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Haejae Lee

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Birthplace
Korea

Lives in
Queens

Works in
Brooklyn

Website

Schools
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, MFA
SUNY Purchase College, BFA

Tags
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
 
Mar, 2008 DREAMER OF PICTURES
Subvidision art
 
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A.I.R. Gallery Subvidision art

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