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Haejae Lee

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20120916060014-ti_amo_cosi_tanto
Ti Amo Cosi Tanto (from "Amore Che Que e La" series), 2012 Oil on Panel 19" X 19" © Haejae Lee
20120916060138-leeh_1_amoremiotiamo
Amore Mio Ti Amo ( from "Amore Che Que e La" series), 2011 Oil on Panel 24" X 24" © Haejae Lee
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The Fate of Self-Defense Corps Man (from "Postulated Space" series), 2009 Oil on Canas 34" X 38" © Haejae Lee
20120916053529-theemissarywhodidnotreturn
The Emissary Who Did Not Return (from "Postulated Space" series), 2010 Oil on Linen 34" X 36" © Haejae Lee
20120916053048-intothewoods
Into The Woods (from "Postulated Space" series), 2009 Oil on Canvas 34" X 38" © Haejae Lee
20120916054910-haejae_lee_03
We Are The Happiest (from "Postulated Space" series), 2011 Oil on Panel 24" X 24" © Haejae Lee
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Can't Avert The Fate Of Wondering Souls! (from "Postulated Space" series), 2010 Oil on Canvas 40 3/4" Diameter © Haejae Lee
20120916054612-the_temptation
The Temptation (from "Postulated Space" series), 2009 Oil on Canas 48" X 48" © Haejae Lee
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Affection-Permeated Land (from "Postulated Space" series), 2009 Oil on Canvas 30" X 30" © Haejae Lee
20120916055137-juju
Juju (from "Postulated Space" series), 2008 Oil on Canvas 18" X 30" © Haejae Lee
Monsoon_small
Monsoon (from "Home Americana"), 2007 Oil Painting 19" Diameter © Haejae Lee
Custardpie
Custard Pie (from "Home Americana"), 2007 Oil Painting 19" Diameter © Haejae Lee
Creeping_jesus
Creeping Jesus (from "Home Americana"), 2006 Oil Painting 19" Diameter © Haejae Lee
Fakeempire
Fake Empire (from "Home Americana"), 2007 Oil Painting 19" Diameter © Haejae Lee
Missing
Missing (from "Home Americana"), 2007 Oil Painting 19" Diameter © Haejae Lee
Eagle_landing
Eagle Landing (from "Home Americana"), 2006 Oil Painting 19" Diameter © Haejae Lee
Incognito
Incognito (from "Home Americana"), 2005 Oil Painting 19" Diameter © Haejae Lee
Mr
Mr. Indian Man (from "Home Americana"), 2005 Oil Painting 19" Diameter © Haejae Lee
20121008024316-how_deep_is_our_love
How Deep Is Our Love?, 2004 Oil Paint 22 X 26 X 2 Inches © Haejae Lee
20120916194650-the_fate_of_self-defense
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Korea
Lives in
Queens
Works in
Brooklyn
Schools
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, MFA
SUNY Purchase College, BFA
Tags
Political, western art, asian-american, ironic, cinematic, interior, realism, landscape, traditional, figurative, conceptual
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.

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