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Hyunmi YOO

Hyunmi YOO, The Museum of Photography, Seoul


1964, Seoul


Painting, Installation, Photography



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Hyunmi YOO's Solo Exhibition_curated by Sun Young KIM
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Yoo Hyun Mi repeatedly undergoes the process for the real/outside world to be created as image. The image created by overlapping is visualized in a seemingly familiar world as uncanny 'mise en scene.' An unfamiliar scene is mostly suggested by photography and video, but what she is exploring, in fact, is about reproduction in visual art, rather than image itself. Her desire is emphasized by a method of manipulating realism intentionally. For example, she infuses sculptural concept into a ready-made object by putting a plaster bandage around it, and then on the surface of this sculpture-turned object she paints to reproduce the exterior of the real as a painting. Reality becomes a sculpture by artistic manipulation, and then a painting, and is reproduced as photography repeatedly. The image created by repetitive work becomes less and less being real and finally becomes something that cannot be defined as one medium. Her work of sculpture-like painting, painting-like sculpture, and photo-like painting distorts visual illusion to give one medium properties of other medium. Yoo's works, too, may very likely be defined in a limited way as mixed art. Her works, on the contrary, do not employ methodology of mixing different media or genres. Rather, she attempts overlapped reproduction by passing through the stages of objet-sculpture-painting-photography/video.


1994 New York University, A.P.C., New York, United States
1992 New York University, M.A., New York, United States
1987 Seoul National University, B.F.A., Sculpture, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

2011 Good Luck, Gallery Ihn, Seoul, Korea
2010 Hyun Mi Yoo Solo Exhibition, GalleryBundo, Daegu, Korea
Hyun Mi Yoo Solo Exhibition, idm Gallery, Busan, Korea
2009 Bleeding Blue, Mongin art center, Seoul, Korea
2008 Still Life, Gallery M, Daegu, Korea
2007 Still Life, Gallery Ihn, Seoul, Korea
2005 Stranger than Dreams, Esplanade, Singapore, Singapore
2001 Blank puzzle, Spazio san carpoforo, Milano, Italy
2000 Blank puzzle, Christinerose Gallery, New York, United States
1998 Hyun Mi Yoo Solo Exhibition, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibitions

2011 Dancing to the Rhyme, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Time window, Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Korea
Rhetoric of the Images, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
3Photographic Acts, The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Photo Festival, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Believing is Seeing, Fotogallery, , other country
Doors Art Fair, Imperial Palace Hotel, Seoul, Korea
Poster Poster, Interalia Art Company, Seoul, Korea
2010 Daegu Photo Biennale, , Daegu, Korea
Unfamiliar Time, Familiar Space, Interalia Art Company, Seoul, Korea
Stage Reality, Salon de H, Seoul, Korea
The Fantastic Garden, Changwon Asian Art Festival, Changwon, Korea
Hyun mi YOO, Gyung min KIM, Sung wong WI, 123 GALLERY, Seoul, Korea
Man Ray's Photography & His Heritage, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2009 The 9th Photo Festival, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Imagination, 123 GALLERY, Seoul, Korea
Serotonin, Gallery NOW, Seoul, Korea
Valentine's Day! Art for You!, 915 Industry Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, United States
Korean Contemporary Photo Now, 798 Space, Beijing, China
2008 Daegu Art Fair, EXCO, Daegu, Korea
SIPA Seoul International Print,Photo Art Fair, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Liverpool Bienniale, Fantasy Studio Project, , other country
Shanghai Art Fair, , Shanghai, China
Creation Anatomy, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Illusion composition and Fantasy, TRUNK GALLERY, Seoul, Korea
Photography Meta fiction, DOOSAN Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean Art Today - The World of Expression, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2007 Shall we smell?, Coreana Museum of Art, Space*C, Seoul, Korea
2006 Garden Faoundation de Coubertain, Le Chateau, Saint Remy-les-Chevreuse, France
2005 Meet, Tokyo Fine Art Uiversity Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Seoul until now, Charlottenborg Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
2004 Stranger than Paradise, TOTAL Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Art in Autumn - Picnic at the Museum, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Stillness and Movement, SOMA Museum, Seoul, Korea
Chang Dong Myung Wall, Changdong Art Studio, Seoul, Korea
2003 endless narrative, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Episode (Chromatic Sensation by HERA), Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul, Korea
Wedding, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2002 Site + Sight - Translating Cultures, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, Singapore
The exhibition - Retrospective, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2001 Seoul Subway Line 7, Seoul, Korea
ArtSpectrum 2001, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
The 5 th Moran Sculpture Grand-Prix show, Moran Museum of Art, Namyangju, Korea
2000 Media city seoul 2000, Subway Project - Public Furniture, , Seoul, Korea
Double Space - Hong Kong , Korea, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, Korea
Ssamzie space Open studio, Ssamzie Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1999 Kumho 10 Years Anniversary Exhibition, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Phobia, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea