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Yossi Milo Gallery Announces Representation of Yoon Ji Seon

Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce representation of Yoon Ji Seon (Korean, b. 1975). The Gallery will present the artist’s first U.S. solo exhibition as part of its 2015-2016 season.

For her inaugural exhibition, the Gallery will feature works from Yoon Ji Seon’s ongoing series Rag Face, a collection of self-portraits made by intricately stitching photographs with a sewing machine. Yoon will also present a selection of earlier works from her series Sew Me and What am I to you?, completed between 2007 and 2009.

In the series Rag Face, exaggerated facial expressions differentiate each self-portrait, which is enveloped in multiple layers of thread resembling painterly brushstrokes. Yoon stitches over her face and particularly her mouth, often leaving only the eyes untouched. The subject’s features are obscured and distorted, creating a new identity inspired by ancient masks. Loose bundles of thread hang from the surface of the image, mimicking hair or tattered rags and forming a three- dimensional, sculptural object. Through the artist’s process of simultaneously building up and obscuring the image with labor-intensive needlework, Rag Face breaks from the confines of time and space in traditional photography and from the expectations of self-portraiture.

By sewing the photograph, a second image is generated on the back that is both a reflection of the front and a completely new image. The two images, combined with the original photograph as a third representation, recall the Buddhist theory that an object exists in many forms and there is no true form. Yoon Ji Seon’s work addresses Buddhist ideology deeply rooted in contemporary Korean society and confronts issues such as plastic surgery and suppression of speech.

Yoon Ji Seon has had solo exhibitions at Ilwoo Space, Seoul; Space MOM, Cheongju; Song Eun Art Cube, Seoul; Restree, Seoul; and Gallery Halfway, Daejeon. She is the recipient of the 2014 Daejeon Culture and Arts Foundation award, 2013 Ilwoo Photography Prize and 2011 Song Eun Art Cube award. Rag Face, Yoon Ji Seon’s monograph, was published by Hatje Cantz in 2014, with essays by Young Min Moon and Suejin Shin. Yoon has an MFA and BFA from Hannam University in Daejeon, Korea. The artist was born in 1975 in Seoul, South Korea, where she continues to live and work.