Yoo Junghyun

Shape of the Red Moon, South Korea, 2006

Acrylic on linen, 200x180 cm

Courtesy of Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin/Beijin

Yoo Junghyun paints scenes of nature, with the organisms that occupy these spaces: flowers in gray and black on a background of rough woven cloth, a damaged ecological environment. The flora and the fauna can adapt to the changes occurring around them, but at times these changes are too rapid and extreme for them. Yoo Junghyun’s “Shape of the Red Moon” flowers warns us of such an outcome.

No buds are visible, only blossoms bursting through the cracked skin of paint like scabs on wounds. Yoo Junghyun works with color planes that emerge from beneath the layers of skin, without cutting them. She lets the wounds form scabs and scars, showing us all the stages and transformations the skin of the paint undergoes, blossoming and wilting. The layers of paint express a process of budding, blossoming, and drying until the moment of scarring and renewed birth. The final fate of this sensitive envelope of the self is either to be buried or to be scattered by the wind like ash that turns to dust.