The work of Sung Hong Min is a meditation on the visible and the invisible. the placement and displacement of images. By investigating the material status of the image, he resists a contemporary tendency toward its dematerialization. Through uncanny combinations of materials, which often intermingle construction and deconstruction, Min addresses these questions in media that range from ceramics to casts to photography.
When he moved to the United States, Min studied with John Roloff, a professor at the San Francisco Art Institute. In the 1970s and 1980s, Roloff developed a practice that engages with site, process, and natural systems. Under Roloff’s influence, Min began to experiment with land and environmental art. In 1998, his senior year, he participated in the BaggatArt Exhibition, formerly known as Winter Daeseong-ri. Founded in 1981 and reformed as BaggatMisul (“Outdoor Art”) Society in 1996, the original Winter Daeseong-ri was an art collective that presented experimental installations and performances around the Bukhangang River of Daeseong-ri, in Gyeonggi-do Province. In the Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, Min continued to create works that integrated harmoniously with their environment.