Artist and curator Stephanie S. Lee has announced two exciting new exhibitions for the Fall of 2019.
From September 7th until the end of October, Stephanie holds a solo exhibition, ‘Modern Virtue in Pigment & Ink‘, at the Closter Public Library in New Jersey. Stephanie’s works concern themes of materialistic desire and the pursuit of happiness which are too often mistaken as the same thing.
In this 7th solo exhibition, she focuses on Munjado, one of the genres in Korean Folk Art, Minhwa, that depicts Confucian virtues in the form of large Chinese characters. Stephanie recreated this by using Hangeul, Korean Alphabet, with contemporary visual elements conveying what people in modern society believes as ethics to maintain a successful and good life.
As a Korean-American, Stephanie draws strongly on her roots
for artistic inspiration. She uses traditional materials such as natural mineral pigments, ink, and Korean mulberry paper and adopted both visual and conceptual elements that are used in traditional Korean folk art. This new collection of her work melds the traditional Korean Folk Art known as Minhwa with the modernity, creating fun and vibrant masterpieces.
From September 13th to September 28th, Stephanie will be exhibiting art in a show she also curated titled ‘Threads &
Pigments’ at Flushing Town Hall in Queens. The exhibition title symbolizes diversity and represents a connection between cultures. From hand-stitch threads to colorful pigments, a wide array of contemporary Korean visual arts will be introduced to the public. New artworks from nine Korean-American artists will be presented as described in the official press release:
Interdisciplinary artist Jayoung Yoon will present delicate two-dimensional fiber art painstakingly crafted with hair and thread.
Artist Kyung Han Kim attempts to change the daily prejudice of media with his needlecraft artwork. Artists Sui Park and Dong Kyu Kim created three-dimensional artworks using everyday objects, such as zip ties and receipts, to suggest new perceptions on objects and life. Artist Sueim Koo and Jake Seo created colorful and intriguing textures by implying collage and embroidery on canvas. Artist Jeong Min Park sprayed colorful pigments on the canvas to create meditative visual echoing distant scenery of mountains. Artists Wonju Seo and Stephanie S. Lee’s work illustrates the reinterpretation of Korean tradition with a modern perspective. Wonju’s fiber artwork is inspired by Korean hand-stitched patchwork called Jogakbo and Stephanie’s painting is inspired by Korean folk art, Minhwa.
This exhibition is made possible in part by Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. And also supported in part by The Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College, CUNY.
Stephanie S. Lee hopes that these exhibitions will help viewers to
understand diversity and to engage with multicultural aspects, both tradition, and contemporary without boundaries.
Stephanie earned both MS and BFA from Pratt Institute and studied Korean Folk Art painting at Busan National University in South Korea. She has had her work exhibited widely and also helps other artists showcase their work via her curation skills. To learn more, visit her official website.