By WM, March 2023
From the press release:
A native Angeleno art collector and a Korean based-Montrealer art dealer walk into a bar and ask, “What if we started a gallery?” LA-based writer Spencer Walker has been a client and close friend of Juno Youn of Galerie Youn for a decade. They have attended countless art openings, fairs, and museums together with a shared passion for emerging and established artists with distinctive points of view.
So, Juno and Spencer are launching Mon Dieu Projects at Mohilef Studios April 1, 2023 in Los Angeles. “Mon Dieu” the French expression of “My god!” and surprise is the reaction the curators hope to inspire. It also represents Galerie Youn’s Montreal roots with its roster of eccentric artists, who are thrilled for their West Coast debut. Mon Dieu Projects aims to bring some irreverence to the LA art world with its provocative curatorial choices.
The inaugural group show Intimate Exchanges brings together a beloved selection of figurative artists from the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The curation blends well-known artists, including Nadine Faraj, Michael Scoggins, Shen Wei, and Hugo Alonso with up-and-comers Bernice Lum, Ian Stone, Andrew Morrow, and Sean Mundy. Intimate Exchanges is a playful expression of paintings, watercolor, mixed media photography, and sculpture. The show explores the boundaries of appropriateness with themes of sexuality, vulnerability, and humor. WM