Kang Seung Lee

Kang Seung LeeArtist’s Statement

I was born in South Korea and lived in the Middle East and Latin America before relocating to Los Angeles. Because of this, my work comes from the desire to challenge the narrow perspective of the biased and first-world-oriented timeline of history, and it speaks about the potential to intervene ordered systems and manifests in the form of visual marks, traces and index.

For the past few years, the primary focus of my work has been the creation of critical/cross-cultural/queer histories by researching, excavating, and appropriating images/text from public and private archives (art/artifact collections, publications, libraries, etc.).

This process allows alternative historical and personal voices, counter-narratives and strategies to emerge. It places emphasis on marginalized individual experiences and personal histories that disturb structure and order of the traditional archive and challenge singular mainstream knowledge/history.

Website: kanglee.net


Select Solo Exhibitions from 2015-2018

Garden, One and J. Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Untitled (la revolución es la solución!), Artpace, San Antonio, TX
Leave of absence & Absence without leave, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, CA

Untitled (Artspeak?), Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA

Select Group Exhibitions from 2012-2018

Commonwealth and Council, Tina Kim Gallery/47 Canal, New York, NY

Reconstitution, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA

De la Tierra a la Tierra, Centro Cultural Metropoliano, Quito, Ecuador

Art on Paper, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, NC

Select Community-based Artwork

Untitled mural, Wall Project, Baik Art, Culver City, CA
Leave of absence, Sunset Blvd Digital Billboards, City of West Hollywood + IF Foundation, West Hollywood, CA

Select Fellowships and Awards

Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant

International-Artist-in-Residence, Artpace, San Antonio, TX

Artist-in-Residence, Pitzer College, CA

Convocatoria, Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City


M.F.A., 2015
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA