Dance, Dance, Dance

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Video still from Dance, Dance, Dance, 2011 © Courtesy of the artist & Mary Ryan Gallery
Dance, Dance, Dance

515 W 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
January 14th, 2012 - February 25th, 2012
Opening: January 14th, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday — Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm
prints, video-art


Mary Ryan Gallery is pleased to announce Dance, Dance, Dance, an exhibition of video installations based on drawings and prints by Kakyoung Lee.  This will be Lee's first solo show at Mary Ryan Gallery and is her most ambitious project to date.  Lee's methods are intentionally time-consuming.  She employs repetitive, meticulous techniques, often making more than 100 prints or drawings per project, to translate her repetitious daily routine, what she calls "the monotonous daily ritual."  Through the exploration of these most basic aspects of her life Lee articulates her own identity.

Like much of Lee's recent work, Dance, Dance, Dance began as a performance of a mundane or everyday action. Lee documents this initial performance by filming herself with a video camera, and then using drypoint, she deconstructs her performance into single moments.  These individual elements are then put back together using animation and the initial action is reconstructed.  Through this process of deconstruction and reconstruction, new imagery emerges and Lee is able to subtly add to the history of her actions. Dance, Dance, Dance depicts the artist dancing alone, as one might in their bedroom when they think no one is looking.  The soundtrack was composed for this particular piece by Natacha Diels and the title was inspired by Haruki Murakami's 1994 novel, also called Dance, Dance, Dance. The video will be shown along with 323 of 340 the prints used to create it.

Brown Circle, a two-channel video of a drawing made using leftover coffee, will also be on view. Lee used the discarded coffee, which darkens over time, to create a circular drawing directly on a wall, which she then photographed to translate into a moving image. The two-channel production allows the viewer to see a detail of each individual figure on a separate smaller screen as it moves through the larger projection on the wall.  Each figure in Brown Circle is slightly different, and the work deals with the cyclical nature of life.  

Kakyoung Lee was born in Korea in 1975 and lives in Brooklyn, NY.  She received her BFA and MFA from Hong-Ik University, as well as an MFA from Purchase College, NY. Her 2010 piece Walk is currently on view in ICPNY's New Prints:  2012 exhibition and she will be included in Making Room: The Space Between 2 and 3 Dimensions, an upcoming show at Mass MOCA. Lee has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad including exhibitions at the Drawing Center, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Queens Museum, NY; and the Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Korea.  She has held residencies at the ISCP, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo, among others.  She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2011), and the Ahl Foundation (2009), and was the 2010 recipient of the KAFA Award.