"Joo Lee Kang," an exhibition of drawings, sculptures, and installation by Korean artist Joo Lee Kang, opened Thursday, March 1. Kang's work originates with intricate, ball point pen drawings on paper of singular animals and plants. Through a process of repetition and copying, Kang duplicates, morphs, and mutates her drawings into larger constructions that appear as massive swarms of legs, limbs, and butterfly wings. Her artist's hand mimics both the seemingly "natural" process of life and growth and the way in which we, as humans, cultivate, control and manipulate the world in which we live. At first blush, the drawings and installations are lyrical, repetitive and harmonious. As longer examination reveals slight disruptions and corruption, Kang seems to question whether we can believe what we are seeing. When the line between natural and manmade has all but disappeared, what is nature?
Joo Lee Kang received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 2011. She completed her BFA at Duksung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea in 2006. She was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant for Drawing in 2011. She has shown her work at Bentley University, Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vt., and 808 Gallery in Boston. She is represented by Gallery Naga in Boston.
"Joo Lee Kang" will be on exhibit from March 1-April 16, 2012. Joo Lee Kang will be on campus Friday, April 6, to speak in Assembly and visit classes.