19 - 23 April, 2017
The Mask Makers
, group exhibition curated by Marcel Dzama
Independent Brussels, Belgium

Above: Great American Spirit (Supplication), 2017 (detail)
Chromogenic metallic print mounted on acrylic
24 5/8 x 16 3/4 inches framed


Smart Dust
9 December, 2016 - 27 January, 2017
Smart Dust
, group exhibition
SLA307, New York

30 June - 5 August, 2016
People Who Work Here
, group exhibition
David Zwirner, New York

10 June - 17 July, 2016
, curatorial project
Knockdown Center, New York

2-25 June, 2016
The Leftovers
, group exhibition
Verge Gallery
University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

20-31 July, 2015
826NYC Group Exhibition & Auction

Organized by Marcel Dzama
David Zwirner, New York

6-23 June, 2013
Peripheral Fantom Index

Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, New Zealand
Newmarket Space

5 February, 2013 - 14 April, 2013
Male Nudes
, group exhibition
The Pah Homestead, TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Artists: Toss Woollaston, Mary McIntyre, Terry Stringer, Dick Frizzell, Euan MacLeod, Nigel Brown,
Andrew McLeod, Sam Harrison, Catherine Carter, Young Sun Han

Exhibition Talk: Saturday 16 March, 7pm

sooner later
15 August - 9 September, 2012
sooner later
Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, New Zealand
Herne Bay Space


6 January - 3 March, 2011
RE-SOURCE, curated by Emanuel Aguilar
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago

Jessica Taylor Caponigro
Young Sun Han
Chad Kouri
Betsy Odom
Peter Skvara
Courtney Timmermans
Russell Weiss
Margaret Wharton
Karl Wirsum

3 September - 16 October, 2010
Last Words Phase 2
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia

Last Words continues with Phase 2 examining the ways in which meaning is constructed in times of uncertainty, when traditional forms of identification are neither consistent or certain. The dissolution of the traditional boundaries of geography and culture, through technology and globalisation, poses particular issues for both artists and society generally, especially as individuals attempt to articulate their place, their histories and a sense of connection within these changing environments.

To be opened by Councillor Robert Kok and special guest speaker, author of Look Who's Morphing, Tom Cho.

13 April, 2010 - 6pm Opening Performance
Exhibition thru 8 May, 2010
Dance of the Cockatrice
City Art Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand

Korean-American artist Young Sun Han presents a new body of work in photography and performance in his second solo exhibition at City Art Rooms.

Dance of the Cockatrice is the title of a set of photographs depicting the artist’s nude body painted in vibrant camouflage patterns to match an appropriated mural based on a screen print by Andy Warhol. Each photograph captures the artist in dramatic poses. The sequence of movements causes his painted skin to stretch and tear, revealing more flesh as the series progresses.

The use of camouflage and a mask, covering most of Han’s face, may refer to strategies in which individuals adapt their identity and personalities to blend into society. While represented as a physical alteration in the photographs, this chameleon-like quality also symbolises a cultural and behavioural adjustment individuals undergo.

Referencing Warhol indicates the artist’s interest in the tension between voyeurism and exhibitionism. Warhol’s subjects were held under clinical scrutiny in video and photographic works that challenged issues of privacy and exposure. As in Warhol’s subjects, Han’s gaze into the lens is self-assured and confronts the viewer like a seductive advertisement.

The camouflage both conceals and reveals Han’s body in different moments, and the dance appears to be an open invitation and ambivalent strip tease. The subject is delicately aware of the viewer and invites such glances. In this instance, the artist implies that the act of voyeurism comes at a cost – a cockatrice, referenced in the title, is a mythological half-rooster half-reptile that possesses the power to turn people into stone with its glare.

A live performance in the gallery will recreate the photographs on opening night. Audience members will be entangled with the artist’s gaze as he stalks around the City Art Rooms space, his armour of paint peeling away with each step.

The ‘dance’ is inspired by the act of cruising, a tug-of-war of the eyes when encountering strangers. It is a simultaneous display of desire and power play, which reminds the artist of looking at art and sexy consumer goods.

Midnight 19 March - Midnight 20 March, 2010
Sliding Mirror, performance
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia

4A presents Sliding Mirror: 24 Hour Embrace by New Zealand-based Korean artist Young Sun Han. Staged in 4A's street front gallery, the performance involves the artist finding strangers matching his physical description through online listing services. At the stroke of midnight, the artist and stranger(s) will embrace for 24 hours. Previously staged in Chicago, this will be Young Sun Han's first presentation of work in Australia.

The embrace, silently endured, will take on the presence of a transient moving sculpture. Using solely the body as a medium, the performance raises questions about intimacy, identity, our longing to connect with others and critically explores an art practice ambivalent to object making.

24 April - 9 May, 2009
Black Candy, group exhibition featuring Helen Calder, Kevin Capon,
Liyen Chong, Gill Gatfield, Young Sun Han, Paul Hartigan, Geoffrey Heath,
John Hurrell, Christian Keinstar, Brendan McGorry, Jessica Pearless,
Clinton Phillips
City Art Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand

1 - 4 May, 2009
NEXT 2009, the invitational exhibition of emerging art
, Chicago
Presented by Swimming Pool Project Space

31 December - 1 January, 2009
24 Hour Embrace and Chimera, performance and light projection
Swimming Pool Project Space, Chicago

13 December, 2008 - 22 March, 2009
The Maui Dynasty
, group exhibition featuring John Edgar, Max Gimblett,
Brett Graham, Janet Green, Niki Hastings-McFall, Hoon Li, Simon Kaan,
Virginia King, Richard Orjis, John Pule, Joe Sheehan, Young Sun Han,
John Walsh; Curated by Anna-Marie White
Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
View exhibition -

4-7 December, 2008

Bridge Art Fair Miami
Presented by Swimming Pool Project Space

30 October - 2 November, 2008

Bridge Art Fair Berlin, OTA Berlin
Presented by City Art Rooms

16 October - 4 November, 2007
invAsian!, solo exhibition
City Art Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand

Smells Like Cologne
, curated by Young Sun Han
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago

, group exhibition featuring Rosemarie Trockel, Beat Streuli,
Young Sun Han, In Sook Kim, Volker Saul, Karl Bohrmann, Mercedes
Barros, Anna Anders, and others
Galerie Rivet, Cologne, Germany

...becoming as a hundred thousand, group exhibition featuring Idora Alhabsih,
Daniel Luke Dorall, Cindy Jackson, Boh Jun Kit, Young Sun Han, Oweng Leong,
Tori Salome and Geraldine Yang. Curated by Victoria Carroll and Simon Soon.
George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Finding Father, solo exhibition
Gallery X, Chicago

Frozen in Light, A Roomful of Images, Photography in Chicago
Group exhibition curated by Matt Goebel
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago