Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Mar 1st 2010 to Apr 30th 2010 | Jul 1st 2015 to Jul 30th 2015
  • FROM : USA

Imin Yeh was born in 1983, and currently lives and resides in San Francisco, California.  She received a Art History with Asian Option from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts.

Yeh is an interdisciplinary project-based artist, working in sculpture, installation, participatory events, and print. Yeh’s practice is unified by a continual pushing at the boundaries of printmaking; a medium at the intersection of popular literacy, commercialism, and social engagement. Copying the aesthetic and process that is ubiquitous in the mass-production of commercial industry, her projects blur the lines between imaginary and “real” businesses, people, and/or products. Through humor, satire, and participation, the artist’s projects engage the viewer in a critical dialogue about the invisible labor and the stories behind the objects we consume.

Her projects include a 2012 commission from the San Jose Museum of Art for Renegade Humor.  She has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Asian Art Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Zero1 Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Meridian Gallery, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Intersection for the Arts, Pro Arts Gallery, Mission Cultural Center, and Southern Exposure.

In addition to her residency at Montalvo’s Lucas Artists Residency Program in 2010, Yeh was in residence at the Blue Mountain Center in New York in 2011, and Sandarbh Artist Workshop in Partapur, India in 2013, and Recology San Francisco in 2014.   Paper Mahjong (2014), second edition.

Her current work, Paper Mahjong, is based on the work entitled Downloadable Paper Mahjong, which was conceived as a way for anyone to build a mah jongg set from free downloadable files.  She worked on Downloadable Paper Mahjong while in residency at Montalvo.

She received an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2011, Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in 2008, and the Barclay Simpson Award in 2009. She was recently awarded a 2014-2016 Eureka Fellowship through the Fleishhacker Foundation and is an adjunct lecturer at San Jose State University.