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Haejae Lee

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  • Custardpie
  • Creeping_jesus
  • Fakeempire
  • Missing
  • Eagle_landing
  • Incognito
  • Mr
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Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, MFA
SUNY Purchase College, BFA

conceptual, figurative, traditional, landscape, realism, interior, cinematic, ironic, asian-american, western art, Political

Artist Statement for "Postulated Space" series

In my paintings the distinction between real and made-up worlds is suggestive.  I am interested in creating a world that is real enough to allow its otherworldly air to take hold.  I am interested in the coexistence of familiarity and irreconcilable spaces, the immediacy of the real and the postulated space.  I am interested in my role as a narrator who sets up clues for the audience. 

In my works, the North Korean propaganda art motif - fantastical rainbow, dramatic landscape – permeates with nostalgia.  I grew up in South Korea where anti-communism sentiment wasn’t merely an ideology but an everyday existence.  As a part of basic education curriculum, students were required to make anti-communism posters.  As I advanced in elementary school, the posters I made became less earnest and more inventive.  Gradually the images shifted from a face of crying little boy shouting “No!  I don’t want red communist!” to fictional landscape.  My interest in Kim Jong-Il and his dynasty as a subject matter is rooted in this era of political climate that is a reflection of my upbringing.

As a narrative structure, Kim Jong-Il and his dynasty provide instantaneous, ready-made skewed perspective and seemingly impalpable reality.  The basis of the Kim dynasty is a friction between fictional and non-fictional worlds where so much of personal history is invented.   My intention is to let these layers of invented world within invented world give the audience a view to a dimension beyond the present.

Recent Exhibits

Haejae Lee participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2010 Making the Leap: Crossing Borders
A.I.R. Gallery
Subvidision art
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Haejae Lee has Exhibited at these venues:

A.I.R. Gallery Subvidision art

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