Jeong-Im Yi

My painting is an intersection of time and space: I take the stillness of the objects around us, countered with its always changing appearance. Tracing the realm of revelation beyond words neglected and unexplored, I record the small histories of passing time thus translating the past into the present.
Images lie in silence, isolated from the incessant activity of the surrounding world are valuable not in themselves but rather as signs of other things. Employing Trompe l'oeil technique, my work reveals its center of realities through its vulnerable stillness and presence of anonymous stories.

I do not attempt to replicate the world around us. The histories of my paintings accumulate actions, colors, and textures of paint beneath the quietly finished surface. The brush marks on my painting is a point of mindfulness and a record of having been there. My representationally expressed work reassembles the conventional format and invites the viewer on a regressive journey beyond the mundane through the coalescence of space and time.

My work addresses the life of people before me and simultaneously, the life of a painting covering the wall and capturing the personal yet universal emotions of people. The images lies in the space do not elapse in a sequential, linear fashion, rather with repeated accumulation or parallel pauses. These layers combine in a still moment; our momentary mortal gaze as we reckon with eternity. 

Jeong-Im Yi Pic 1

Jeong-Im Yi

Education

  • 2004
    • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. Master of Fine Arts, Painting
  • 1995
    • Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea. Master of Fine Arts, Painting
  • 1993
    • Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting


Awards/Fellowships

  • 2008
    • Artistic Selection Award, 16th Korean Cultural Center Annual Juried Exhibition, LA, CA
  • 2002-2003
    • San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Fellowship, San Francisco, CA
  • 2001
    • Diplome D’honneur, Biennale Des Artistes Haute-Marnais 2001, Chaumont, France
  • 2000
    • Bronze Medal, Salon Violet, Paris, France
    • Tomorrow’s Artist, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
  • 1999
    • Special Prize, Seoul Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul, Korea
  • 1997
    • Special Prize, MBC Art Festival, Seoul, Korea
  • 1990-1992
    • Hong-Ik University Scholarship, Seoul, Korea


Solo Exhibitions

  • 2009
    • Reverent Memories, ArtZone461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008
    • Painting As Silence Witness, NoAm Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 2002
    • Nabis Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2001
    • Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
  • 1998
    • Cho-Heung Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 1996
    • Chong-Ro Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 1994
    • Dong-Ah Gallery, Tae-gu, Korea


Group Exhibitions

  • 2011
    • Making Times, Liquid Space, San Francisco, C
  •  2010
    • Un-Titled, ArtZone461, San Francisco, CA
    • Art for AIDS, Design Center, San Francisco, CA
    • San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
    • Eidolon, Climate Theater, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008
    • Korea Now, ArtLink,Inc, Sotheby's Tel-Aviv, Israel
    • ArtZone 461 Opening Show, Gallery ArtZone 461, San Francisco, CA
    • 16th Korean Cultural Center Annual Juried Exhibition, LA, CA
    • Retrospective of Tomorrow's Artist Award , SongKok Art Museum, Seoul
    • Spring Open Studio, Hunter's Point, San Francisco, CA
    • 80th Year of Celebration, San Francisco Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, San Bruno, CA
  • 2007
    • Artists Go Lightly, Temporary Autonomous Museum(s), San Francisco, CA
    • Reshaping Ordinaries, NoAm gallery, Seoul
    • ChunDam Art Fair, YeeMok Gallery, Seoul
  • 2006
    • ChuSeok Gala, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • 2005
    • Nominated for SECA Award, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
    • Gen Art SF Emerge 05, Warfield Building, San Francisco, CA
    • Ala Ebtekar and Jeong-Im Yi, Lisa Dent Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • Art LA, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, LA, CA -Represented by James Nicholson Gallery
    • Scope New York, NY, NY - Represented by James Nicholson Gallery
    • Making Traces, 33 Grand, Oakland, CA
    • Conversation with the Wall, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
    • Close Calls: 2005, Headlands Center For The Art, Sausalito, CA
  • 2004
    • Cool Beauty-Meeting 21 Young Artists, NoAm Gallery, Seoul
    • Introductions, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
    • MFA Show, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
  • 2003
    • Monologue in Black and White, Gallery Sang, Seoul
    • Art2Go, Artlink@Sotheby’s International Young Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel
    • Fall Open studio, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002
    • eleven& eleven:Korea and Japan contemporary art-commemorational show for 2004 World Cup, Seoul and Tokyo
    • October Report, Artlink@Sotheby’s International Young Art, Tel Aviv
  • 2001
    • Biennale Des Artistes Haute-Marnais 2001, Chaumont, France
    • Salon Violet, Paris
    • Sotheby’s Special Online Auction, www.sothebys.com
  • 2000
    • International Young Art, Artlink@Sotheby’s International Young Art, Tel-Aviv, Chicago, Vienna
    • Flat Bard, Sun & Moon Gallery, Seoul
    • Image-28 Painters, Gallery Eve, Seoul
    • 20 People in Shin Chon, Hyundae Shopping Mall, Seoul
    • Christmas Bird, Online Show
    • Flat Board, Hanseo Gallery, Seoul
    • 2000 Image-27 Painters, Gallery Eve, Seoul
    • Between, Hanseo Gallery, Seoul
    • New Spring Show by 21 Young painters, Yale Gallery, Seoul
    • 1999 Seoul Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul Municipal Art Museum, Seoul
    • 1999 Image-22 Painters, Gallery Eve, Seoul
    • Vision of 15 Painters, Samsung Plaza Gallery, Seoul
    • Joong Ang Art Festival, Hoam Art Museum, Seoul
    • Faculty member show, Chun Buk Art Center, Kimjae
    • 1998 Book/Painting, National Central Library, Seoul
    • Imitation/Figuration/Simulation, Hanwon Gallery, Seoul
    • Researching on Media, Gallery 2000, Seoul
  • 1997
    • ’97 Young Painters, Seoul Municipal Art Museum, Seoul
    • Seoul Contemporary Art Festival, Fine Art Center, Seoul
    • Autumn Paintings, Taewha Gallery, Seoul
    • 31th Korean Fine Art Association Exhibitioin, Art museum of Seoul Art Center, Seoul
    • Korea National Art Festival, Contemporary Museum of Art, Kwachun
    • MBC Art Festival, Art Center, Seoul
    • Joong Ang Art Festival, Hoam Art Museum, Seoul
  • 1996
    • Seoul Contemporary Art Festival, Fine Art Center, Seoul
  • 1995
    • Seoul Contemporary Art Festival, Fine Art Center, Seoul
  • 1994
    • Seoul Contemporary Art Festival, Fine Art Center, Seoul
    • Korea National Art Festival, Contemporary Museum of Art, Kwachun
    • MBC Art Festival, Art Center, Seoul
  • 1993
    • ‘93 20 Paintiers’Contemporary Paintings, Yoon Gallery, Seoul
    • Korea National Art Festival, Contemporary Museum of Art, Kwachun
    • New Form, Yoon Gallery, Seoul
    • C-519, Bak Sang Gallery, Seoul
    • Contemporary Korean Prints, Batangol Art Museum, Seoul

 

Teaching Experiences

  • 2006
    • Lecturer, "Art-The Mirror of Society", Annual Women's Conference, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, San Francisco Stake Center, San Bruno, CA
  • 2003
    • Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA Lecturer, "Old Mater's Technique", SFAI, CA
  • 2000-2001
    • Soong Eui Women’s Collage, Seoul, Korea
  • 2000
    • Kongju Communication Arts College, Kong ju, Korea
  • 1999-2000
    • Catholic University of Daegu, Korea
  • 1999
    • Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea /Chun Kang College of Cultural Industries, Kyunggi, Korea 1998-1999 Byuksung College, Kimje, Korea
  • 1997-1999
    • Researching Assistant, Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea
  • 1995-1997
    • Teaching Assistant, Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea

 

Publications

  • 2009
    • Korea-born painter reflects on time and memory, Virginia Pelley, San Francisco Examiner, July 23, San Francisco, CA
    • Artbusiness, July 11, San Francisco, CA
    • Artist's Forum Interview, Art Price, Vol.65, p 96-105, Seoul, Korea
  • 2008
    • Critic's Choice, Young Take Park, Seoul Art Guide, Vol.85, Seoul, Korea
  • 2007
    • Artists Go Lightly, Current TV, September
  • 2005 2005
    • In Review-top 10 shows in Bay Area, Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, December
    • Nice surprises at this year's 'Emerge' show for new talent, Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, November
  • 2005
    • Wall to Wall, Alison Bing, ePicks, SF Gate, San Francisco, CA
  • 2004
    • Cool Beauty-Meeting 21 Young Artist, p 358-371, Ji-Eun Kim, Art Books, Seoul. Korea,
    • Introduction Show, Date Book, Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, July 24 2001 Misoolsidae(Art Period), Vol. 5, p134-137, Korea
    • Mae il Kyoung Je(Daily Economy), April 25
    • MBC Guide, Vol 6. p104-105,
    • Art in This Week, A&C(Art and Culture) TV Interview
    • Drawing Project For Hyun Dae Mun Hak (Contemporary Literature), September

 

Public Collections

  • Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
  • HeeRim Architect and Planners, Seoul