We had the good fortune of connecting with Yoory Jung and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yoory, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is something I have to face every day when I am in my studio. It is so easy to fall into mannerism if I don’t take risks with every work. Taking risks doesn’t have to be drastic. All of my current work revolves around one subject matter, Celadon. The finished work may look similar; in every piece, I try to take risks by trying different techniques or approaches. Without risk-taking, I will be just repeating myself. Ultimately, risk-taking may result in failure, but it will always lead to new ideas.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Korean-American painter based in Los Angeles. My paintings are stylistically subject to be considered as an abstract that of, although conceptually not too much. In my continuing investigation of celadon as a reference, material, and process, I am introducing tensions between objective and nonobjective, as well as between performativity and objecthood. I wanted to bring Korean Celadon masters’ craftsmanship into my work by appropriating the process similar to but different from celadon making. 2020 was a challenging year for all. All of my exhibitions and projects were postponed, and there weren’t many new opportunities. However, I am grateful that I had more time to focus on my studio practice. I am looking forward to this year and excited to make more work and show it to the public when the current pandemic gets under control.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA art district has so many great places to eat and look around. To name some of my favorite spots to eat are Bavel, Bluebottle, Salt & Straw, and piehole. Also there are so many great galleries to check out. One of my favorite is Hauser & Wirth. Lastly, it’s where my studio is located!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give shoutout to my fellow artist Haewon Sohn and Jaejoon Jang. We have been working hard to do three person show in Washington D.C. on October. Below are links to their website: https://haewonsohn.com/ http://www.jaejoonjang.com/