Visual artist Heesun Shin, her art, which is primarily sculpture takes prosaic objects and imbues them with new (and sometimes oppositional) meaning in a deliberate mashup to provoke a new dialogue about some critical aspect of our universal human experience. Shin reflects her own personal story and is very much rooted in modern-day conversations about identity, perception and manifestations of the interior life.  Shin (b.1979, Seoul, Korea) holds both a BFA in painting and an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she currently lives and works.

 

HEESUN SHIN
Born in Seoul, Korea
Lives and works in New York   

EDUCATION
2015  MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2004  BFA in painting, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY   

AWARD 
2003  Life of the Toothbrushes, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Second Place Winner in Illustration

SOLO EXHIBITION
2006  Nature, Gem of Life, Los Angeles, CA 

GROUP EXHIBITION
2017
Up-Root, Periphery Space, Providence, RI (forthcoming)
Immersive Art Experience, Industry City, Brooklyn, NY
Debtfair (participating artist), a project of Occupy Museums, Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2016
Making The Future, curated by Julie Torres and Michael David, DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY 

Summer Solstice: Refresh, Reinvent, Reimagine, New Rochelle Council on the Arts Rotunda Gallery, New Rochelle, NY 

2015
Intricacies of Being, SVA Chelsea Gallery,  New York, NY              
Last Dance, The Old Gem, Brooklyn, NY
SVA MFA Thesis Show, curated by Lumi Tan, Gem Stores, Brooklyn, NY

2014
Accidental Certainty, curated by Richard Brook SVA Flatiron Gallery, New York, NY

2013
NURTUREart Benefit, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery,  New York, NY   

2011
The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, RUSH Art Gallery,  New York, NY
The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, The Bombay Sapphire East House of Imagination, New York, NY

2010
Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
Works on Paper, Gallery LS, San Pedro, CA
Pattern Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
Mail Me Something, Art House, Brooklyn, NY
Hospice of New York, St. Barnabas Hospital,  Bronx, NY

2004
Anxious Utopia, SAPC, New York, NY  

2000
Spirit of Young Painters, Modern Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

PUBLICATION & BIBLIOGRAPHY 
2017
Elastic, No. II- Doubles (forthcoming)
CreativPaper, Issue Four, May 2017

2016
Elastic, No. I- Transitions, p.38  2015
Studio Visit Magazine, Vol. 29 & 30, p.158 

2012
The Art of Connecting-Galleray, May 1: Everyday Wordplay

2011
Studio Visit Magazine, Vol.16, p.193

2010
The Korea Times Newspaper, November 1, Culture A19
The Korea Daily Newspaper, May 14, People & People 8   

2010-2009
The Korea Daily, Illustrations and Short Essay for weekly column, CA  

2010-2007
Jungto, Illustration and Short Essay for monthly magazine back cover  

2007
Jungto Magazine, September, Artist Practitioner

2003
Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Illustration: Winners, p.61
Adobe Design Achievement Awards Yearbook, Chicago, United States

RESIDENCY
2018    Resident, Studios at MASS MoCA/Assets for Artists Residency, North Adams, MA (forthcoming)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2015-Present
Artist Assistant, Suzanne McClelland Studio, Brooklyn, NY  

2014-2015
Artist Assistant, Lisa Sigal Studio, Brooklyn, NY 

2015
Freelance Graphic Designer, Open Sessions, Drawing Center, New York, NY
Intern, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY   

Curator (Yulia Topchiy) Assistant, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY  

2007-2010
Computer Graphic 2D Design Instructor, Vincent Art Institute, Torrance & La Habra, CA

2003
Artist & Calligraphist Assistant, Tae Jung Kim, New York, NY