The Echo of Disappearance

March 19th - 27th, 2011



This exhibition presents the work of two Korean-born, New York-based artists, Sun K. Kwak and Sungmi Lee. The dialogue between the two artists’ delicate and serene expressions with mundane and ephemeral materials, such as black masking tape and smoke, responds to the nature of momentariness. In both artists’ work, these transitory substances will not just fade away but remain as a subtle reminder of passing time we often neglect.

Kwak is well known for her “space drawings,” which feature black masking tape drawing in spaces of different scales. The transient aspects of the temporary existence of both tape drawings and Kwak as a human being provoke viewers’ subtle sensation of the dynamic transformation of the space and make them realize the soon-to-be vanishing nature of both. In this exhibition, Kwak will give viewers a glimpse of her signature site-specific drawing installation that uses masking tape; that is her four days experience of and response to the space. In addition, Kwak will show her small-scale drawings on paper from the Following Dots and Lines series and the Times Composed series, in which images are reflected from her collective experiences of different spaces and times throughout life.

Lee’s work envelops a fleeting daily life, which encapsulates the constant practice of artmaking and the method of nurturing herself using ordinary materials. Throughout her body of works, Lee often deals with translucent media, layering them over and over, and thereby creates mysterious murky surfaces that strangely invite viewers to a conversation. The pieces that are shown here, Evanescence III and Evanescence VI (2007), entrap incense smoke in Plexiglas. As the repetition and time-consuming aspects of Lee’s works become her personal ritual and healing process in such a poignant way, viewers will be able to encounter her private and meditative practice.

Sun K. Kwak received her M.A. from New York University in New York, USA and B.F.A. from Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. She has had solo exhibitions include The New Art Gallery Walsall in Walsall, England (2010), Brooklyn Museum in New York, USA (2009), Gallery Skape in Seoul, Korea (2007), and Queens Museum of Art in New York (2001). She had a drawing performance, a collaboration with Cuban Choreographer Judith Sanchez Ruiz in Works & Process at The Guggenheim Museum (2010). Her work has also included in group exhibitions: Samsung Leeum Museum of Art in Seoul (2010), Korea, New Children’s Museum in San Diego, USA (2009), Haus der Kulturen de Welt in Berlin, Germany (2008), Total Museum of Art in Seoul (2008), Korea, The 6th Gwangju Biennale in Seoul, Korea (2006), and The Drawing Center in New York, USA (2004).

Sungmi Lee earned her M.F.A. from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and B.F.A. from Emmanuel College in Boston, USA. She has her solo exhibitions at Gana Art in New York (2010) and C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore (2006, 2007). Her work has exhibited at Rush Arts Gallery in New York, The ART embassies program, Seoul, Korea, P.S.1/MOMA in New York, The Menil Collection in Houston, and The National Academy Museum in New York, USA.

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