Rachel Youn

Working across sculpture and installation, Rachel Youn sources materials with a history of aspiration and failure through online secondhand shopping. Venturing into the suburbs, Youn rescues electric massagers from “suburban limbo”, fastening artificial plants to the machines to create kinetic sculptures that are clumsy, erotic, and absurd. Their work identifies with the replica that earnestly desires to be real, and the failed object that simulates care and intimacy.

Rachel Youn received their BFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. They are a current MFA candidate in Sculpture at Yale University.

Solo shows include No Pain No Gain, Sargent’s Daughters, New York, US (2022), Revival, Soy Capitán, Berlin, DE (2022), Greener than Grass, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, US (2022), Hair + NAILS,  Minneapolis, US (2021) and Gather, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, US (2020). Group exhibitions include The Butterfly Affect, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT (2023), NGXX, The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK (2022), Hotspot, Galleria Nazionale d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, IT (2022), Forest through the Trees, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, US (2022), A Knife to Carve a Knife With, La Clinica, Oaxaca, MX (2022), and Retrograde, Galerie du Monde, Central, Hong Kong, CH (2022). Youn is a recipient of the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial Award and has attended residences at Vermont Studio Center and ACRE.

Rachel Youn, born 1994 in Pennsylvania, United States, lives and works in New Haven.





Rachel Youn, “Gather” • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2020


Hot Spot. Caring for a Burning World • Tlon, Aleph, Italy • 2023

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