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Hye Rim Lee

Hye Rim Lee

1965 (Seoul)

Activity New York / Auckland / Seoul
Academic ability Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Genre photographic, media
Keyword photography, video installation
Member Gallery Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
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Born in Seoul in 1965, Hye Rim Lee immigrated to New Zealand in 1993 and studied Inter-media at Auckland University’s prestigious Elam School of Fine Arts. Lee is widely known for her provocative and critically engaging multi-media work that challenges definitions of femininity and engages female sexuality by exploring image culture, animation and computer gaming. Since 2001, she has been widely exhibited in Europe, Asia, and New Zealand. Also, she worked as an artist in residence of the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2007. Lee currently lives and works in New York. She makes animation-like video works with the digitalized character TOKI. The artist uses TOKI to explore today’s obsession with female’s beauty, difference in standards of beauty in heterogeneous cultures, and the meaning of individual identity within society. Lee has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including Max Lang Gallery in New York (2009), GACMA Gallery in Malaga, Spain (2009), International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale (2009), and Glasstress of the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).

  • Dragon YONG with Unicorn Horn, white

  • Candyland mini

  • Candyland

  • Touch My Nipple, red

  • Bunny Wired, white

Artist Profiles

Education
2003 Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
1985 Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
Solo Exhibitions
2010  Crystal City, Venice Project, Venice, Italy
  AL BAZAR(Berengo Akatsu Collection), Tokyo, Japan
  Crystal City , Art Edition 2010, Kukje Gallery, Busan, Korea View Exhibition
2008  Crystal City, GACMA, Malaga, Spain View Exhibition
  Crystal City, Diehl Projects, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany
  Crystal City, Max Lang Gallery, New York, USA
2007  BOOM BOOM: super heroine super beauty, 24HR ART -The NT Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, Australia
  Obsession/ Love Forever, Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand
2006  Candyland, Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand
2005  Powder Room, The Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  Super Toy, Show, Wellington, New Zealand
2004  BOOM BOOM: super heroine super beauty, Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand
2003  The Birth of TOKI: hundreds and thousands, Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand
2002  Hello Toki ;), Moving Image Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Group Exhibitions
2011  GLASSTRESS 2011, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Berengo Centre for Contemproary Art and Glass, Venice, Italy View Exhibition
  Mr. Rabbit in Art Land, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  Crystal City: Contemporary Asian Artists, The Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand
  FUTURE PASS– From Asia to the World, Animamix Biennial, Abbazia di San Gregorio, Venice, Italy View Exhibition
  Glasstress Stockholm, MILLESGÅRDEN MUSEUM, Stockholm, Sweden
  Momentum Collection, , Momentum / Worldwide, Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice, Italy View Exhibition
2010  Desirable Fairytale, KURUS House, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Washington DC
  Indomitable Women, Off Loop, Francesca Bonnemaison Cultural Centre, Barcelona, Spain
  Nice Work, Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand
  Beyond Mediations, II Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland
  New Stories from the Edge of Asia: Plastic Life, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA
  Open This End, Air Tree, Madrid Pavilion, The World Expo 2010 Shanghai, China
  The Fantastic Garden, Changwon Asia Art Festival, Korea
  MONA Inners Space, National Museum in Warsaw, Poland
  Restricted, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2009  Shoes Or No Shoes?, SONS, Belgium
  Paradise is elsewhere, ifa-Galerie Stuttgart, ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany
  Indomitable Women, Barcelona Contemporari Art Festival (BAC 10.0), Fundacio Joan Miro, Montjuic Park and CCCB: Centre de Cultura Contemporana de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  Glass Stress, a collateral exhibition, The 53rd Venice Biennale, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy
  Garden of Desire, KT&G, Daegu, Korea
  BOOM BOOM: super heroine, super beauty, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
  Leisure, A Disguised Labor?, Sinn Leffers Department Store, Hannover, Germany
  The International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale, Incheon, Korea
  Recent Acquisition, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
  In Bed Together, Royal/T, Los Angeles, USA
  Animamix Biennial- Visual Attract and Attack, MOCA Taipei, Taiwan, MoCA Shanghai, Shanghai, MoCA Kaohsiung, Taiwan,Today Art Museum in Beijing, China
  Mind Topology, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei
2008  Videotheque, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  Ciencia Tecnologia Arquitectura, Asociacion de Galerias Andaluzas de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, Spain
  Luxury of Love, Vanina Holasek Gallery, New York, USA
  Art-Speak: Works from The University of Auckland Art Collection, The Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  We are unsuitable for framing, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
  The Joy of Sex, White Square Gallery, Las Vegas, USA
  Asian Art Now, Max Lang Gallery, New York, USA
  Summer Group Exhibition, Max Lang Gallery, New York, USA
  Mirror States, Campbelltown Arts Center, Sydney, Australia
  The Subject Now, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
  Night Shift, Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand
  Contemporary Korean Art from the National Museum, Korean Cultural Centre, London, England
2007  Videoteque, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  Shall We Smell? Space C, Coreana Meseum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  ISCP Open Studio Weekend, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, USA
  Group Show Part 2, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  Business and Pleasure volume 2, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, USA
2006  The Original Neo Aesthetics of Animamix, MoCA Shanghai, China
  Open Studio Exhibition, SSamzie Space, Seoul, Korea Fiction@Love / Forever Young Land, MoCA Shanghai, China
  Animamix, Hangzhou The 2nd China International Cartoon and Animation Festival, Hangzhou, China
  Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, New Zealand
  OFF LOOP ’06 Festival, Busan Biennale 2006, Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain
  EXPOSED: black box & crystal ball, cross-cultural contemporary media art project in public sites, London, England
  Power Ball 6, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  The sea that has two names, video art from Korea, Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain
  OFF LOOP ’06 Festival, New Zealand Scapes, Espai Liceu, Barcelona, Spain
2005  MadeKnown, UTS gallery, Sydney, Australia
  The TSB Collection Show, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
  Paradiso D’amore: New Aesthetics of Animamic Age, The Hangzhou West Lake Expo Museum, Millennium Museum, Beijing, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2004  Break/Shift, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
  Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art New Zealand, City Gallery Wellington, Mediaplex, NZ Film Archive, Wellington, New Zealand
2003  Upfront: the foyer art project, AK03, Generator Bates office and Price Waterhouse Coopers building foyer, Auckland, New Zealand
  Intersculpt, Snowwhite Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  Extra Lives, a selection of works from Arcadia exhibition at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, the Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  TOKI/Cyborg, Bunny Boom, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  Sublime Metaphor, Oxford Museum, England, Leedy Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, USA
  Cuckoo: Put Out More Flags! Moving Image Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
  Arcadia: the other life of video games, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
  ICECA – Initiative for Cultural Exchange and Computer Arts, CHIANGMAI FIRST NEW MEDIA ART FESTIVAL, CMU Art Museum, Chiang Mai,Thailand
2002  Break, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
  Small Time, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  Nightvision, Freyberg Place, High Street, Auckland, New Zealand
  Hello TOKI ;), Creative New Zealand office, Auckland, New Zealand
Project
2008  PERFORMANCE] Crystal Beauty: Electro Doll, Canpbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia
  PERFORMANCE] Crystal Beauty: Electro Doll, Max Lang Gallery, New York, USA
  PERFORMANCE] Crystal Beauty: Electro Doll, Mighty Mighty, Wellington, New Zealand
2007  PERFORMANCE] Pink Glitter Pantyhose, Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand
2005  FILM SCREENING] TOKI/Cyborg, Video After Dark, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
  FILM SCREENING] TOKINARA, Rear Window Project, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
  FILM SCREENING] TOKINARA, Viewfinder, NZ Film Archive Window Project, Auckland, New Zealand
2003  PERFORMANCE] TOKILAND, Interdigitate 2003, St James Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand
2002  FILM SCREENING] 59 men, ShortFuse31: A Night Of Short Film, The Classic, Moving Image Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
  FILM SCREENING] 59 men, Film Archive Window, Auckland, New Zealand
  FILM SCREENING] 59 men, Bunny Cubed, I See, Channel 31, Melbourne, Australia
Residency
2010  3-Legged Dog, NY, artist residency
2007  International Studio and Curatorial Program artist in residence New York
2006  Ssamzie Space Studio Programme artist in residence, Seoul, Korea
Awards
2008  Screen Innovation Production Fund, A partnership between Creative New Zealand and the NZ Film Commission, New Zealand
2006  Screen Innovation Production Fund, A partnership between Creative New Zealand and the NZ Film Commission, New Zealand
  Asia NZ Foundation Fund, New Zealand
  Bananaland, Auckland City CBD Project public video commission, New Zealand
2005  Asia NZ Foundation Fund, New Zealand
  Arts Board: Creative and Professional Development, Creative New Zealand
2004  Screen Innovation Production Fund, A partnership between Creative New Zealand and the NZ Film Commission, New Zealand
2003  Arts Board: New Work, Creative New Zealand, New Zealand
2002  Elam Art Scholarship, New Zealand
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