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    For over a decade, Semine Yang's practice has been shaped by an interest in the natural world and our inextricable place in its ecology. Referencing often-overlooked organic matter, such as insects and weeds, her paintings reflect an acute sensitivity to time. Its constant evolutions and revolutions are captured through a variety of means. The artist’s recent paintings are the product of a more instantaneously, process-based, and overall holistic approach. 

     

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  • Semine Yang, Constellation, 2022 (detail)
  • The theme of metamorphosis, repetition and difference, is particularly present in Yang’s Dragonfly series, a meditation on light, color, weight, volume, and form – the fundamentals of painting. These entomologically inspired compositions likewise begin as digital drawings before they are translated back into the material and organic world, becoming a surface for the artist’s associative and intuitive experimentations that are reflected in the titles of each work.

    • Semine Yang Constellation, 2022 Acrylic on canvas 120 x 90 cm
      Semine Yang
      Constellation, 2022
      Acrylic on canvas
      120 x 90 cm
    • Semine Yang Snow Skimmer, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 90 x 70 cm
      Semine Yang
      Snow Skimmer, 2021
      Acrylic on canvas
      90 x 70 cm
    • Semine Yang Blooming, 2022 Acrylic on canvas 120 x 90 cm
      Semine Yang
      Blooming, 2022
      Acrylic on canvas
      120 x 90 cm
    • Semine Yang Disco-Ripple, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 90 x 70 cm
      Semine Yang
      Disco-Ripple, 2021
      Acrylic on canvas
      90 x 70 cm
  • Semine Yang, Disco-Ripple, 2021 (detail)
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    "I try to grasp what could be a method, a process, even a formal strategic vision. To think in colors, the features of diffraction of objects mutated in new bodies."

     

    — Semine Yang

  • Semine Yang, K-Painting Barnett, 2022 (detail)
  • Alongside paintings like Constellation or Disco-ripple, are a sub-series of ‘K-Painting’ dragonflies which jovially marry Korean and Occidental cultural references. Alluding to the South Korean musical genre inspired by successful 90’s teen boy and girl-bands in the West, K-Pop has become an industry of its own, manufacturing successful musical groups almost formulaically.

     

    These dragonflies adopt anthropomorphic qualities and are rendered in primary colors, a nod to the Bauhaus and Abstract Expressionist schools, as well as the traditional Korean color spectrum Obangsaek, composed of white, black, red, blue, and yellow.

    • Semine Yang K-Painting Auguste, 2022 Acrylic on canvas 90 x 70 cm
      Semine Yang
      K-Painting Auguste, 2022
      Acrylic on canvas
      90 x 70 cm
    • Semine Yang K-Painting Barnett, 2022 Acrylic on canvas 90 x 70 cm
      Semine Yang
      K-Painting Barnett, 2022
      Acrylic on canvas
      90 x 70 cm
  • Semine Yang, Andre, 2021 (detail)
  • While it may seem ironic to address themes of biodiversity and the natural world from a digital starting point, for...

    While it may seem ironic to address themes of biodiversity and the natural world from a digital starting point, for Yang, the ability to work quickly, itinerantly, and without producing waste reflects a greater ethos toward practicing a non-extractive and harmonious existence. As we find ourselves in an increasingly technologically dominated and virtually integrated world, Yang’s work can be seen as a formal inquiry into the translation and hybridity of organic and inorganic textural nuances.

     

    Andre, 2021

    Acrylic on canvas

    80 x 60 cm

  • Semine Yang, Doodle Waves III, 2021 (detail)
  • In the monochromatic paintings Doodle Waves III and Spiralthe cyclicality of time is expressed gesturally. Inspired by the ebb and flow of a roiling ocean, and the force of energy that builds and crashes in waves, the artist seeks to track this motion in a single line, resulting in a series of hypnotic works that are more somber in tone, in part due to the colder months during which they were realized.

    • Semine Yang Doodle Waves III, 2021 Oil on canvas 190 x 140 cm
      Semine Yang
      Doodle Waves III, 2021
      Oil on canvas
      190 x 140 cm
    • Semine Yang Spiral, 2022 Oil on canvas 190 x 160 cm
      Semine Yang
      Spiral, 2022
      Oil on canvas
      190 x 160 cm
  • Semine Yang, Spiral, 2022 (detail)
  •  "My mind compels me to sing of shapes changed into new bodies."

     

    Metamorphoses, Ovid

  • Semine Yang, Rollercoaster I, 2021 (detail)
  • The way that the seasons permeate and index Yang’s paintings can also be seen in the contrasting festival landscapes Rollercoaster I and Hot Breeze. Working on a tablet, the artist is free to transcribe her physical surroundings and the sensorial associations they evoke in one fell swoop. These surreal topographies are charged with a certain levity and immediacy, transforming them from the plane of pure representation to objects that channel the smells, tastes, and inner life of the artist from one particular point in time to another.

    • Semine Yang Rollercoaster I, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 90 x 70 cm
      Semine Yang
      Rollercoaster I, 2021
      Acrylic on canvas
      90 x 70 cm
    • Semine Yang Hot Breeze, 2022 Acrylic on canvas 97 x 129 cm
      Semine Yang
      Hot Breeze, 2022
      Acrylic on canvas
      97 x 129 cm
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    Semine Yang, Hot Breeze, 2022 (detail)
  • ABOUT THE ARTIST

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

     

    Semine Yang (b.1985, Seoul, Korea) lives and works in Dijon, France. She holds a BFA and MFA from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Dijon, and a degree in Fine Art from the Seoul National University of Science and Technology.

     

    Her work will be included in the group exhibition The Drawing Centre Show, curated by Joe Bradley, Franck Gautherot, Seungduk Kim, and Tobias Pils at Le Consortium, Dijon (2022). Yang is the recipient of the 2018 Prix Jeune Talents Côte-d’Or.

     

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    Semine Yang, Snow Skimmer, 2021 (detail)