Jee Hee Kang
Class of 2014
Fire Exit 2011, oil, black gesso and charcoal on fabric, 111” x 80”
Fire Exit
2011, oil, black gesso and charcoal on fabric, 111” x 80”
Seoul, South Korea New York City

Jee Hee Kang was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1984. She received her BA in Fashion Design from Dong Duk Women?s University in Seoul, Korea and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts. She lives and works in New York City.

<p>My works express the mutability and permanence of objects I encounter in my daily life. I trace the history of an object and its resonating emotions from the object's absence by using diverse methods including frottage and casting. </p> <p>Frottage led my work to be broken free from the two dimensional canvas. I wanted to fully deconstruct the Euclidian perspective, simultaneously expressing the three-dimensional physical world as well as the two-dimensional canvas through adopting the frottage skill. The information of the three-dimensional object and the painting against the real dimensions are overlapped but exist in a distorted form through the conflict with the two-dimensional medium. The finite, variable and extinguishable nature of the physical world is thereby conveyed.</p> <p>My recent concrete casting works from found paintings are visual extensions of these ideas. I poured water mixed cement over the found paintings and removed the paintings from the concrete after it dried. The brush strokes and the paints left on the surface of the concrete enable the viewer to imagine how the original paintings looked like. These casted concretes from the paintings naturally embrace a discourse on the history of a traditional painting as well as its life and preservation. </p>
Jee Hee Kang, class of 2014

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Fine Arts Summer Residency in Contemporary Practices

This intensive studio residency, hosted by SVA’s MFA Fine Arts Department, has been designed for artists working in both medium-specific and cross-platform modes of production that aim for the intersection of art and ideas. Taught by distinguished members of the MFA Fine Arts faculty, the residency fosters a culture of rigorous practice and contemporary thought.
Each artist will have use of a private studio in a location convenient to New York City’s gallery districts, museums and alternative hubs for culture and technology. Daily studio visits from renowned faculty support an ongoing discourse on art and thought. While the focus of the residency is on content and critical discourse, work in a variety of media is supported and encouraged, including drawing, painting, photography, performance, installation, digital and interactive media, electronics, sound and all modes of experimental practice. Artists committed to a single form or medium can expect to delve deeper into the material concerns of their practice. Residents are also invited to consider the sociopolitical potentiality of art practices situated outside the paradigm of individual authorship, via forays into social practice and public forms. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to create an inclusive space for artistic research, activated by the spirit of inquiry.  

Faculty and guest lecturers have included Dara Birnbaum, Media Farzin, Mark Thomas Gibson, Miguel Luciano, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Alison Kuo, Kameelah Janan-Rasheed, Mark Tribe and Caroline Woolard.


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