The Near and the Far
devening projects + editions is pleased to announce the opening of Jin Lee: The Near and the Far. In the off space we present recent work by painters Dorothee Joachim and Richard Roth. Please join us on Sunday, April 22nd from 4 -7 for the opening reception.
The Near and the Far, Jin Lee’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, features photographs made over the past six years from two different Chicago sites; a series of images of Lake Michigan taken from a single location and a set of pictures of wild plants and discarded objects from the west side. A central theme of Lee’s work—a meditation on cycles of change and passage of time through a single-minded exploration of a place—is assertively present in this new body of work. Oscillating between direct perception and memory, Jin Lee studies the ephemeral beauty of materials and conditions that are in a constant state of transformation, and therefore cannot be revealed in a single viewing moment. The photographs also exist as a record of an intimate and sustained exchange between the photographer and a place.
For the past 10 years, Jin Lee has been working on photographic projects that form a deeper relationship to a place through close examination of its landscapes, both man-made and natural. Her work also seeks to reference and expand upon various traditions of landscape art, from Asian screen paintings to documentary photographs. She has received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the Illinois Arts Council grant, and has had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago Cultural Center, and Sioux City Art Center. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Madison Art Center, and Museum of Contemporary Photography. She earned her BA from Wellesley College and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently Professor of Art at Illinois State University School of Art. The near and the far is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council.