Joonhong Min

London, South Korea

Joonhong Min is a visual artist based in London and Seoul.

The competition in major cities is fierce. Joonhong Min captures chronic feelings of anxiety–living with people obsessed with success, falling behind in the competition and being alienated from others. He deals with this urban life that elevates the chronic anxiety as a main theme in his work.

Disused wrapping paper and building materials, once used to compose cities, which exist in people’s lives, are the dominant materials for his artworks whose subject matter is the city. He finds and collects these waste objects from the streets every day. He then dissects their original forms in order to function and reassemble these collected materials in his own way. Through this process, he makes three-dimensional installations. The installations bring up the images of buildings in cities with the vertical and horizontal shapes.

On the surfaces of these installations, he unfolds his impression of cities with ink pen drawings. The consistent thickness of the line, tightly drawn into hatches with ink pen, fills the surface in an even manner particular to this medium. Unlike the various thicknesses of pencil and infinite colors of painting pigments, the monochromatic pen drawings are expressed by methodic composition of lines. The finished visual outputs are arranged in installations, which serve as a response to the real space and transform as the images spread out to the flat field.

Key facts

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  • From Seoul, South Korea
  • Currently living and working in London, UK
  • Holds MFA in Media Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art (2016)
  • Solo exhibition: Urban Methodology, The Consulate of South Korea Project Space, Milan, Italy (2016)
  • Exhibited at Linguistic Legacies and Lunar Exploration, Serpentine Gallery, London (2016); Making Do, University College London, London (2016); The Slade Show 2016, University College London (2016);The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London (2016); Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize Shortlist Show, Ashurst LLP, London (2016)
  • Artist-in-residence at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2016)
  • Awarded The Henry Tonks Prize, The Slade School of Fine Art, London (2016); Batsford Prize, The Cass Art Islington, London (2016); Jerwood Drawing Prize, London (2015)