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INTRODUCTION

The Drawing Room은 뉴욕과 뉴저지를 기반으로 활동하는 한인 예술가들의 모임입니다. 세상을 바꾸는 긍정적인 힘은 공통의 염원과 꿈, 서로간의 신뢰, 그리고 상식을 바탕으로 생긴다는것을 모토로 2009년부터 그룹활동을 이어오고 있습니다.

창의적인 활동에는 긍정적에너지가 요구되며, 지속적인 예술 활동을 위해서는 이해와 공감이 무엇보다 필요하기에 The Drawing Room의 멤버들은 신뢰를 바탕으로 서로 격려하고 영향을 주고받으며 성장하고 있습니다.

멤버들은 각기 다른 분야에서 활동하고있지만 창작에 대한 열정과 따뜻한 마음을 나누며 전시와 모임을 통해 재미있게 연대합니다. 예술과 문화의 가치와 더불어 균형잡힌 일상생활과 삶의 방향성을 찾아나가는 과정 또한 모임을 통해 모색됩니다.

The Drawing Room의 전시를 통해 예술을 매개로 하는 긍정적인 기운과 선순환이 관객들에게도 전해져 우리 모두의 삶이 더 풍성해 질 수 있기를 바랍니다.

The Drawing Room is a group of Korean-American artists based in the New York, tri-state area. Since 2009, we communicated through forms of contemporary art and growing together with art in solidarity.

Our collective motto is, ‘Positive change is built on common dreams, common concerns, common aspirations, common trust, and common sense.’ (Inspired by Michael Hoy, author.) We are dedicated to manifesting creative energy through art forms.

Each member of the Drawing Room is in a different field, but we all enthusiastically pursue creativity, healthy states of mind, and positive energy.

Our open-minded conversations stimulate the joy of creation. The Drawing Room members share honest critique and positive feedback based on trust, and we move forward while encouraging and inspiring each other.

In addition to seeking value in culture and art, we also discuss the quest for balance and direction in everyday life.

We hope audiences experience positive energy and feel regenerated through the forms of art displayed in our exhibition. And it would be wonderful if our works can also help to fulfill audiences' life.

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CURRENT & PAST EXHIBITIONS

Positive change is built on common dreams, common concerns, common aspiration, common trust, and common sense.

ARTIST
EDUCATION

Sung Shin Woman’s University
MFA in Fine Art 2006

Sung Shin Woman’s University
BFA in Fine Art 2004

SOLO EXHIBITION

Mankind, Matter and Mark, Studio Berry Gallery | Fort Lee, NJ, 2015

The Road: infinite, Palisades Park Public Library Gallery | Palisades Park, NJ, 2015

Come Full Circle, Oms Gallery | Teaneck, NJ, 2014

EXHIBITION

The Artist | SIA NY Gallery | New York, NY 2015

8th Invitational Group Exhibition | Jersey City Hall | Jersey City, NJ 2015

NAKS Gala Show | World of Wings, NJ, 2015

Affordable Art Fair | Chelsea, NY, 2014

Community Art Project | Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY 2014

Asian Contemporary Art Show | Conrad Hong King, Queensway, Hong Kong, 2014

Passion 15 | Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ, 2014

AFFILIATIONS

Sung Shin Sculpture Association

Corporation National Sculpture Association in Korea

Korean American Contemporary Arts, Ltd.

Group Motto

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT

Jin Cho have studied at Sung Shin Woman’s university in Korea and worked as an assistant curator at Yegam Art space gallery in New York. She has had 3 solo and over 30 group exhibitions. Her artwork was revealed the art of sculpture and painting which is a combination of a unique genre today.

 

The work consist of circles and lines. The image in my work symbolizes the paths that many people take in life. Each circle represent an individual's life, however, the circles don't intersect. They live in solitude, isolated from the others. Each circle was carefully formed by carving either sculptural objects or patterns on canvas.

Let’s imagine that a gigantic stone sitting right in front of you and it’s blocking your way - What would you do? Run away? Avoid? Nothing? My choice is finding my own way to reach the end of the path. In life, we are prone to experience many ups and downs, though we must overcome and adapt. We all develop our own ways to improvise the situation whether it is through an opportunity or circumstance. After being independent, I was incapable of doing anything at the moment, even worse I felt helpless. The only thing that I was able to do was let my mind run free on a blank canvas which leads me to create this work of art through the inspiration from a stone.

This work consists of circles and line that are infinite. There are no intersections which symbolize how each individual leads their own life but are connected to each other through struggles. Whether it may appear to be parallel to others the circles and lines stay isolated yet solitude. The circular patterns are derived from the annual rings from the trees which stimulated the idea of an individual’s life.

One of the most remarkable prehistoric human achievements was our ability to work with stone on a seemingly gigantic and effortless scale. This has encourage me translate my vision into a stone. I wanted to bring this stone to life in representation of one’s lethargic life. As written by Shakespeare “Breathe life into stone”, stone is a natural object that is a part of nature in which through time it consistently changes but by breathing life into it, it gives motivation and enthusiasm to live life differently.



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ARTIST
EDUCATION

Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea
BFA in Fashion Design, 2001

EXPERIENCES

LG Chemical Commercial Film Stage Costume Design, 2000

Miss Hong’s Laughing Stone company Stage Costume Design, 2000

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Yohangza Theatre Company Stage Costume Design, 2000

Finalist, Seoul Venture Design Contest, 2002

AFFILIATIONS

Korean American Contemporary Arts, Ltd.

The Drawing Room

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT

Dong Kyu Kim is an artist and fashion designer whose mixed media works are constructed of paper receipts, tickets, and other materials collected over the past 10 years and sewn together by hand. His work is inspired by Jogakbo, the traditional Korean craft of patching together scraps of fabric.


As he experienced the radical reshaping of the South Korean economy, along with increasing globalization, he became obsessed with the capitalistic ideals of money, fame and success. His work asks questions about the impact of American capitalism and neoliberalism on one’s values, and what motivates a person to want more and more. It is an examination of the roots of our desires, and how we determine value.

Kim has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and in Korea. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at The Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD; Kreft Center Gallery, Concordia University Ann Arbor, MI; University of Maine at Farmington, ME; Wakeley Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University Ames School of Art, Bloomington, IL; and the Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ.

Born and raised in South Korea, Kim received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design from Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea. He has worked for nearly 20 years as a fashion designer in Korea, China, Mexico, and the United States. Dong Kyu Kim currently lives in Fort Lee, NJ.



ARTIST
EDUCATION

Purchase College SUNY The Art Students League of New York
BFA in Fine Arts, 2010 2012-current

EXHIBITION

The 2nd Annual Homeless Benefit Event | New York, NY, Apr. 2013

KwangHwaMoon Intnationl Art Fair | Seoul, S. Korea, Apr. 2013

PAC Group Exhibition | KCC Bennett Gallery, NJ, Apr. 2013

Trio Exhibition | Highwire Gallery, PA, Mar. 2013

Artist of the Month Show | Edward Hopper House, NY, Feb. 2013

Honor Reward Group Exhibition | Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NY, Feb. 2013

Member Exhibition | Edward Hopper House, NY, Jan. 2013

Solo Exhibition | Riverside Gallery, NJ, Dec. 2012

Selected Work Exhibition | Manhattan Borough President’s Office, NY, Dec. 2012

Group exhibition | Philip Jaisohn Gallery, PA, Dec. 2012

Journey III | St. Asaph Gallery, PA, Nov. 2012

EXHIBITION - CONTINUED

Journey II | Da Vinci Art Alliance, PA, May. 2012

Bolt Art Fair | Tenri Cultural Institute, NY, Feb. 2012

Bolt Art Fair | Fullerton, CA, Jan. 2012

Annual Member Exhibition | Edward Hopper House Art Center, NY, Jan. 2012

Small But Significant | Philip Jaisohn Gallery, PA, Dec. 2011

Asian:American–Homogenous | The Asian Art Initiative, PA, Aug. 2011

Grand Opening Exhibition | Art & Light Gallery, CA, Jul. 2011

Side by Side Exhibition | Highwire Gallery, PA, Jun. 2011

GwangHwaMoon International Art Fair | Seoul, S. Korea, May. 2011

Dialog Without Walls | Philip Jaisohn Gallery, PA, Dec. 2010

AFFLIATIONS

New York Society of Women Artists

Piermont Flywheel Gallery

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT

Having earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from State University of New York, Purchase, the same year she turned fifty, Sueim Koo’s foray into the world of professionals kicked off late in life. She has nevertheless been prolific in creating and sharing her artwork. This exhibition will be another one of her emotional expression of her own world.

Koo embarked on a journey to recreate landscapes using the emotions she had felt as a teenage girl. These emotions came from her old diary she wrote as a seventeen year-old girl. Though Koo’s work depicts landscapes, these landscapes lie beyond the geographic imagery itself. Instead, each canvas holds in it a story, fraught with the emotional depths of a teenager watching her hometown, Jong-Ro in Seoul, South Korea, being torn down, and with it the importance of her youth.

Through a state-of-mind between that which is half remembered and half imagined, Koo creates vivid landscapes, which capture the form of places she left behind, and colored with the emotions she once felt. The process of choosing colors and defining the shapes and patterns of rice papers is not about creating something aesthetically pleasing. Rather, these are the means by which Koo reconstructs broken memories and seeks to rediscover her feelings. Furthermore, Koo orchestrate the colors and forms as soft and romantic musical pitches so that her diary landscapes become an elegiac portrayal of her state of mind.

For each work, Koo is willing to transfer a sentence from diary to the title. The title of the work full of purple of rice paper with some touch of pink paper is “The beginning of the fall of 1993 was a pinkish, heartbroken time. And it turned ashen at the end. Was it one-sided love?” And “The cyan-green longing spread out to that summer.” is the title of the work with dark green with spreading of variety color papers.

From hope, to despair, to excitement, to longing, the body of work is filled with a sense of inspiration and rediscovery of past, present, and future. And Koo’s diary is still being continued...

ARTIST
EDUCATION

Pratt Institute, Manhattan, NY
MS in Museums and Digital Culture, 2019

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
BFA in Communications Design, 2001

Pusan National University, Pusan, South Korea
Korean Traditional Folk Art Painting, 2011

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Modern Virtue in Pigment & Ink | Closter Public Library, Closter, NJ, 2019

Echoing Roar | Art Mora Gallery, Chelsea, NY, 2016

Back to Circle | Piermont Public Library, Piermont, NY, 2016

Books vs. Pocketbooks | Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ, 2016

Roar | Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY, 2016

Artist of the month exhibition | Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Nyack, NY, 2016

Wish | Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY, 2015

AWARDS

Special Prize, Contemporary Women Fine Art Association, South Korea, 2012

Prize of Selection, The Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association, South Korea, 2012

Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graphic Design, Pratt Institute, 2001

Circle Award for Academic Achievement, Pratt Institute, 2001

AFFLIATIONS
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT

Lee studied in Busan art high school in South Korea and earned MS and BFA at Pratt Institute. She has been selected as a participating artist in many art fairs including Spectrum Miami Art Show, Fountain Art Fair and Affordable Art Fair. As an artist & a curator, she held many exhibitions in the U.S and in overseas, and has been awarded numerous occasions for her exceptional art work.

She is also teaching Korean Folk Art in New York Queens area.

 

Minhwa is a decorative everyday art containing love, dream, belief in fortune, wish for longevity and happiness that transcends all religious beliefs. Its informality and symbolic expressions convey various feelings of happiness, love and delight in everyday life. Bright colors are used to reflect purity, and to ward off evil while symmetrical composition shows harmony that enrich people’s lives.

Because of many common elements between Lee’s own design backgrounds and her view of the world, Lee is enchanted and inspired by Minhwa and continues to do experimental work in various perspectives.

 

Dejected to see the Korean traditional folk art (Minhwa) becoming disconnected and distant from the modern day society, I had a discerning desire to preserve it by reenacting it.  Employing the unique symbolic, decorative, and symmetrical attributes of the Minhwa while applying the traditional methods, I have attempted to show the contrast of “the old” and “the new” by juxtaposing them.  While the objects of desire may have metamorphosed with passage of time, the undying desires of human beings - wealth, health, beauty, knowledge, and accumulation of fame- never withered, and are everlasting.  

My ancestors’ artworks reveal a longing for a beautiful and ideal world.  Yet, so called ‘perfect lives’ are too distant from the reality hence becomes the object of our desire.  Using similar outlay and composition of the traditional folk art of the past times, I suggested that the ideal life that we all yearn for is not unattainable and can easily be found in one’s own mundane daily life.  Once we, the people of the modern society, start to discover and attain our wishes in small things within our surroundings, perhaps we may be less occupied and more contended and appreciative of our current state.

I juxtaposed the materialistic wealth that modern day people yearn for alongside the aspirations of ancient Korean ancestors for wealth and prestigious status in society.  The façade of modern day people’s longings and desires may differ from those of the ancient Korean ancestors, yet the longing for wealth and attainment for prestigious positions in society seems to remain the same. 

However, extravagant objects in my paintings are not employed to reveal the negative aspects of materialism.  Rather, it is an interpretation of how these materialistic yearning of human kind can be a positive element in modern society if they are employed to urge people to do their earnest best to obtain the “it.”

Just as the people of the olden days wished well for others while exchanging these paintings, I wish the public wealth, and success through my artwork.

ARTIST
EDUCATION

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
MFA in Fiber Art, 2009

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Post-baccalaureate
Fine Art, 2007

Hongik University, Seoul, Korea, MFA
Painting, 2006

Hongik University, Seoul, Korea, BFA
Painting & 2D Design, 2004

ARTIST RESIDENCES

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, 2016

I-Park Foundation Artist-in-Residence, East Haddam, Connecticut, 2014

NES Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland, 2012

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space, Governors Island, New York, 2011

Sculpture Space, Utica, New York, 2011

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Manie, 2009

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado, 2009

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Ephemerality, Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon, New York, 2016

Mind out of Time, Here Arts Center, New York, New York, 2013

Sensory Thought, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Art, Wilmington, Delaware, 2011

Cleansing the Memories, KEPCO Plaza gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2011 Watching the Mind, 4Art gallery, Kyunggi-do, Korea, 2009

Watching the Mind, Museum of New Art, Pontiac, MI, 2009

Ephemeral, ABBA Fine Art, Miami, FL, 2009

Line of Thought, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD, 2008

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT

Jayoung Yoon is an artist based in Beacon, New York. She earned her BFA from Hongik University in South Korea, and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and Korea including at Here Art Center, Museum of New Art, Jersey City Museum, Ohio Craft Museum, and Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Korea.

She has attended residencies at Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture, Lower Manhattan cultural council’s Swing space, Anderson ranch Arts center, and Sculpture Space among others. Most recently, she was awarded the Vermont Studio center Fellowship, and The Artist in the Marketplace program at Bronx Museum.

 

My work draws upon the mind-matter phenomenon, exploring our thought systems, perception and body sensations. Human hair is intimately corporeal, tactile and focuses the viewer’s attention on the body. Also, since hair doesn’t decay long after death, it is an especially appropriate symbol of remembrance. Each strand of hair is hand knotted or woven into forms, which become transparent like invisible thoughts, and memories. The sculptures are often used in my video and performance works.

I use the hair sheared from my head, then transform the hair into wearable sculptures. It comes back to my body with new symbolism, which represents invisible thoughts. In the videos, I connect the ‘invisible thoughts’ to my head, often lifting slowly into the air and disappearing, as a cleansing gesture. The videos become ritualistic meditation ceremonies. My head is shaved, as monks do, representing a detachment from materialist identity. I meditate with my back to the camera, embodying a detachment from gender, culture, and thought. The immersive quality of videos in conjunction with my androgynous appearance invites viewers to inhabit my body, and experience the process of clearing the mind.

Also I make stand-alone non-wearable sculptures, which I sometimes use in video and performance, or collectively they become an immersive installation. Weaving and knotting the hair by hand instead of using machinery creates unique, organic shapes both in the details and in the larger form. The weightless hair sculptures move from the airflow created by a viewer’s movements and from the environment. Those small movements in space, on an intricate scale, shift the viewer’s awareness toward subtle perceptions that are often taken for granted.

In my 2d work, I also use each strand of hair to create compositions of grids, and geometric shapes with repeated hair-lines. The diffused hair strands within layers of acrylic medium and beeswax, represent thoughts dissolving, or surfacing between states of the conscious and unconscious mind.

ARTIST
EDUCATION

Long Island University C.W. Post Campus
MFA, 2012

Long Island University C.W. Post Campus
BFA, 2009

EXHIBITION

2017 Invisible Origins, Medical Science gallery, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York

2016 Social Organism, Gallery charraple, New York, NY

2015 Fill in the Blank, bcs gallery, Long Island city, NY

AWARDS

Juried Exhibition 2015 Korean Cultural Center, Washington DC

Juried Exhibition 2013 Governors Island Art Fair

Bank Asiana 22 Artist Exhibition, Award of Appreciation

Long Island University Dean’s Award,2012

C.W. Post 2011 Fall Graduate assistant Scholarship

O’Malley Scholarship from Long Island University Art Department

Art Department Award for Excellence in Mixed Media

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT

Dong Hee Lee is a New York –based installation artist. She represents generative power and mysteries of our physical and spiritual realities. She uses hot glue as her primary material, which allows her to create the abstract organic forms of webs, clusters and pouches.

She was born in Korea and currently lives in New York. She received her BFA in 2009 and MFA in 2012, both from Long Island University C.W. Post, NY. Lee has had ten solo shows and participated in many selected group exhibitions in USA, Korea and Italy. She has received numerous reviews in the Washington Post, Times Ledger, Newsis, Korea Daily News, Hyper allergic, etc.

 

Life comes into existence through competition for survival. My work uses abstract patterns and forms to evoke the drama and beauty of our invisible origins. The human egg is the only perfectly spherical cell in the human body – a glowing, radiating organism. This image is symbolized in my work as a web of interconnected circles; each circle carefully formed molten glue and “drawn” using a glue gun.

 

The synthetic glue material is shiny and pliant, like a membrane. I create hundreds of these small, extruded circles in a process of accumulation that suggests gestation and the multiplication of cells. The combination of small repeating units becomes large complex forms, either sculptural objects or patterns on canvas.

I choose symbols of the creation of life because this represents generative power and the mysteries of our physical and spiritual realities. My art is about transformation and the infinity within us.

Curating & Graphic Design by Stephanie S. Lee | ©2013 The Drawing Room. All rights reserved.