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Space: Photography and Installation Art by Four Korean Artists

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly present Space, a new exhibition of photography and installation works by four contemporary Korean artists that embraces the real, virtual, and imagined spaces crowding modern, technology-infused societies. On view April 7 – 28 with a public opening reception on Friday, April 7, Space comprises 20 perspective-bending works by Daniel Kyong, Eunkyung Lee, In Sun Jang and Kwang Chan Song

From the ubiquitous computer screen bursting with overlapping windows and tabs, to image editing software and augmented reality games, many of the spaces we inhabit in our daily lives are a blend of real, virtual, and imagined. Each artist featured in Space experiments with these layers of reality, incorporating photography and painting, mixed media installation, transparent overlays, casting, and ultraviolet filters, to express their own unique perspective on the coexistence of past and present, real and imaginary. The otherworldly appearance of simple buildings, landscapes, and objects is not thanks to digital manipulation, but a glitch in our own reality.

WHAT: Art exhibition, artist talks, & public opening reception
WHO: Daniel Kyong, Eunkyung Lee, In Sun Jang, Kwang Chan Song
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, April 7 at 6:00 pm
On View: April 7– 28, 2017 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm)
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
HOW: Free RSVP required for the opening reception. Scroll down, or:

About the Artists

Daniel Kyong recreates actual spaces as a fantasy world with a semblance of reality by installing imaginary characters against a real backdrop. Together they tell a story of a place between dreams and reality. Her unique fluorescent colored figures made of polymer clay are ungendered, but she creates the illusion of living organisms. For example, Penguins Living in the Forest portrays creatures who have turned green and wingless to adjust to their environment after living in the forest for a long time. Although a green penguin is a fantasy, they resemble humanity as they learn how to live, evolve, and die in a new space. 

Daniel Kyong received her BFA and MFA in Sculpture from Chung-Ang University in Korea and also studied at the Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center in Los Angeles. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Korea, the United States, Japan, and Europe, including GOD ll in Solothun, Switzerland, Death in Seoul, Korea, and Giving up and Holding in Osaka, Japan. She has also participated in various artist residency program abroad including at Altes Spital Solothurn in Switzerland, Can Serrat in Barcelona, Spain, and NordArt 2012 in Büdelsdorf,Germany. She received the First Place prize for art at the 27 International Artist Competition in Berlin and the Silver Prize at the Xi An Arts Exhibition in Xi An, China. 


Penguins Living in the Forest

polymer clay, epoxy, 19x25x40cm (eachcharacter), 2012

Daniel Kyong

LandscapeRequiring a Belief (Sihanoukville 2, Cambodia)

Collaborationwith photographer Song Kwang Chan, digital pigment print, 150x210cm (installationvariable), 2015

Kwang Chan Song creates his artwork by sharing images of spaces and imagining stories with viewers. In My Eyes, the historical architecture and landscape of palaces in Seoul are reborn with today’s stories and people through the mysterious color effect of an infrared filter. In this exhibition, he also presents his recent interactive project Accidental Image, in which audience can participate by combining photos to tell their own story. Song hopes to communicate with audiences through the rearrangement of his photos, rather than presenting one set view. The outcome is not only the creative work of the artist, but also contains the viewers own experience and vision.

Kwang Chan Song originally received his BFA in Mechanical System Design Engineering from Hongik University in Korea, and has since participated in numerous solo and group art exhibitions in Korea, Hong Kong, Germany, and China, including Ma Ju Bo Da at Noam Gallery in Korea, A Sign of Rain at Mullae Arts Factory in Korea, the Asia Hotel Art Fair in Hong Kong, and the HBKsaar Joint Art Exhibition in Germany. The Seoul Museum of Art and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea have collected his work. Song is currently director of Photo Space BITTARAE and the 8street Gallery in Korea.

Kwang Chan Song

My eyes, Fluttering tree

Digital Pigment print, 100x150 cm , 2016

Kwang Chan Song

MyEyes, Outside Scene

Digital Pigment print, 100x150 cm , 2016

Eunkyung Lee creates casts of part of a building, street, or floor and then relocates the casting of such common things into a very different place. Real illuminates that the object was originally there by recombining it with a new environment and space. Her work forces viewers to ask, “Which is real and which is fake?” By contrasting reality and fabrication, she seeks to convey that the events of our real lives can be represented in fiction, but also something “fake” can simulate the real. It is important to appreciate the real things and spaces around us.

Eunkyung Lee received her BFA in Sculpture from Hongik University in Korea and studied Toy Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Korea, the United States, and the UK, including Here, There, and Everywhere: Eurasian Cities at the Asia Culture Center in Korea, the Curate NYC Top 150 in New York, and the Parallax Art Fair at Chelsea Town Hall in the UK. She received an artist grant from the Korea Craft & Design Foundation in 2012, and has since been actively working as a Korean American artist based in New York.

Eunkyung Lee

Real- streetlight #1

Archival pigment print, 16x20 inch, 2015

Eunkyung Lee

Real- room #2

Archival pigment print, 16x20 inch, 2015

In Sun Jang creates a three-dimensional space by utilizing analog 2D artworks. In [Wind+Want] in Seoul, various historical places in Seoul such as Sungnyemun Gate, Gwanghwamun Gate, and Seoul Station are simultaneously expressed in two different ways: vivid yellow lines on a clear vinyl overlay, and traditional Korean paintings with ink and paper behind. These contemporary and traditional artworks overlap to create a unique vision of space. Jang seeks to create a space in which the past and present of Seoul coexist, allowing audiences to experience a virtual reality Seoul through art. Her work represents the 21st century Seoul where digital technology culture and analogue humanity emotion coexist. Song hopes audience will become immersed in this virtual experience of Seoul’s past, present, and future. 

In Sun Jang received her BFA in Painting from Chung-Ang University in Korea and graduated from the Ecole de Beaux-arts de Versailles in France. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Korea, including the Choe Chiwon: Pungnyu Exhibition Space: Wind+Want at Seoul Arts Center, In Blue Color at Jongro Gallery in Seoul, and recently she was selected in the Seoul City Hall Competition and held her solo exhibition [Wind+Want] in Seoul in Korea.

In Sun Jang

Space [Wind+Want]

tape, mirror, acrylic on canvas, 5400x360cm, 2014

In Sun Jang

[Wind+Want] in Seoul

Ink, Korean paper and digital print, 4200x433cm, 2016