SIMULTANEOUSLY ON MARCH 24th 2017 AT 7:30 PM
BUILDING BRIDGES ART EXCHANGE
BERGAMOT STATION SANTA MONICA
LEE WILL ALSO HAVE A LIVE PERFORMANCE SCREENING OF HER WORK AND ART BASEL TALK TITLED PLASTICITY: ARCHITECTURAL BODIES.
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Kyunghwa Lee will be the first female Korean artist and theorist to be featured as a panelist at Hong Kong's Art Basel Conversation and Salon entitled Technologies of The Present | New Media on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 1pm (HKT).
Simultaneously on March 24th 2017 at 7:30pm (PST) at Building Bridges Art Exchange (BBAX) in Santa Monica, curated by Marisa Caichiolo, Lee will also have a live performance screening of her work and Art Basel talk titled Plasticity: Architectural Bodies.
The Los Angeles based event will be connected by live feed to the Hong Kong Basel Art talk event. The dual-exhibition on two different continents serves to illustrate not only advancements in technology and virtual reality, but also explores global intersections of body redefinition, malleability and architecture. Lee had much to say about the nature of her upcoming dual-exhibition.
"We are at the beginning of a new artistic epoch. Artistic creation is no longer just an illustration or picture but a new reality; not an image but the material instantiation of a form or idea in a malleable medium. One day people will choose their body, like we choose clothes to wear. They will be able to do this using 3D-printing technology to achieve their ideal bodies. I scan bodies, manipulate them in virtual reality, and generate 3D-body parts such as enhanced biceps, breasts, abdomens, and legs that contemporary society idealizes and desires. I attach these enhanced body parts to people's bodies to exemplify the plasticity of physical transformation. Traditionally, our bodies have represented a fixed viewpoint from which we experience everything around us, but now we can begin to explore our bodies' malleability. With the help of 3D-printing technologies, we can in principle, put on a new body every day when we wake up!"
After Lee studied Fashion Design at both Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, Korea and the Parsons School of Design in New York City, she pursued a Masters of Architecture at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Design. Since then her work and installations have been featured in a variety of galleries and museums worldwide, including Malleable Bodies exhibition at the Seoul National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Flexible Panoptiosis, Transition in Between, and Urban Façade exhibition at Platoon Kunsthalle. Critics from Seoul to Berlin have given her praise, citing her work as "Her success abroad and in her studies has earned her the International Director position at the Korean Society of Art Theory. Lee's expertise also extends into the consulting world, working with major companies such as OCI Company Ltd.
For Lee, this year's exhibition Plasticity: Architectural Bodies is a bold intersection of architecture, technology, virtual reality, fashion, phenomenology and ultimately philosophy. Playing upon the theoretical frameworks of philosophers from Vilem Flusser to Michel Foucault, the body as a moldable architectural space is realized through a variety of artistic art forms including dance and performance. Audiences at the Los Angeles event will get to experience a live performance screening where six dancers transition between the real and virtual world in realizing their transformation into their idealized bodies. There will also be several Art-Philosopher scholars there to speak on her work. The 3D printed enhanced body parts, lighting, set design, and choreography were orchestrated by Lee herself.
"I hope the performance will encourage audience members to contemplate their identity and body as architectural and malleable," says Lee.
About Kyunghwa Lee: Originally born in Seoul, Korea, Lee lived in both Korea and Japan during her childhood. Influenced by East Asian traditional cultures, she began her career exploring art in food, fashion, and architecture. She studied Fashion Design at both Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, Korea, and The Parsons School of Design in New York City. Later she pursued a Masters of Architecture at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Design and became the International Director for the Korean Society of Art Theory. Her work reflects a cross section of philosophy, fashion and architecture. She has had various installations and exhibitions featured in galleries and museums worldwide including Body Metamorphing at the GANA Art Center. Currently she is residing in Los Angeles, where she also is a consultant for a variety of art, design and architecture firms. To learn more, visit www.kyunghwalee.com.
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