Jeena Shin

Movement Image Time A
1200 x 850 mm
acrylic on canvas
Titled, inscribed and dated verso
Courtesy of the artist and Two Rooms,
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Estimate: NZD 7,000 — 11,000

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Much of Jeena Shin’s work manifests as site specific installations such as Motus (2013) at the Herald Theatre at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, Movement Image Time (2018) at Te Papa Tongarewa and her contribution to the Artspace Stairwell Project in 2009.

The canvas presented in When the Dust Settles, Movement Image Time A, bears close kinship with her Te Papa installation – a cinematic grab from the midst of a cluster of ululating and prismatic geometric crystalline forms. Her work on canvas, however, is a more sensuous affair with subtle shifts of pigment weight, density and sheen articulating the forms as they dance over the picture plane.

Notwithstanding her restricted palette of blacks and whites, this work evinces a similar commitment to her chosen visual language as that of Ralph Hotere, as well as the fundamental understanding that in the bass notes of the monochrome reside some of the most resonant and potent tonalities.

Artist Biography & History
with Artspace Aotearoa:


Artspace Stairwell Project (1973-) (solo), 2009 — 2011


Jeena Shin was one of eight artists included in Volume 2, published by Artspace Aotearoa in 2012. An essay by Janine Randerson titled The Stairwell As Stage: Jeena Shin’s Artspace Stairwell Project spans pages 7 through 12. Shin’s work is illustrated on page 6, and pages 86 through 88. Volume 2 was the second of two publications that documented and extended the programme of Artspace during the directorship of Emma Bugden (2009 — 2011).

Jeena Shin


Jeena Shin (born in Seoul, South Korea) is based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She is an MFA graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (2000) and holds a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts (1997). Known for her distinctive, fine-tuned sensibility, Shin works with subtle shifts in light, form and tone to draw vibrant gentleness from otherwise unyielding two-dimensional surfaces. Drawing on theories of perception, time and consciousness, Shin’s works on canvas and large-scale wall works are developed from subtle variations and repetitions of her evolving cast of geometric forms. In 2011, Shin was part of the ARTSPACE Residency at Changdong National Arts Studio, Seoul, hosted by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. She has completed a number of major projects, including site-specific works at Adam Art Gallery, Wellington City Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2011) and Artspace Aotearoa NZ (2009). The installation Movement Image Time, was commissioned by Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand in 2018. Recent exhibitions include Surface Effect: Amanda Gruenwald, Jeena Shin, Michael Zavros, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, Ngāmotu New Plymouth (2017), Movement: Andrew Barber and Jeena Shin, Dowse Art Museum, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington (2016) and Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, curated by Natasha Conland