Good bye to your compulsion
Go back to your country
Ken Gun Min's visual vocabulary freely samples from Asian art history and western popular culture, redeploying styles and genres alongside computer generated images with pastiche of smart phone vision, chinoisere / japonisme and kitsch, graphics borrowed from subcultures and the commercials. Often combining paintings with small-scale installations, combining founded objects from estate sale and thrift shop with expensive antique pottery collection from all over the world. By incorporating the different visual languages of traditional art history and 2020s flooded information culture, Min rewrites and expands on the appropriation art of his generation through his use of mixed-material painting methods of production, creating/seeking beyond flat surface.
The show title "g.b.t.y.c" is borrowed from racist's rhetoric “go back to your country", as an artist's respond of 2020s incidents we have been through. It also means "good bye to your compulsion", as an artist’s treat to bring a joyful relaxation to the audience.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ken Gun Min lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at Hong-Ik univ. with Art History and studio painting and moved to San Francisco and studied Illustration for film at Academy of Art univ. He spent a decade in film industry as an artist and production designer, shortly after moving to Los Angeles, he started his career an artist.