Rachel Youn


701 N 15th St, 4th Floor

St. Louis, MO 63103

Studio Open Sunday, October 8

Media Type:

Installation, Film/Video/Media Art, Sculpture

My work deconstructs expectations and consequences of material behavior. I desire to queer the static and fixed relationships we have to our possessions and environments in order to destabilize expectations of function and power. With the distrust of fixed distinctions of “authentic” versus “artifice,” the work points to the fluid, unstable nature of identity and culture. Utilizing sculpture and video, I construct and perform Sisyphean situations that are doomed to fail in order to convey a sense of estrangement with one’s self and surrounding environment.

In my newest work, I complicate the pastiche imitation of Western culturally loaded icons, such as marble and Greek columns, and how they are used as a superficial way to indicate value and power. I recreate these symbols with nonstructural material in order to subvert their symbolic power. I queer the stability and function of these objects through the lens of an identity existing in the gray area between cultures, nations and genders, presenting the simple notion that looks can be deceiving.

Studio Features:


Image Credits:
The Treachery of Surfaces, 2017. Polyurethane foam, acrylic latex caulk, latex paint, soil, majesty palm, found print, dimensions variable.
The Treachery of Surfaces (still), 2017, Single-channel video, color, sound, 4:00 minutes.
Queering the Olympics (Track), 2017. Polyurethane foam, acrylic latex caulk, polyester fabric, steel, paint, dimensions variable.
Building Massage (documentation still), 2017. Projection onto the facade of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, color, 3:40 minutes.
TO EAT/ 먹다 (still), 2016. Single-channel video, color, sound, 3:44 minutes.