Wednesdays at the Center: FRESCO: That Beautiful Rediscovery

Wednesdays at the Center: FRESCO: That Beautiful Rediscovery
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

FRESCO: That Beautiful Rediscovery
An Artist Talk by Youngsun JIN

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 12 p.m., artist Youngsun Jin will speak about her creative practices. 

Although fresco is the mother of visual art, it has become today a rarefied genre whose practitioners show only moderate interest in contemporary art and art theory. To understand the importance of fresco, one must know the medium and the technique. It is often said that fresco is the noblest yet most difficult art.

The word "fresco" describes a specific technique, the freshly applied, still wet plaster containing pigments ground only in water. This talk reappraises modern fresco by weighing historical precedent and influence from other artistic media.

Jin will discuss how contemporary fresco extends its boundaries with three different types of works: 1) site-specific projects; 2) portable frescoes and fresco installations; and 3) fresco sculptures and frescoes in mixed media. 

The event will take place at noon in room 240 of the John Hope Franklin Center, located at 2204 Erwin Road Durham, NC 27708-0402. Parking is available nearby in DUHS parking decks; for more information about parking, visit  

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Artist Bio:

JIN Youngsun received her BFA from Seoul National University, MFA, Pratt Institute, and Ph.D. from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London.

Jin’s works have been shown in 14 Solo Exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions worldwide. The Main concentration of works is FRESCO that she has made a reproduction of Goguryeo Tumulus painting for the National Museum of Korea in Seoul as well as 3 fresco murals in collaboration with Nam June Paik’s video sculptures: “The Tiger Lives” collection of Sejong Cultural Center, Seoul (1999); Haeinsa Buddhist Museum Fresco Mural (2000); Royal Kiln Museum Mural, Korea (2000). When Jin was teaching Fresco at Central Saint Martins College in London she executed a Fresco + ceramic mural at the Ecology Centre, Mile End Park (2002)



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