Stephanie S. Lee

김소연

My humble wish is for you to seize a tiny sparkly moment out of endlessly chaotic everyday life routines
to be greatful for and for that moment of gratitude to be accompanied with my paintings.

여느 날과 다름없는 매일의 바쁜 일상속, 비록 그것이 찰나의 순간일지라도 그 안에서 반짝이고 있는
작은 감사함을 그대가 발견할 수 있다면, 그리고 그것이 나의 그림과 함께라면 더 바랄것이 없겠습니다.

Statement

In my work, I reinterpret the traditional Korean Folk Art (Minhwa) from the Joseon Dynasty by connecting it with modern perspective. I depict the never-ending aspirations and desires of human beings with outlays and compositions similar to those used in traditional Korean folk art. By portraying a luxurious, modern context in a traditional Korean setting, using Minhwa’s satirical and humorous aspects, I symbolizes the essence of life – the pursuit of happiness – which transcends time and era in my paintings. By integrating Korean tradition with New York’s modern life, tradition and modern, old and new, east and west, material and ideal all coexist harmoniously in my painting. People in modern days often seem to confuse pursuit of happiness with materialistic desire. But I believe that the substance of life is seeking one’s happiness, thus human being’s life journey is interaction between these essential desires with its environment. While the objects and its appearance may have changed over the course of time, one’s immortal passions—wealth, health, beauty, knowledge, and accumulation of fame—have never withered, and are everlasting. However, the objects in my paintings are not employed to critique the negative aspects of materialism. Rather, the painting is an interpretation of how the materialistic yearnings of humankind can be a positive element in modern society, if such energies are directed to urge people to do their earnest best to obtain their desires. I hope my paintings let viewers to see through this fundamental human philosophy beyond the materialistic substances.

작품의도

Stephanie S. Lee (김소연) 작가는 한국전통민화의 상징성, 대칭성, 장식성을 응용하여 한지, 분채, 금분, 먹 등의
전통재료를 이용해 현대와 과거를 넘나드는 작업을 한다.

작가는 한국의 전통민화를 현대의 모습과 비교, 재해석 함으로서 전통과의 연결상실을 회복해 보고자 함과 동시에
시대를 초월한 인류의 공통된 염원 그 너머의 철학적 의미를 찾고자 한다.
작품속의 현대물들은 인간의 욕망을 현상적으로 보여주고있지만, 보이지 않는 정신세계를 이해하는 통로가 되는 매개체로서의 역할을 상징하고있다.
과거와 현재, 전통과 트렌드, 한국에서의 정서를 기반으로 뉴욕에서 살아가는 작가의 삶 등 모습은 다르지만 그 속에 흐르는 근원적이고 긍정적인 삶에대한 욕망을 통해 순환, 윤회, 조화, 공존 등의 철학적 의미를 찾고자 한다.

CV

b.1977 Pusan, South Korea.
Lives and works in New York.

Education

2018 Master of Science in Museums and Digital Culture, Pratt Institute, Manhattan, NY
with Advanced Certificate in Conservation & Digital Curation
2011 Korean Traditional Folk Art Painting, Pusan National University, South Korea
2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Major: Graphic Design
with Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graphic Design and Circle Award for Academic Achievement

Solo Exhibitions

2019 "Pigment & Ink: The Art of Modern Virtue", Closter Public Library, Closter, NJ (forthcoming)
2016 "Echoing Roar", Art Mora Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2016 "Back to Circle", Piermont Public Library, Piermont, NY
2016 "Books vs. Pocketbooks", Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ
2016 "Roar", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY
2016 Artist of the month exhibition, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY
2015 "Wish", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY

Selected Art Fairs

2017 K-MINAF (제 1회 민화 아트페어), SETEC 서울무역전시장, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Affordable Art Fair, The Metropolitan Pavillon, New York, NY
2016 Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2015 Scope Art Show, New York, NY
2015 Affordable Art Fair, The Metropolitan Pavillon, New York, NY
2014 Spectrum Miami Art Show, Miami, FL
2014 Affordable Art Fair, The Tunnel, New York, NY
2014 Shenzhen Internaional Art Fair, Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, China
2014 Fountain Art Fair - 69th Regiment Armory

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Threads and Pigments, Flushing Town Hall, Flusing, NY (forthcoming)
2018 Insight in Sight, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY
2018 Korea Society of Exhibition Design Studies, KOSES 국제초대전, 국립중앙박물관, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea
2018 Art & Soul, Prince Street Gallery, SOHO, NY
2018 East Meets West, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2018 Archipelagos of the Creative Mind, Pratt Institute Library Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018 Art As Sanctuary II, Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ
2018 Parthibition, Space Ciel Gallery, Pompton Lakes, NJ
2018 Saehwa (세화전), Gallery IS, Seoul, South Korea
2018 Member’s Annual Group Exhibition, The Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2017 Queens: envisioning habitats, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2017 Evolving, The Korean Cultural Center DC, Washington, D.C.
2017 Dynamic Dimensions, Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ
2017 Group Exhibition, “City Bites III”, Alessandro Berni Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2017 Five Person Exhibition, “빛맑은 바람 전"-박물관 수 별관오픈전, Museum Soo, Daegu, South Korea
2017 Group Exhibition, “Multi-Lane II”, Demouzy Contemporary Gallery, Rockville Center, New York
2017 Five Person Exhibition, “현대민화의 길을 찾다”-월간민화 창간 3주년 기념 특별전, 나락실 갤러리, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Group Exhibition, "Dynamic Dimensions", Martin Hicks Gallery, The Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ

2016 Group Exhibition, “Saehwa - 세화전: 안녕, 당신을 위한 새해 인사”, Gallery Hanok, Seoul, South Korea
2016 Group Exhibition, "The Power and Pleasure of Posessions in Korean Painted Screens", Skylight Gallery, Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, NY
2016 Group Exhibition, “The Primacy of Color”, George Billis Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2016 Four Person Exhibition, “Syncretized”, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Group Exhbition, Yeosu International Art Festival, Yeosu Expo Convention Center, South Korea
2016 Group Exhibition, Suwon City Hwasung Project, Complex Art Space Haenggungjae Gallery, South Korea
2016 Group Exhibition, "Aspects: Works by Korean Artists in America", University Gallery, Ivan Wilson Center for Fine Arts at Western Kentucky University, KY
2016 Three Person Exhibition, 3 generations, Palisades Park Public Library, NJ

2015 Group Exhibition, "Yeon Mal Yeon Si (연말연시전)", Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2015 Call for Chelsea Group Exhibition, "(Re) envisioning art’s aura in the age of turbocapitalism", Galleria Ca’ D’oro, Chelsea, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "Solstice", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Pieromnt, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "KACAL16", Hutchins Gallery, Brookville, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "Who am I? What do you see?", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2015 Four Person Exhibition, "Common Interests", Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2015 Group Exhibition, "Heart - Center of Life", Weil Cornell Medical College Samuel J. Wood Library, New York, NY
2015 Four Person Exhibition, "Replenished", Hutchins Gallery, Brookville, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "The 8th Youth Art Award & Invitational Art Exhibition", John W. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Jersey City, NJ
2015 Group Exhibition, "Size Matters - Small but Significant Works", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, NY
2015 Six Person Exhibition, "re-illumination", SIA NY gallery, Chelsea, NY

2014 Group Exhibition, "20 Artists", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, "Passion 15", Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
2014 Group Exhibition, "Community Art Project", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2014 Three Person Exhibition, “Emerging Scape”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2014 Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
2014 Group Exhibition,"Public Collection (新院展)", Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Five Person Exhibition, “Nature within Us”, Powerhouse Arena Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, “꿈과 행복으로 소통하는 아름다운 우리 그림”, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, Gyeonggi, South Korea
2014 Group exhibition, “The 36th H.M.A. International Art Festival”, Gallery Chosun, Seoul, South Korea
2014 Group exhibition, “2014 우수작가 신춘기획 초대전”, Gallery La Mer, Seoul, South Korea
2014 Fountain Art Fair, New York, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, “Traditional Group Show”, Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY

2013 Group Exhibition, “Winter Salon Show”, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Group Exhibition, “Happy Together”, Elga Wimmer Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2013 Group Exhibition, “Community Art Project”, Yegam Art Space, Flushing, NY
2013 Group Exhibition, “대한민국 부채예술대전”, Gallery La Mer, Seoul, South Korea
2013 Group Exhibition, “The First Sextet”, Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
2013 Group Exhibition, “Arirang”, Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
2013 Group Exhibition, “행복한 우리 민화전”, Pusan Citizen Hall, Pusan, South Korea

Curatorial Projects

2019 Group Exhibition, “Threads & Pigments”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY (forthcoming)
2019 Yu Han Yu’s Solo Exhibition, “The Majesty of Tibet”, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY (forthcoming)

2018 Group Exhibition, “Eudaimonia | 에우다이모니아”, Gallery CHUN, Flushing, NY
2018 Group Exhibition, “Diaspora”, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2018 Solo Exhibition, “Rounded”, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2018 Group Exhibition, “East Meets West”, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2018 Group Exhibition, “Parthibition”, Space Ciel Gallery, Pompton Lakes, NJ

2017 Group Exhibition, "Queens: envisioning habitats", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2017 Five Person Exhibition, "Evolving", Korean Culture Center in Washington, DC
2017 Group Exhibition, "Dynamic Dimensions", The Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ
2016 Four person Exhibition, “Syncretized”, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Three person exhibition, 3 generations, Palisades Park Public Library, NJ

2015 Four person Exhibition, “Common Interests”, Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2015 Four Person Exhibition, “Replenished”, Huchins Gallery, Brookville, NY
2015 Master Jaichoon Kim's Invitational Solo Exhibition, “The Royal Blossom”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2014 Three person Exhibition, “Emerging Scapes”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, “Nature within Us”, Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Group exhibition, “The First Sextet”, Riverside Gallery, NJ

2012 Sueim Koo’s Solo Exhibition, “My Diary in Landscapes”, Riverside Gallery, NJ

Design & Installation Projects

2019 Minhwa - Korean Folk Paintings in New York, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY (forthcoming)
2019 Wonju Seo's Solo Exhibition, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY (forthcoming)

2018 Dan Rubin’s Solo Exhibition, “Tribal Baroque: Moments and Metamorphoses”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2018 Visual Artist Member’s Annual Group Exhibition, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2018 Tina Seligman’s Solo Exhibition, “Solar-Lunar Transcriptions”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2018 “The Costume Art of Imperial Peking Opera”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2017 “The Sport of Kings in Queens: Celebrating 350 Years of Thoroughbred Horse Racing”,The Queens Historical Society, Flushing, NY
2017 “Past Performances: Legends of Turfs in Queens”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2017 Group Exhibition, "Going Places", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2017 Group Exhibition, "Taking it to the streets: 1950's NYC Through the Lens of Flushing Photographer Frank Oscar Larson", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2017 Group Exhibition, "JHS 185 Edward Bleeker Student Arts Exhibition", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2016 Group Exhibition, “Lucky in Love”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY (www.ny1.com)

2015 Group Exhibition, “Who am I? What do you see?”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2015 Exhibition, “Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2015 Two Person Exhibition, “Dynamic Writing: A Century of Calligraphy”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

Awards

2015 Special Prize, The Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association, South Korea
2015 Winner, Call for Chelsea 2015, NY
2014 Artist Award for Exceptional Artwork, The 46th Public Collection (新院展), Japan
2014 Special Honor Prize, Hyung Sang Fine Art Grand Conetst, South Korea
2014 New Artist Prize, The 36th International H.M.A. Art Festival, South Korea
2013 Three Prize of Selection, The Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association, South Korea
2012 Special Prize, Contemporary Women Fine Art Association, South Korea
2012 Prize of Selection, The Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association, South Korea
2001 Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graphic Design, Pratt Institute, NY
2001 Circle Award for Academic Achievement, Pratt Institute, NY

Press

Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com)
The Clarion Circle (www.clarion.pressly.com)
North Jersey Newspaper(www.northjersey.com)
Article from AXS(www.axs.com)
Asia Week New York (www.asiaweekny.com)
The Statesman ARTS(www.sbstatesman.com)
한류스토리(http://kofice.or.kr)
KOFICE 한국문화산업교류재단(http://kofice.or.kr)
The Korean Channel '문화가 있는 날'(www.tkctv.com)
TKC TV News (8/17/2015 News 10:35)
AM 1660 Radio interview '김향일의 모닝 인터뷰' (www.am1660.com)
Article from AXS(www.axs.com)
Artist Spotlight article from Examinor.com(www.examiner.com)
Art Minhwa 월간민화 3/2016 (www.artminhwa.com)
Art Minhwa 월간민화 1/2016 (www.artminhwa.com)
The Korea Times 3/9/2016(www.koreatimes.com)
NY Culture Beat 'Wish' (www.nyculturebeat.com)
NY Culture Beat 'Emerging Scape' (www.nyculturebeat.com)
NY Culture Beat 'Common Interests' (www.nyculturebeat.com)
The Korea Times - The Drawing Room (www.koreatimes.com)
The Korea Times - Culture (www.koreatimes.com)
The Korea Times - 한국일보 '연말연시전' (www.koreatimes.com)

Affliations

New York Society of Women Artists (www.newyorksocietyofwomenartists.com)
Edward Hopper House Art Center (www.edwardhopperhouse.org)
Teaching Artist & Visual Arts Member at the Flushing Town Hall (www.flushingtownhall.org)
The Drawing Room (www.thedrawingroomnewyork.org)
Korean Folk Art Organization (www.koreanfolkart.org)
Korean American Contemporary Arts, Ltd. (한미현대예술협회) (www.kacal.org)
사단법인 한국 민화협회 뉴욕지부장 (www.folkpainting.net)