Image of artwork titled "My dog's name is Galaxy Kimchi" by Ken Gun Min
Image of artwork titled "My dog's name is Galaxy Kimchi" by Ken Gun Min
Image of artwork titled "My dog's name is Galaxy Kimchi" by Ken Gun Min

Ken Gun Min, My dog's name is Galaxy Kimchi, 2022
Korean pearl pigment, silk thread, embroidery wax, collected beads, oil on raw canvas
63 × 40 inches

Ken Gun Min’s paintings explore intimacy, masculinity, and representation across different cultures. Employing a mixture of European oil paints, Korean pigments, embroidery, and beading on canvas, the artist incorporates styles from various regions across history to consciously practice outside the Western gaze. Often featuring nude and queer-coded men, his portraits and lush landscapes concoct fanciful idylls where longing, melancholy, and euphoria manifest irrespective of societal expectations.

For the past several years, Min has focused on the creation of cross-cultural figures and spaces by integrating eastern and western painting styles on a single plane. This practice investigates the way figures and landscapes can be colored by the material and stylistic choices made in their rendering. In both his technical application and the scenes he composes, Min challenges conceptions of sexuality, gender, and race, especially as it is depicted in Western art history.

Ken Gun Min (b. 1976 Seoul, Korea, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) studied western painting and art history and theory at Hongik University in Seoul, Korea and received his MFA from the Academy of Art, University of San Francisco. Solo exhibitions include Silverlake Dog Park, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; Wounded Man, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, K contemporary, Denver, CO; and Becoming Palm Tree, Gae Po Project Space, Seoul, Korea. Group exhibitions that featured Min’s work include Sparkle in, Fade out, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Bozomag: Bozo Family Hoedown, M+B gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and 36 Paintings, Harper’s, East Hampton, NY. He was a Hopper Prize finalist and received awards from Direktorenhaus, Berlin, DE and the Kellogg Foundation, New York, NY. Min’s work has been featured in Artnet, ArtMaze Magazine, Artsy Editorial, and Hyperallergic.

The artist has a forthcoming presentation at the Denver Art Museum and a solo exhibition at Shulamit Nazarian in late 2023.



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