijmegen 2004-05: “Made in Arnhem” Historical Museum and Museum of Modern Art Arnhem 2005: “Human, Nature and Arts, Yushun Museum, China, “Environment and Art” Seoul 2006: “Sounding different”, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven,“Design Week” Istanbul 2007: ”Tradition” Installation, Essent, Arnhem 2008-2009: Installations, Project, “ The Mayors’ Chamber” 13 Mayors’s rooms in 13 Cityhalls in The Nethelands. 2010: The Sovereign European Art Prize, Barbican Art Center, London and Hodgson Loom Gallery, Isle of Man, United Kingdom 2011-12: “Who is Afraid of Oriental Girls?” Espace Enny & Delta Lloyed, Amsterdam, Performance,”Free the freedom” Show Room, Arnhem 2012: “I CAN DO THAT”, Variable space, Chicago, USA, “Pearls” The Stedelijk Museum, De Lakenhal, Leiden, “In Conversation” Elburg Museum 2013: "Bronbeek Project" Bronbeek Museum, Arnhem, 'wij in 2113' Espace Enny,“The Plain” The Cultural Museum, Beit Ha'ir, Tel Aviv and the Museums in Israel. 'Pere de perle' Beeldtuin, PAK, Gistel,Belgium
Collection: Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem Het Valkhof Museum, Nijmegen Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven Department of Education, EduArt in Gelderland in NL Particuliers.
Nomination: Buhrman Ubbens Paper Prize Made in Arnhem, MIA, Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem Short listed in Sovereign European Art Prize, London