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. Youn has had solo exhibitions at Hair + NAILS,  Minneapolis, MN; the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, the Bermuda Project in Ferguson, MO; and Monaco, St. Louis, MO. Group exhibitions include Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; LVL3, Chicago, IL; Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY; the Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles, CA; Granite City Art and Design District, Granite City, IL; and Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY, and group shows at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong, and Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO. Youn is a recipient of the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial Award and has attended residences at Vermont Studio Center and ACRE. They will attend the Yale MFA program in Sculpture in fall 2022.

Rachel Youn born 1994 in Abington, PA, lives and works in St. Louis, MO.

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