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Des Moines Art Center Iowa announces Iowa Artists 2017, Yun Shin

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Barbara Briggie-Smith
Tel: 515.271.0343

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Des Moines Art Center Iowa Artists 2017: Yun Shin exhibition is subtle, intimate, and contemplative 

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 2017) – On Friday, August 25 the Des Moines Art Center will open
Iowa Artists 2017: Yun Shin, which will be on view through December 3, 2017, in Blank One Gallery.

Yun Shin’s subtle works on paper result from a practice of careful concentration in which she repeatedly traces the same shapes or renders the same extremely fine line in ink and pencil. In the Pattern Study series, she meticulously connects points in a grid until perfect rows of symmetrical geometric patterns fill the entire sheet. In the Pattern works, the artist enlarges a detail of her mother’s knit work, then repeatedly traces the pattern across the paper, building up layers of silvery ink and paint. Shin’s language of basic shapes and monotone colors lend the work a sense of minimalism, but the personal nature of her patterns infuses the drawings with an intimate tone which is amplified by the time-consuming nature of her process. Each line is made by hand, and each drawing must be worked over repeatedly by the artist to obtain its unique composition and texture. Of her work the artist says, “Through recreating the objects based on my own personal interpretation, I start to understand the intense process of working alone in contemplation. The more I personalize my family’s possessions, the more I am able to see myself in them.” 

Shin is assistant professor of art at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, where she has taught since 2012. In 2016, she was awarded an Iowa Arts Council Fellowship from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Professor Shin has earned several art degrees, including an M.F.A. in studio arts from the University of Texas, Austin; a B.F.A. in craft and material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University; and a B.F.A. in industrial design from Cho Sun University in South Korea. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in cities throughout the United States, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and Minneapolis.

Iowa Artists 2017: Yun Shin is organized by Laura Burkhalter, curator. 

About the Des Moines Art Center

Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists from the 19th century to the present, each through a seminal work. This accounts for an impressive collection that ranges from Edward Hopper’s Automat to Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, Henri Matisse’s Woman in White, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Lake No. 1, Francis Bacon’s Study after Velásquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, Bill Viola’s Ascension, and Cecily Brown’s Half-Bind.

The Art Center’s physical complex marries with the collection for a totally integrated experience. The collection is housed in three major buildings, each designed by a world-renowned architect – Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier. With the exception of special events, admission to the museum is free.

In September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. Philanthropists John and Mary Pappajohn have provided funding for and donated 28 sculptures by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to the Des Moines Art Center. The collection of sculptures by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Keith Haring, Ellsworth Kelly, Jaume Plensa, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, and Mark di Suvero, is the most significant donation of artwork to the Art Center in a single gift in the museum’s history. The Pappajohn Sculpture Park was created in collaboration with the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Art Center, and numerous corporate and private donors.

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