Kang Seung Lee

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Artist Statement

By researching, excavating, rearranging and appropriating images from various lineages of history, my work often creates a personal history that represents my own embodiment of different cultures and places as well as individual experiences that are often marginalized by the singular mainstream knowledge and history.

My current project, Untitled(Artspeak?), came from a desire to create a critical/queer history of art. The book Art Speak (a post world war art guide by Robert Atkins, 1st edition published in 1990) first attracted my attention not only because it has been widely used in art education but also because it contains popular/general knowledge about art and world history. While the book tries to establish connections between art history and general world history, it reveals the biased – first world, white male and monumental figure oriented timeline of history making. In order to challenge this narrow, and often colonial perspective, I invited a number of collaborators with very diverse backgrounds (female, queer, immigrants, etc.) and asked them to “edit” one page of the timeline section of the book. The connection each one has with their page is their year of birth, which puts them in the role of historian as they include/exclude certain events, art works, music, books, images, personal histories from each of the years. The results are poster-sized drawings (made by me, edited by them) and a publication of the project that become portraits of the collaborators and that speak about margins, interpretation, rewriting, labor, etc.


Born South Korea, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Solo and Two-person Exhibitions (selected)


Artpace, San Antonio, TX (forthcoming)


Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming) Covers, LACA (Los Angeles Contemporary Archive), Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming).


Kang Seung Lee: Untitled (Artspeak?), Pitzer College Art Galleries (curated by Ciara Ennis), Pitzer College, Claremont, CA (catalog).

Untitled (Artspeak?), D300 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (catalog).


Untitled Solo Show, D300 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

The Hill, C113 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA


My nights are more beautiful than your days (curated by Dulce Chacon and Eugenio Echeverria Manau), Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City.


Untitled, two-­‐person show with Daniel Lavoie, Galeria la Casita, Mexico City

My beautiful things are falling down from the sky, el Marrakech Salon, Mexico City.

Group Exhibitions (selected)


RaceCraft, Center for Art and Thought (curated by Sarita See and Marie Lo), Los Angeles, CA

Normal Family (organized by Minkyung Choi), Last Projects, Los Angeles, CA

GLAMFA 2015, California State University, Long Beach, CA

CalArts 2015 MFA show (curated by Sarah Lehrer-­‐Graiwer), Cooper Design Space, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)


Pardon My Condition (curated by Andrea Huber), Raymond Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Endur A Round (curated by David Frantz), California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA      

Mid-Res Show, D300 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Hidden, Center for Art and Thought (curated by Jan Bernabe), Los Angeles, CA

GLAMFA 2014, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Body Body Bodies, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA


Annual QAC show, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA


Art on Paper: 42nd Exhibitions (curated by Xandra Eden), the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC (catalog).

Narrativas con dibujo, Galeria de la Esmeralda, the National School of the Arts, Mexico City

Narrativas con dibujo (curated by Young Sun Kim), Museo Casa de Leon Trotsky, Mexico City 2011

Pura Vida Mx (curated by Mabel Larrechart), Aida Rodriguez, Mexico City

Proyecto Venganza (curated by Mabel Larrechart), Clinica Regina de Cultura, Mexico City

Grants and Residencies


Artist-in-residence, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

Nominee, the Dedalus Foundation Fellowship

Dean’s Grant, CalArts, CA

2013 – 2015

CalArts Scholarship


Convocatoria, Centro Cultural Border

Books and Catalogs


Untitled (Artspeak?) by Kang Seung Lee, Pitzer College (with essays by Leslie Dick, Jen Hutton and Ciara Ennis)

COVERS 1st edition

Untitled (Artspeak?) 1st edition



MFA, CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), CA, USA

Bibliography and Publications (selected)


Normal Family, ArtRx LA, Stromberg, Matt, Hyperallergic, August 11.

History Dances: Kang Seung Lee’s Untitled(Artspeak?), Dick, Leslie, Untitled (Artspeak?), Pitzer College.

The Counter Archival Tendencies of Kang Seung Lee, Ennis, Ciara, Untitled (Artspeak?), Pitzer College.

Untitled, Hutton, Jen, Untitled (Artspeak?) by Kang Seung Lee, March.


The Bay Area Body, Advocate.com, June 15.


My nights are more beautiful thank your days, Corona Boreal Magazine, Mexico, Aug.

Tree of life, Joyner, Amy, GoTriad, News & Record, USA, Jul.

Ramdon Act of Art by Kang, Alton, Rae, Avant Greensboro, USA, July.


Proyecto Venganza, PubliMetro, June 10, Mexico.

Lo Mejor del Corredor Roma-­‐Condesa, The Happening, Mexico, Jun.

Corredor del Arte, Contra Esquina Magazine, Mexico, Jun.

Corredor Cultural Roma-­‐Condesa, p13, FRENTE magazine, May.

Artist Profile, Sick of the Radio, USA, April.

Film works by Kang S. Lee, Curated Magazine, USA, April.

New Drawings by Kang S. Lee, Inkult Magazine (special edition), Mexico, April.

Ceramic Sneakers, Zink Magazine, USA, Mar.

Ceramic Sneakers, Vogue Brazil, Brazil, Feb.

Drawing and Poem, Hotbook pp 98-­‐99, Hotbook No. 2, Mexico, Jan.

Drawings, Inkult Magazine, PP2, 18-­‐23), No 008, Mexico, Jan, 2011


Ceramic Sneakers, Curated Magazine, USA, Nov.

Ceramic Sneakers by Kang S. Lee, Design Milk, USA, Nov.

How sneakers become fine art forever, World Famous Design Junkies, USA, Nov, 2010 Ceramic sneakers by Kang S. Lee, Freshness Magazine, USA, Nov.