Critical Feedback

A-N- Future Forecast 

Guardian/Courvosier ‘Future 500’

Observer Magazine ‘Creative Top 50’

Interval; A Narrative Psychosis- Top 5 To See, Guardian

“Jay Yung’s exhibition has stayed with me and I find myself, surprisingly, remembering snippets of her films and details of the work… the tiny fragments of fabric, the embroidery and hanging dress- the very odd and unsettling gun pointed upwards- all of this coming together to heighten the oddness, the rather sinister elements of the sculptural setting. it did have elements of a mike nelson experience- but rather than being a parody I found the work to be original and ultimately strong.”

JUDITH KING, CURATOR, ON ‘INTERVAL; A NARRATIVE PSYCHOSIS’

“Jay’s performative work is rare and needs to be presented in Hong Kong.”

JEFF LEUNG, PROJECT MANAGER, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE

“Yung’s practice; the lyrical, delicate and powerful chronicle, is embedded in the technological and its relationship to what Nicolas Bourriaud describes as the altermodern. in particular, yung gives materialization through her video and interdisciplinary approach to four of the manifesto’s principal concerns…. similarly yung evokes Brakhage’s contemporary video art as moving visual thinking, or American experimental filmmaker and socialite marie menken “to improvise with a camera and edit while shooting. she filmed with her entire body, her entire nervous system… she gave us a new beginning. she took the film – the non-narrative film, the poetic film, the language of film – in a completely new direction, away from classic filmmaking and into a new adventure.”

– ALEX HETHERINGTON, CURATOR, ARTIST

“This is the best exhibition I’ve seen at Cornerhouse in the whole ten years I’ve worked here… there’s such diversity of materials- wood – hand drawn, sculpture… the way you’ve used the light and positioned everything, the environment is warm and inviting but there’s also something deeper- it’s also quite dark… i can spend hours engrossed watching the different videos…”

-DEAN, CORNERHOUSE STAFF

“Is life difficult? with jay yung as a guide, it seem more livable, she leaves a memory of the world behind and we are free to interpret and see beyond the action.”

– JEAN CLAUDE GAGNIEUX, ARTIST, PROFESSOR

“Favourite event was the talk by Kai-Oi Jay Yung, at first I couldn’t understand the way of thinking. Then it hit me and it moved me emotionally, I was surprised how I felt.”

VIEWER, GRUNDY ART GALLERY

“You are very skilled, read people clearly and have a critical successful control of your performance in relation to the site. People’s thoughts and emotions journey with the ups and downs of you and your actions… almost everyone has forgotten themselves when you end your performance, and a burst of warm and long applause follows. my hands are beat red. i believe it is sincere applause. It was a complex theme and background, serious and funny juxtaposition, after the superficial level of expectation there was intent focus, hearty laughs- everyone was impressed by the deeply embedded intrinsic truth of your performance…”

-DU LIANG, PARTICIPANT/VIEWER

Education/Workshop Devisal and Facilitation

-Reference: Lee Quinlan, Penwortham Girl’s High School, Art Tutor.

As an experienced art teacher I have worked with many artists and specialists who have delivered many varied workshops. I can confirm without hesitation that Joyce is always top of our list for delivering fantastically innovative, interesting and informative workshops. The pupils (and staff) always respond in a positive fashion to Joyce’s warm, sincere and enthusiastic approach.
Penwortham Girls’ High School always when booking our visit to Tate Liverpool, asks specifically for Joyce to lead the workshops.
We regard Joyce in the highest esteem.

– EMMA FRY, EDUCATION MANAGER

‘Kai-Oi Joyce Yung is becoming something of a regular at Cornerhouse as her innovative, interactive and hugely enthusiastic approach to connecting public audiences with our cultural programmes has proved a particular hit. Joyce has put together fantastic interactive courses for the public to enjoy’ Emma Fry, Education Manager

BACK IN 2006-

“Kai-Oi Jay Yung is one of the most promising artists to graduate from the school of fine art in the last decade. [Her] multi-media sculptural installation which, embodying originality and maturity with quick intelligence and humour, was quite exceptional. the physical realisation of the individual pieces and the whole installation was handled with equal sureness, not least in integrating the various media that she employed. her visual work was backed up by a dissertation of publishable standard, which showed a deep and wide-ranging knowledge of contemporary art and culture. in my view, Jay is simply the real thing, an artist to the core, and will be in all circumstances that she meets.”

– DR E. MCARTHUR, HEAD OF FINE ART, DUNCAN OF JORDANSTONE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Jay is exceptional … [with] a strong body of artwork that crosses a wide range of medium, from painting and drawing through to sculpture, video and installation and particularly the involvement and interest in identity… explored through her work.

She has continued to develop and nurture her practise and connections, most notably through her selection to be artist in residence at Cove Park through August and September as well as exhibiting in The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh at Liverpool Biennial and at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

[This all] demonstrates her ambition and unique creativity as an artist and her ability to set goals and achieve them. In particular, she is interested in widening discourse and inclusion of audiences beyond the regular gallery visitor. Her interest in issues of identity have been applied realistically and formidably in far-reaching multi-media projects that draw on integrating and speaking to those communities that may be segregated or marginalised. Her projects have proven to encourage and stimulate participation, involving more people in the arts.

She has been fantastic … to work with and an important member of her peer group. She is .. an extremely capable artist who, I believe, will add life, creativity and vitality to any project she undertakes.

GRAHAM FAGEN, ARTIST/SENIOR LECTURER, DUNCAN OF JORDANSTONE COLLEGE OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

 

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