Mi Ju, ‘Nest #6’, 2014, Freight + Volume

About Mi Ju

In her all-consuming, mixed-media paintings and installations, and her delicate drawings and photographs, Mi Ju forges together numerous oppositions: dreams and reality; ancient and contemporary; East and West; earthly and spiritual—into capacious, bug-eyed deities containing them all. She focuses primarily on painting, producing massively scaled, lushly colored compositions, whose cartoonish god and goddess figures are formed out of an accumulation of meticulously detailed individual elements. In Food Zoo (2013), for example, massing bits of food coalesce into a venerable lion. Mi draws upon her Korean heritage to create these cosmic-earthly visions, which recall indigenous deities. Though she describes herself as an “inheritor” of the multitude of conflicts shaping the Korean Peninsula, her works are all optimism, as she describes: “It is my hope that these images…will become emblematic of states of optimism.”

Korean, b. 1983, Seoul, South Korea, based in Brooklyn, New York

Solo Shows

2018
Gallery Poulsen, 
Copenhagen, Denmark,
Solo Exhibition
2017
Carol Schlosberg Gallery, 
Massachusetts, USA,
Solo Exhibition
2012
DNA Gallery, 
Provincetown, MA, USA,
DNA Summer Residency Program Exhibition
2012
Steuben South Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
Gaia, MFA Thesis Exhibition
2012
Freight and Volume Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
Gaia
2010
Fecal Face Dot Gallery, 
San Francisco, CA, USA,
Landscape and Being
2009
Fecal Face Dot Gallery, 
San Francisco, CA, USA,
IN-N-OUT
2006
Yeungnam Museum Artspace, 
Daegu, South Korea,
Birdtree

Group Shows

2018
2017
2017
New York,
The Secret Life of Plants
2016
The Carnegie Art Museum, 
Oxnard, CA, USA,
Environmental Impact
2015
The Rodge Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
The Copenhagen Interpretation
2014
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, 
Malibu, CA, USA,
Environmental Impact
2014
Freight and Volume Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
A Benefit Auction For Mercy For Animals
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