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YU Jinyoung was born in 1977, Korea, and currently continues on with life in Seoul. Jinyoung’s art work indicates a sense unconformity in a conventional society where a family refuses to be exposed to the pretentious falsity found in communities. They hide themselves indoors to avoid looking like a friendly family, forced to smile and make small talk with neighbours.

How the alienated family disguises themselves as friendly ones is portrayed through an uncomfortable meeting with guests who attend to family events like big holidays. The children, who came to terms with reputations and bluffs of adults from guest’s visitation, automatically adapt themselves to hold down their emotions. The emotion spreads so far as to a dog. Union Gallery

Family In Disguise by YU JINYOUNG

The artist used a splendid flower on wall, clothes and even shadow in order to hide sad emotions of the family. The flowers in this work may look as a beautiful decoration for welcoming guests. But an intention of the artist is that the flower is more of a concealing tool than decoration. The pattern scatters one’s eye from the family’s gloomy face to the splendid flowers and it produces a bright atmosphere. With this, it seems as the work has changed to a splendid image from the clear and simple works in past, but the artist’s intention of what to express with that face is unchanged. – Union Gallery

Family In Disguise (Adult) by YU JINYOUNG

Family In Disguise (Child) by YU JINYOUNG

Family In Disguise (Child) by YU JINYOUNG

Family In Disguise (Child) by YU JINYOUNG

Family In Disguise (Child) by YU JINYOUNG

Family In Disguise (Adult) by YU JINYOUNG

So, what’s your family like?

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