Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director, News Services
WHITE LANDSCAPE: DRAWINGS BY JIN LEE
--Korean-Born New York Artist Conveys Nature’s Evolutionary Energies,
via Organic Images;
On Exhibition at the Queens College Art Center Feb.7- March 28 --
|Exhibition Dates: ||Thursday, February 7 – Friday, March 28, 2008 |
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|Where: ||The Queens College Art Center |
(part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts
6th floor, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY
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|Gallery Talk and Reception: ||Thursday, February 7, 2008, 5 - 6 pm |
Reception, 6 - 8 pm
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|Gallery Hours: ||Mondays - Thursdays, 9 am - 8 pm |
Fridays, 9 am - 5 pm
(Closed February 12 and 18;
open March 24 from 9 am - 5 pm)
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|Gallery Contacts: ||For more info: (718) 997-3770 |
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|Fee: ||Free and open to the public |
FLUSHING, NY, January 24, 2008 – White Landscape, a series of semi-abstract images in which Korean-born, New York-based artist Jin Lee conveys nature’s evolutionary energies, will be on display at the Queens College Art Center from Thursday, February 7 through Friday, March 28. On Thursday, February 7, the public is invited to a free gallery talk by the artist from 5 to 6 pm. A reception will follow until 8 pm. For more information, please visit http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Library/art/calendar.html.
The exhibition is part of Queens College’s participation in Focus the Nation, a national educational initiative aimed at raising awareness about climate change and global warming, and Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, a collaborative project of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.
|Jin Lee |
White Landscape 2
In White Landscape, Jin Lee plays with the idea that life forms develop in unexpected ways. Her intricate, semi-abstract paintings and drawings—often composed from thousands of tiny, dot-like marks—appear to be growing and changing as one observes them. Simultaneously microscopic and cosmically huge, these imaginary biomorphic structures suggest undiscovered plants and animals.
“I abstract images from life forms,” says Lee. “I draw and magnify them in order to maximize the fullness of life. My work is an act of see(d)ing. Every piece starts with one dot, which sprouts and becomes various kinds of line and form, and gives birth to another dot, which is full of energy—becoming, growing, moving, mutating and multiplying.”
Repetitive as it is, this work holds tremendous meaning for the artist. “Drawing is my way of recording the passage of time,” Lee comments. “The process and the accumulation of the time and labor are important to me. In every stage, I try to play with freedom and tension, order and chaos, contraction and explosion, in turns or at the same time. The contradictory qualities make exciting rhythms in my work, as they do in life.” Born and raised in Korea, Lee lived in Philadelphia before settling in the New York area. She earned a BFA at Seoul National University and an MFA at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Like her education, her career has spanned Asia and North America. Lee has had one-person exhibitions in Seoul and at Steuben West Gallery and A Taste of Art Gallery in New York, and has been included in numerous group shows in Korea and the United States. She won the Jurors’ Award from Fox Gallery in Philadelphia in 2004, was Artist-in-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2005, and held a residency at the New York-based arts group Chashama in 2006; next year, she will have an exhibition at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Lee’s work has been discussed in NY Arts magazine, The New York Times, The Montclair Times, Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer, and the Korean publications Misul Segae, Hangukilbo, Joongang Daily News, and Hangyore Sinmoon. She is represented in public, corporate, and private collections.
Photographs as well as biographical and sales information are available upon request.
Visitors to the Jin Lee exhibition may also want to see Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum on campus (February 4–June 28, 2008). For information, please visit www.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach.
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The Queens College Art Center, founded in 1987, succeeds the Queens College Art Library gallery established in 1960. In more than 200 exhibitions to date, the Art Center has shown masters like Alice Neel, Joseph Cornell, and Elizabeth Catlett, and introduced scores of artists from around the globe. Focusing on modern and contemporary programming expressive of the best art of our time, this display space presents the works of emerging and established artists in diverse media. Art Center exhibitions support the educational and cultural objectives of Queens College. The shared goal of the Queens College Art Center and of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is to provide the means for participating in and upholding a democratic society through learning, adaptation, and critical thinking.