Interview with Young Gi Han

Could you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what kind of work you make?
I am a Korean artist, who resides and works in Brooklyn. My mirror or brass based-work is in between painting and object, which refers to natural formulation of gemstones and aesthetic of natural existence. It eventually implies the similarity between human and stone; the sole existence. The composition, ellipse, refers to gemstone or human faces, so I make them in the range of human face size. 


Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
I love both ancient and contemporary art. The Metropolitan Museum's African art and Egypt art are my favorite sections. Sometimes, I am inspired by historical technique of ancient objects, such as an ancient mirror, which was once polished stone. It helps me find unlikely mediums and give new art practice ideas in a contemporary art context. Also, from my belongings or design items, I question myself - why I feel fascinated by particular thing, then research the material's origin and history. This becomes more detailed and visualized inspirations to me. 


What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Mirror, or reflective brass, is an important material for me. Slippery texture helps me express natural flow and reflection gives a room for viewers. In addition, cement scraper helps me discover creative shapes somewhere in between plan and accident. 


 Is there a particular artist you feel you relate to? Who are your role models (artists or non-artists)?
I like Rudolf Stingel, whose work engages the audience in dialogue about their perception of art through unlikely medium. He explores the process of creation via conceptual painting and installation. I, too, suggest another viewpoint of painting through study of material, develop conceptually from the process of creation, and ultimately hope to transform paintings into architectural installation. 

Check out Young Gi's work, in our current exhibition, Re Run