The Korean Cultural Center Presents Jubee Lee Resonance

By Editorial Team on October 29, 2019
Courtesy of the Korean Cultural Center.
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Opening Reception: Friday, November 1 at 6pm
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The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Resonance, a solo exhibition of dreamlike glass installation and sculpture works by Jubee Lee, the center’s 2019 Artist of the Year. Lee explores her personal memories and perception by creating immersive art spaces that integrate interactive sound, light, and visual elements. Growing up in a seaside city, she is particularly inspired by the natural element of water and creates innovative, large-scale installations, sculptures, drawing, and paintings that reflect this influential setting primarily through layered, image-embedded glass.

In Resonance, Lee presents a selection of contemplative installations built around the visual motif of the repeating Korean traditional roof tile, kiwa, a powerful reminder of her childhood and the imaginative potential of her inner mind. Through this exhibition, audiences are invited to enter into a meditative dialogue with the artist and their own inner self as they become immersed in the gentle waves of kiwa that exist through the ethereal nature of glass.

The Artist of the Year recognition, presented to a single artist featured at the Korean Cultural Center, spotlights outstanding creators of the highest class. Selected from among those who applied to the center’s Open Call for Artists, this notable artist is honored with a special solo exhibition. The Open Call program celebrates its third anniversary in 2019 and aims to introduce unique Korean and Koreainspired artists to the art world in the United States.

Admission to the opening reception including talks by the artists on Friday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.KoreaCultureDC.org. Resonance, will remain on view during regular hours through November 29, 2019

About the Artist
Jubee Lee was born in South Korea and works as an installation glass artist in Centreville, Virginia. She graduated with a MFA from the Craft/Materials Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lee earned her BFA with honors studying glass at Southern Illinois University where she was awarded the prestigious Rickery-Zeibold Trust Award for her thesis works. Lee was awarded Best of Show at the Glass National exhibition in 2018. She is the recipient of a scholarship from the 45th Glass Art Society Conference in 2016 and was awarded full scholarships from Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in 2018. Her work has been exhibited in the InLight Richmond public exhibition hosted at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as at Richmond’s Anderson Gallery, Page Bond Gallery, and Artspace Gallery, and the Slover Library in Norfolk, Virginia. Her most recent solo exhibition was at IA&A at Hillyer in Washington, D.C. She is currently a resident artist in the glass program at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.

For more information, visit the artist’s website at www.jubeeleeglass.com.

Artist’s Statement
Resonance is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Jubee Lee. Inspired by earth’s natural elements such as water, and by extension the ocean itself, Jubee Lee produces glass installations, sculptures, drawing, and paintings that exist along the line between our perceived sense of reality and what our imagination sees instead. “I feel the resonance of the waves in groupings of kiwa, Korean traditional roof tiles,” Lee explains. “When contemplating these, I can let my imagination run free.” In her artwork, images are created through the combination of space and interactive components, such as water and light that emerge from the materiality of glass. Her contemplative glass sculptural paintings are deeply atmospheric, allowing viewers to draw out their own imagined landscape within, resulting in an emotional and meditative experience.

Video
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebchYw0FS3Y (video credit/courtesy of IA&A at Hillyer)

The Korean Cultural Center is located at 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.