Soyoung Shin

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Artist Statement

I am an interdisciplinary Korean-American artist who creates videos, photos, performances, events, and garments. My undergraduate degree is in Computer Science which taught me specific manners of analytical thinking. My work alternates between tackling difficult topics like racism and identity politics, and creating escapes from reality through playful films and meditative installations.

Understanding of my heritage was learned through word of mouth and media representation. Thus, my understanding was narrow and sometimes fictitious. My current body of work makes physical these cultural interpretations. I have been weaving cloth worn by past generations, creating grunge-inspired traditional garments, and interpreting flower arrangements I saw at Korean business openings.

Past work emphasizes detail through serial imagery. In ‘Piano Concerto Houston,’ personal mannerisms during rehearsal were brought to light. In ‘An Object For Measuring Distance’ I used a wayfinder, like those placed on the moon during Apollo missions, to document travel.

I often enact simple gestures complicated by cultural context: I asked white people to wear shooting targets to spotlight recent gun violence towards black bodies. I removed signage from cityscapes emphasizing urban visual clutter. I explored absurd pornography plots through friends’ stories about childhood sexual misconceptions. I asked community members to help raise a handcrafted flag for a feminist organization. I turned my hair into extensions as an open-ended exploration of identity and capitalism.

In addition to my creative practice I’m involved with organizations including the Women’s Center for Creative Work and KCHUNG. I believe shaping one’s community is as important as participating.


CV

Born Seattle, WA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Education

2011
BS, Computer Science, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Group Exhibitions 

2015
Cultural Conversations, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles.
(Im)materiel , Headlands Center for the Arts.
The Butt Show, Fashion Hot Dog 225.

2014
KCHUNG TV , Made in LA, Hammer Museum.

Residencies

2015
Resident, Parlor at the Armory: The World That Begins Where Our Skin Ends, Armory Center for the Arts , Pasadena, CA
Artist Fellow, Montello Foundation , Montello, NV.
Resident, ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) , Steuben, WI.
Open Source Resident, Summercamp’s Project Project , El Sereno, CA.
Artist in Residence, Women’s Center for Creative Work , LA Art Book Fair.

2014
Worker in Residence, Women’s Center for Creative Work, Echo Chamber.

Performances

2015
HomeLA Frogtown, Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA.

2014
Pieter Plays the LA River , with Maya Gingery, Los Angeles, CA.

2012
Strictly Seattle , Velocity Dance Center, Seattle, WA.

Social Orchestrations

2015- present
Her Variety , radio show, KCHUNG, Los Angeles, CA.
FASH MASH, seasonal clothing reuse event, Los Angeles, CA.

Events

2015-present
eat + critique , dinner and in progress critiques for area artists, Los Angeles, CA.

Awards

2014
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

Film Screenings

2014
I AM 12 AND WHAT IS THIS? , Hump!, Seattle, WA.

2013
I want your braaaaaakes. , Bike Shorts Film Festival, Roanoke, VA.

2012
I want your braaaaaakes. , Filmed By Bike, Portland, OR.

Collaborative Work

2014
Piano Concerto Houston, CounterCurrent Festival, Houston, Texas.

2013
Fire!, On The Boards, Seattle, WA.

2013 ‐ 2015
Sanctum, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA.

2011
Micronostalgia, High Tech Low Tech, Ethnography and Folklore Museum, La Paz‐Bolivia.

Bibliography

2015
What Will the Women’s Center For Creative Work Be?, KCET.
®ˆ°∆A .A bB @. … (Increased participation by exceptional young artists), The Korea Times.
.A bBb @1. b. ° . R. (Eyecatching works by young artists), The Korea Times.
(Im)materiel and The Marvelous Real , Art Practical.
An Object for Measuring Distance , RECAPS.

2014
This Is No Exaggeration , Art Dawgs.

Speaking Engagement and Lectures

2014
THE 50% OFF BALLET , Artist Presentation, Dorkbot SoCal, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA.

2013
Guest Lecture , University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

2011
Guest Lecture , University of Washington, Seattle, WA.