• Minjung Yoo

    I discovered a positive social image, which has been formed unconsciously by social norms, religion or education. I felt that a certain positive human figure exists in a given form such as getting up early in the morning, studying well, active personality rather than timid one, and believed that an implicit purpose for that also exists. I pursued the purpose by making a certain frame. However, since I failed to belong to any of these three items that I selected, I felt deprivation and have always thought that I should be improved. However, I recognized the structures, which unconsciously regulate us in this manner. To get out of these structures, I began a work to pursue a lifestyle in which people can live a natural life following ‘the natural laws of human beings’.
    
    The Confucian culture, which has remained in Korean society until now, made people abstain from emotional impulses and be well-mannered. Endless abstinence and self-control over individual feelings and desires were demanded individuals, in order to follow the community order of 'courtesy' in which the honorific language and the respect for the elderly are emphasized. As a result, people find themselves crying behind the back, learning how to calm themselves down even when they are upset, and expressing humility even when they are flattered. They want to show a mature attitude as an ‘adult’ in order not to hear that 'he or she is just childish'. As a result, we came to control ourselves and feel ashamed to express ourselves naturally. As Nussbaum mentioned, this is based on ‘infant needs for being perfect’, which indicates that people are longing for the perfect state of being in the womb so they are ashamed of the current imperfect state. Why should Eve hide her shame when she recognized the sin after having eaten the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge? Why should we hide the weaknesses given to us like the Achilles heel without respecting them as part of us?
    
    'Religion' has also made people judge what is right and wrong. ‘Love your enemies’ has instructed us not to hate others but to always forgive them. ‘You shall not make idols’ has urged us to only depend on the God in an uncertain future, not on superstitious beings. ‘Never let your left hand know what your right hand's doing’ has made us to always have a modest attitude. The criteria for such righteousness and goodness have not been determined by ourselves, but have already been set, and we had no choice but to follow them. The standard for a right and perfect person requires the abstinence of human nature in order to overcome human limitations.
    
    I tried to get out of confinement and ratings by holding a festivity in my mind. I intended to contain the process of becoming spiritually liberated and myself while emancipating from the Confucian culture and the Catholic religion that unconsciously suffocates us. This is connected with Uber-mensch that Nietzsche said. This is to create the meaning of life through self-overcoming according to the will of self, not the existence of God. That is why I want to look for a positive life for myself in a given situation.
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  • Painting, Mix Media on Canvas
  • 2017 Attending Painting Department of General Graduate School of Hongik University (will graduate in February 2019)
    2016 Graduated from Contemporary Art of Seoul Women's University’s College of Art
    2010 Graduated from Art Department of Kaywon High School of Arts
  • Solo Exhibition
    2017 Gallery KNOT, <Shame, its intense purity>, Seoul
    
    Group Exhibition
    2018. 08  <Algorithm; a set of steps>, Chuncheon Culture & Art Center, Chuncheon
    2018. 08  <Algorithm; a set of steps>, Gallery INSIGHT, Seoul
    2018. 07  Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation <My house, one picture>, Ilsan-Bellacitta, Gyeonggi
    2018. 04  <PUT YOUR LEATHER JACKET ON>, 4LOG, Seoul
    2018. 02  <Paming Exhibition>, Hongik University Moonheonkwan, Seoul
    2017. 12  <Bonaego Exhibition>, Chuncheon Culture & Art Center, Chuncheon
    2017. 11  Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation Art Gyeonggi, the exhibition <Juk-juk>, Hyundai Department Store, Pangyo
    2017. 09  Hongik Graduate School, GPS Exhibition <PETISH>, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
    2017. 01  <Painting Dream>, Hongik University Far East Broadcasting Co., Seoul
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  • Solo Exhibition
    2017 Gallery KNOT, <Shame, its intense purity>, Seoul
    
    Group Exhibition
    2018. 08  <Algorithm; a set of steps>, Chuncheon Culture & Art Center, Chuncheon
    2018. 08  <Algorithm; a set of steps>, Gallery INSIGHT, Seoul
    2018. 07  Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation <My house, one picture>, Ilsan-Bellacitta, Gyeonggi
    2018. 04  <PUT YOUR LEATHER JACKET ON>, 4LOG, Seoul
    2018. 02  <Paming Exhibition>, Hongik University Moonheonkwan, Seoul
    2017. 12  <Bonaego Exhibition>, Chuncheon Culture & Art Center, Chuncheon
    2017. 11  Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation Art Gyeonggi, the exhibition <Juk-juk>, Hyundai Department Store, Pangyo
    2017. 09  Hongik Graduate School, GPS Exhibition <PETISH>, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
    2017. 01  <Painting Dream>, Hongik University Far East Broadcasting Co., Seoul