Justin Yoon

Region: Northeast

  Justin Yoon is a Brooklyn based painter who was born in Los Angeles and grew up both there and in Bundang, South Korea. Early childhood memories of American junk food, old Hollywood movies on late night TV, and listening to jazz on long car drives with his family significantly inspired him to create a world of romantic melancholia, synthetic colors, and a casual lostness of being. With no specific emotions provoked, the group of characters reoccur in a deeply synthetic, yet ambiguous dream-like landscape, continuing on a never ending ‘high school reunion’. The viewer becomes a part of this experience, which feels vaguely universal yet deeply personal. These three characters represent a certain glamorous, queer Asian idolatry as well. By glamorizing such figures in hyper masculine and feminine visuals, they become a symbol of sensual intimacy within oneself.