Ken Gun Min
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. Artist Statement
In our daily lives, we are constantly encounter with imagery, navigating through smart phone, monitors and texbooks, etc; everyday there are countless number 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.I collect selective images in my material bank time to time. I can find almost everything I am interested in online. My painting often combine references sourced from this collection; my own photograpy or commercial illustrations with an array of seemingly random copies or vintage animation clip or screen capture from random twitter feed. These juxtapositions occur side by side or reconstructed on canvas. I am more interested in looking back my selection process; how I select and use 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 historycal refferences become materials to use. As this material bank is not only growing exponentially but it also evolves to compress its data into many layers of "seeing". This 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.