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b. 1973, New Zealand

Jeena Shin Biography

‘The paperfold is a dynamic artefact, unstable and evolving.

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Jeena Shin’s paintings critically examine the spatial properties that inhere in a reticulated network of fold lines. They also probe the visual and spatial resonances produced by varying the intensities of a single colour. Her works acknowledge that colour is deceptive, relative, and duplicitous. The artist is keenly aware of what Josef Albers has already noted, ‘with colour we do not see what we see. Because colour, as the most relative medium in art has innumerable faces or appearances’.

Whilst meticulously crafted by hand, the subject matter of Shin’s paintings exemplify the propensity for ‘Shiftiness’ found within the digital design realm. Her collections of planes overlay one another, so that interior and exterior spaces are seamlessly enfolded. Her works also reveal multiple viewpoints concurrently. Dependent upon the location of the viewer and the changing intensity of natural light, Shin’s work reveals or conceals particular qualities of the paintings.

From a substantial distance, the works resemble monolithic monochromes. However, viewed at a middle distance, the reticulated network of folded planes and the surfaces formed between them are disclosed. Close up, one can admire the taut, polished finish of the painted surfaces and the thick, immaculately rendered crease lines formed by the accumulated layers of pigment. Shin’s works probe the interstitial spaces found within folded surfaces. Contingent upon viewer position, their undulating, serpentine forms are revealed or concealed from view. Through her strategic deployment of the oblique, Shin generates painterly spaces of rich complexity.

Jeena Shin Featured Artworks

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S2-4 by Jeena Shin contemporary artwork painting
Jeena ShinS2-4, 2019Acrylic on canvas
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
S1-2 by Jeena Shin contemporary artwork painting
Jeena ShinS1-2, 2019Acrylic on canvas, dimensions variable
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
S2-2 by Jeena Shin contemporary artwork painting
Jeena ShinS2-2, 2019Acrylic on canvas
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
S2-1 by Jeena Shin contemporary artwork painting
Jeena ShinS2-1, 2019Acrylic on canvas
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
S1-1 by Jeena Shin contemporary artwork painting
Jeena ShinS1-1, 2019Acrylic on canvas
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Time slice I, II, III by Jeena Shin contemporary artwork painting
Jeena ShinTime slice I, II, III, 2019Acrylic on canvas
85 x 60.5 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Motus #7 by Jeena Shin contemporary artwork painting
Jeena ShinMotus #7, 2015Acrylic on canvas
118 x 84 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Movement image time 1 by Jeena Shin contemporary artwork painting
Jeena ShinMovement image time 1, 2017Acrylic on canvas
120 x 85 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery

Jeena Shin Recent Exhibitions

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Jeena Shin Represented By

Two Rooms contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Two Rooms Auckland

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