Ken Gun Min was born in South Korea and lived in San Francisco, Zurich and Berlin before relocating to Los Angeles, California. Because of living/working in eurocentric capital for almost two decades, his work often comes from challenging the first-world-oriented perspective. For the past few years, his work focused on the creation of cross-cultural figures and space by using mixture of oil painting and Asian pigment with collected beads and vintage crystal on raw canvas.
He studied western painting and Art History&Theory in Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea and received M.F.A from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
"In our daily lives, we are in constant encounter with imagery, navigating through smart phones, monitors and textbooks, etc; everyday there are countless numbers of visual information being dumped into your awareness. These images are being infinitely reproduced and distributed, passing through your cognition filters to either be remained or to be trashed.""
Ken Gun Min collects selective images in his materials bank at any time. He can find almost everything he is interested in online. His painting often combines references sourced from this collection, his own photography or commercial illustrations with an array of seemingly random copies or vintage animation clips or screen captures from a random twitter feed. These juxtapositions occur side by side or reconstructed on canvas. Ken is interested in looking back at his selection process; how he selects and uses these images artistically.
"The flow of images show and influence the way I make art, more specifically, influence they way I see or I live."
The diversity of categories, media and historical references become materials to use. His materials bank is growing exponentially, and it also evolves to compress its data into many layers of "seeing". These layers are always encountering each other and creating new context and flow.
"I am fascinated by this moment of encounter. This moment guides me to find out how I see."