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Joo Lee Kang
updated: 01/22/2014
website: jooleekang.blogspot.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Bouquet of Nature #2
Detail of Bouquet of Nature #2
Pattern of Life #1, #2
Detail of Pattern of Life #2
Chaos #4
Chaos #3
Detail of Chaos #3
Bouquet of Nature #1
Blossom #3
Detail of Blossom #3
Detail of Blossom #3
Mandala
Metamorphosis #1, #2
Metamorphosis #1
Metamorphosis #2
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, biomorphic, nature, technology, identity, science, repetition, organic, pattern, surreal
 
 
Bouquet of Nature #2 by Joo Lee Kang
Bouquet of Nature #2
ballpoint pen on paper
2011
55" x  85" 
Detail of Bouquet of Nature #2 by Joo Lee Kang
Detail of Bouquet of Nature #2
ballpoint pen on paper
2011
55" x  85" 
Pattern of Life #1, #2 by Joo Lee Kang
Pattern of Life #1, #2
inkjet print (wallpaper) of ballpoint pen drawing
2011
118 " x  308 " 
Detail of Pattern of Life #2 by Joo Lee Kang
Detail of Pattern of Life #2
inkjet print (wallpaper) of ballpoint pen drawing
2011
118 " x  308 " 
Chaos #4 by Joo Lee Kang
Chaos #4
hand-cut paper installation
2011
70" x  220"  x 14" 
Chaos #3 by Joo Lee Kang
Chaos #3
hand-cut paper installation
2011
80" x  150"  x 7" 
Detail of Chaos #3 by Joo Lee Kang
Detail of Chaos #3
hand-cut paper installation
2011
80" x  150"  x 7" 
Bouquet of Nature #1 by Joo Lee Kang
Bouquet of Nature #1
ballpoint pen on paper
2010
55" x  43" 
Blossom #3 by Joo Lee Kang
Blossom #3
hand-cut paper installation
2011
Dimensions variable
Detail of Blossom #3 by Joo Lee Kang
Detail of Blossom #3
hand-cut paper installation
2011
Dimensions variable
Detail of Blossom #3 by Joo Lee Kang
Detail of Blossom #3
hand-cut paper installation
2011
Dimensions variable
Mandala by Joo Lee Kang
Mandala
ballpoint pen on paper
2010
30" x  30" 
Metamorphosis #1, #2 by Joo Lee Kang
Metamorphosis #1, #2
hand-cut paper installation
2011
Dimensions variable
Metamorphosis #1 by Joo Lee Kang
Metamorphosis #1
hand-cut paper installation
2011
50" x  15"  x 15" 
Metamorphosis #2 by Joo Lee Kang
Metamorphosis #2
hand-cut paper installation
2011
27" x  30"  x 8" 

Artist Statement

By drawing mutated animals and plants, I question nature’s place in the modern context.  What is nature?  What is natural?  The subjects that I portray in my drawings reflect the ambiguity of such definitions.  They show how I feel at loss to describe what is natural in our present day.  Cross-breeding, genetic engineering, and so on; the ways in which humans can control and reconfigure the natural process become more abundant as technology advances.  Should the results of such human-developed processes be construed as a part of nature, or should nature exist independently of human progress? 

Take for example a tree or a forest specimen replaced in a city setting. Simply because we are able to nourish and grow a tree on top of a building, it doesn't mean that we can neglect the effects of doing so.  Couldn't it be that we are moving the tree with enough tact and speed to keep our minds from realizing anything is different, while on a more fundamental level, even our most basic faculty of perception is becoming unavailable to us?  A loose verbal rendition of the question I try to ask in my works is, "If a tree is removed from its natural habitat, even though the basic qualities of it stay intact, is it still the same tree, or better yet, is it even a tree at all?

Artist Bio / CV

Education

2011 MFA School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University, Medford, MA

2006 BFA Duksung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea

Awards & Grants

2011 2012 La Mer New Artist, Gallery La Mer, Korea

One of Selected 5 Artists for Release Your Aura, Aura Gallery, Korea

One of Selected 9 Artists for the Cover of CNB Journal, CNB News & Journal, Korea

Nominated for the Blanche E. Colman Awards

Montague Travel Grant, SMFA

Nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation: MFA Grants 

First place in the 6th Annual Juried Student Art ExhibitionRubin-Frankel Art Gallery

Drawing Competition Award, SMFA

President’s Research Award, SMFA

Dana Pond Award

2007-10 SMFA Tuition Scholarship

2003-5 Duksung Women’s Univ. Merit Scholarship, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

Anticipated on Jul. 2012 Release Your AURA: Joo Lee Kang, Aura GallerySeoul, Korea

Anticipated on Mar. 2012 Joo Lee Kang, Foster Gallery, Dedham, MA

2011 Blossom, McGladrey Art Gallery, Waltham, MA

Metamorphosis, CNB GallerySeoul, Korea

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Anticipated on Sep. 2012 Gallery NAGA, Boston

2011 ARTcetera, Park Plaza Castle, Boston

New Media, Boston City Hall, Boston

Chain Letter 5, Samson Gallery, Boston

Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston

Live @ Best Buy, Best Buy, Boston

Best of the North East Masters of Fine ArtsHelen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT

Medal Award Gala, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A Taste of Boston, 808 Gallery, Boston

Sparring Partners Art Exhibition, Sparring Partners Window Gallery, Harvard Univ., Boston

Drawing Show,  Bag Gallery, Boston

Student Annual Exhibition, Grossman Gallery, Boston

A Private Glimpse, Rubin-Frankel Gallery, Boston

2010 The Next Generation 4Huret & Spector Gallery, Boston

Parallel Archive, William Morris Hunt Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Utopalypse, Yes.Oui.Si. Multi-sensory Exhibition Space, Boston

Collections

Tufts University Art Gallery

Represented by Gallery NAGA, Boston

Represented by the art group, Neue Empiriker, Seoul, Korea