Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn't know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things. (2, tr. Burton Watson 1968:49)
I make videos from two and three-dimensional drawings that are 100 or 200 feet long.
I began remembering my dreams when I moved to the States from my home in Seoul, Korea in 2005. In one, I cross a bridge which connects Seoul and New York, I travel to many different places on trains and airplanes, I visit and explore a house which is located on the border between America and Afghanistan.
I am making a series of videos that stem from recurring dreams. I make two and three-dimensional drawings out of cardboard boxes, paper, tape, plastic, and hair. I arrange these drawings sequentially sometimes 100 or 200 feet long and film them in one long take using a tiny spy camera. In one piece, American suburbs, Islamic villages, European architecture and Korean landscapes endlessly appear and reappear.
, a small model train containing a spy camera travels through a desolate world. Although without human presence, we see many animals. As in Hitchcock’s the Birds
, the break down of the natural order is signaled by the fact that there is something wrong with the animals.
The drawings and sculptural models allow me to fuse dreams, fantasy and reality. The spy camera creates the vantage point from which the viewer moves through and experiences this fictional space.
Artist Bio / CV
B.F.A. Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 2002
M.F.A. Combined Media, Hunter College, New York, NY, 2008
Awards, Fellowships, Residencies
2009 Artist Grant, Tony Smith Fund, Hunter College, New York, NY
2009 Artist in Residence, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
2009 BCAT/BRIC Rotunda Gallery Video Program, 2009-2010, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Residency Fellowship, Constance Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca, NY
2009 Visiting Artist, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
2009 Residency Fellowship, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
2009 AHL Foundation Artist Grant, New York, NY
2008 The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Artist Grant Nominee, New York, NY
2003 Blindsound, Digital Medial Workshop, Seoul, Korea (Blindsound.com)
2008 5th Annual Reel Venus Film Festival 2008, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
Detour – Third International Video Festival, Cairo,2008, Medrar for Contemporary Arts, Cairo, Egypt
2010 2 Person Show, Lab Gallery, New York, NY
2009 View Points: Artifice and Reality, 2 Person Show, Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor, NY
2009 Eclectic Visionaries, AHL Foundation Award Exhibition, New York, NY
Collage Logic, Storefront Artists Project, Pittsfield, MA
Part I, Cabernet Initiative. Brooklyn, NY
2008 Observatory, 2-Person Show, Studio 13F, New York, NY
Collage Logic, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
to: Night, Times Square Gallery at Hunter College, New York, NY
MFA THESIS SHOW, HUNTER COLLEGE, New York, NY
ARTEXPO, New York, NY
Last Picture Show, ArtFormz, Miami, FL
2007 Fake Fake Fake, 2-Person Show, Doppeldde, Dresden, Germany
Deviant Behavior, Group Exhibition, ArtFormz, Miami, FL
Hun International, Group Exhibition, Hun Gallery, New York, NY
Eternity, On-line Exhibition, Caladan Gallery, Beverly, MA
Benjamin Genocchio, Piecing Things Together, New York Times, October 19 2008
Abby Luby, Collage Logic, Roll Magazine: October, 2008
Matt Frey. ‘Collage Logic’ at Ann Street Gallery, October, 2008
Carlos Suarez De Jesus, Alternate Reality, Miami Times, May 2007