Kakyoung Lee’s moving images are focused on the repetitive nature of personal daily life. The monotonous daily ritual is deconstructed and reconstructed in a fresh configuration in which nothing is the same and all things are in continuous flux. Lee combines hundreds of hand drawn images and prints to construct a moving image that reflects the sequence of activities in ordinary life and alludes to her search for her identity in the different geographic and cultural milieus through which she has passed in the travels between her two home countries, South Korea and the United States.
Kakyoung Lee (born 1975) works with moving images, prints, drawings, and installations. She received a BFA from Hong‐Ik University, Seoul, and a MFA from Purchase College, NY. Lee has exhibited widely in Korea and the United States including the Drawing Center; the Lower East Side Print Shop; the Queens Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Seoul Arts Center. Lee has participated in residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, Brooklyn; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs; the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; the Lower East Side Printshop, New York; and the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, New York. Lee is a recipient of awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (2010), the Korea Arts Foundation of America Award for Visual Arts (2010), and the AHL Foundation Award in New York (2009). Lee’s works are in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Library of Congress, Washington D.C., among others.
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Residents from South Korea
Travis Somerville employs painting, sculpture and installation in his practice, which is politically and socially motivated. He works organically in the sense that he usually starts with a central image and lets the piece evolve from there by using found items and ephemera.
Travis Somerville (born 1963) grew up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern seaboard. He briefly studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, finally settling in San Francisco where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute. His large-scale oil paintings and collages present images of political and cultural icons associated with the history of the south. His painting, drawings, sculpture and installations explore the complexities of racism and serve as a point of departure for discussion about US oppression and colonial attitudes abroad. Somerville’s work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally and has garnered critical praise in publications including Art in America, Artforum.com and San Francisco Magazine.
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Residents from United States
Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based artist collective, founded in 2004. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a “readymade artist” and began to develop a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people’s work. Working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today. But if the artist herself is the subjective equivalent of a urinal or a Brillo box – as displaced, deprived of its use value, and exchangeable as the products she makes – there is always the possibility of what she calls the “human strike.” Claire Fontaine uses her freshness and youth to make herself a whatever-singularity and an existential terrorist in search of subjective emancipation. She grows up among the ruins of the notion of authorship, experimenting with collective protocols of production, détournements, and the production of various devices for the sharing of intellectual and private property.
Recent shows include Future Tense, El Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico D.F.; Economies, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; No Family Life, Air de Paris, Paris; Fighting Gravity, Regina Gallery, London and Moscow; P.I.G.S., MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum, Castilla y León, Spain; Where Do We Migrate To?, Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, Baltimore; PhotoMonth, Bunker Stuzki Contemporary Art Museum, Krakow; Network, Mastermind, Casablanca; and Relationship Building, Kunstlerhaus Wien, Vienna. Claire Fontaine is represented by Reena Spaulings Fine Art and Metro Pictures, New York; T293, Napoli and Rome; Galerie Neu, Berlin; and Galerie Chantal Crousel / Air de Paris, Paris. She is now preparing a catalogue with Buchhandlung Walther König.