Pluto's Letter

6 Mar 2018 – 28 Apr 2018

Galerie Maria Lund

Île-de-France, France


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  • M8 Chemin Vert / M1 Saint Paul

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In 2006, Pluto was excluded from the solar system and was downgraded to the status of “dwarf planet” because of its mass and its volume, both too little, and a “deviant” trajectory. Min Jung-Yeon was inspired by the symbolism of this rejection of a small different planet with a heart of ice.


Thus, Pluto’s letter explores the notion of reconciliation with loss, integration of what escapes our understanding, of other viewpoints and assessments. This desire for balance despite differences, for cohesion in spite of contrasts, finds its pictorial expression in the artist’s new works. A third dimension, that one of a denser and rougher matter, has recently appeared and dialogs with the extremely fine and precise strokes (that were) already present in her earlier works. The color is used sparingly in a palette where soft and light tones as well as Indian ink black dominate.

P l u t o ‘ s   s t a t e m e n t

The compositions show landscapes, urban sprawls or isolated elements. Certain works are defined by a “full”, whereas in others a single pictorial element comes to break the reigning ”emptiness”. Construction and deconstruction entangle themselves, intersect ,coexist, just like human creation and nature, alternately dominating each other. Fluxes and movements meet calm and isolation, images of our reality,  those of a vaporous and dreamlike world and the subtle memory of tragic recent history mingles with visions of great poetry. In 1980,  the year Min Jung-Yeon was born, her native area in the rural region of Gwangju, South Korea, was the scene of a massacre- where a a rebellion in the academic world was violently hushed by oppressive forces. The political reality of a still young democracy is often depicted in her work. Here through the presence of sheep, peacefully grazing grass, on one side of a wall blocking their view and obstructing their access to information (Mensonge/Lie). In 2017, her installation Blanc comme une héron (White as a heron) - a large immaculate white sculpture made of feathers placed in the center of a mirror - recalled the innocence claimed by President Park, impeached since then. Hibernation is the title of a drawing of a rough “diamond”, a geological fragment with multiple strata,engulfing a horizontally growing tree. The point of the diamond is slightly blue but its triangular shadow is deep green. Thus, the exterior appreciation of a subject differentiates itself from the interior identity of the subject itself. The question of perception and its limitations is also raised in Souvenir de l’ombre (Memory of the shadow) that presents, on its left side, a mountain landscape wrapped in a blue fog, against a wall, which luminous back carries the shadows of several trees. Hence the wall marks the interface between two worlds, one dark and the other sunny.

o r g a n i c   -   g e o m e t r i c

If representing the organic and the geometric has often been the metaphor for the feminine in opposition to the masculine, for their struggle or on the contrary for their fusion, the juxtaposition of natural elements (trees, strata, mountains…) with fragments of construction (roads, walls, staircases…) seems to have taken a more civilizational dimension in Min Jung-Yeon’s newest works. The organic has little room, is having a hard time or is isolated by a continuous movement as in the drawing of a rotating road. Time moves forward, crushes, replaces, absorbs; it is represented by strata that can be seen inside colossal constructions. In some artworks time seems frozen; we are in the realm of dream and the beauty of a mountain, of a rock or of fog enveloping them; the earth and sky are one, nature becomes a refuge and traditional Korean painting is echoed.

Pluto’s heart is softened, worried because of what he sees of the human planet.

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Min Jung-Yeon


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