August 01, 2011 - December 31, 2011
Sponsored by Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, South Korea
Minja Gu’s works appear frail, intimate and almost indistinguishable from everyday life. Gu is predominately interested in what society uses and then discards, and with grace, wit and poetry, she reclaims the many supposedly valueless remnants of daily consumerism, such as leftover coffee cups and plastic bags. In addition to her physical artistic production, she also participates in interventions that are at the same time dependent on and mocking of societal norms. These have included running the marathon at her leisure to complete it in a thirty-six hours, a time period too slow and not grandiose enough for the media to remain interested, and a ‘symposium' on love that involved a quite plausible, and yet totally unspectacular, 12-hour rooftop gathering of people of the same age.
Minja Gu lives and works in Seoul, Korea. She received BFA in Painting at Hongik University, a BA in Philosophy at Yonsei University and MFA in Visual Art at Korean National University of Arts. She has participated in residencies at Ssamzie Space, Seoul; Hangar, Barcelona; and Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan. Solo exhibitions include Identical Times at Space Croft in 2009 and group exhibitions include 08 Taipei Biennial, Taipei Museum of Fine Art; Now What, Space Hamilton, Seoul; and Anyang Public Art Project 2010.