Biography

Jean Shin is best known for her labor-intensive process of transforming exhaustive accumulations of cast-off objects into visually alluring, conceptually rich works.  Her sculptures and site-specific installations navigate the boundary between abstraction and representation, while considering both formal issues and cultural investigations.  Her work has been widely exhibited in major national and international museums, including a solo project at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2004) and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2006).  In Spring 2009, she will be having a solo exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC.

Other venues have included the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Asia Society and Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Art, Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York City, and Galerie Eric Dupont in Paris.  Site-specific permanent commissions have included the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Award, New York City’s Percent for the Arts and MTA Art for Transit.  She has received numerous awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture/ Environmental Structures (2008) and Sculpture (2003), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Art Award.  Her works have been featured in several publications, including Frieze ArtFlash ArtTema Celeste, Art in AmericaSculpture Magazine, Artnews, and The New York Times.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  She lives and works in New York City.

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