Jinny Yu, (left) Stroke, 2011, oil on aluminum, 138 x 24 in.; (right) Bent, 2011, oil on aluminum, 24 x 17.5 in.

Jinny Yu


Patrick Mikhail Gallery

Nominally a painter, Jinny Yu explored materiality in her “Latest from New York” exhibition, which included sculpted aluminum and oil pieces. She sees herself at the interstices of identity—of Korean birth, living in Ottawa, practicing in New York, Italy, Montreal, and elsewhere. Her work also operates in liminalities—between installation, sculpture, painting, gesture, and illusion. The seven works in the show mark conversations across these intermediate states, and while they make art historical references, they maintain a safe distance from the “specific objects” of the past. Yu’s intermediations can be taken at face value now that the confines of Modernist media categories have been thoroughly undone. Painting, Wiped, on Wall (2011) is an installation framed by ivory-black pigment. The reflective aluminum square is felt as a presence and as a void when contrasted by the paint—the scale, painterly textures, and site-specificity evoke Lawrence Weiner’s A “36 X 36” REMOVAL TO THE LATHING OR SUPPORT WALL OF PLASTER OR WALLBOARD FROM A WALL (1968).…see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.