Eunsook Lee: Dispersed Family
Exhibition Dates: April 18 – May 31
Reception: Saturday, April 18 • 3-5pm • Artist Talk with Eunsook Lee at 4pm
Korean artist Eunsook Lee transforms Target Gallery with her site-specific work, Dispersed Family. With this installation, Lee explores what it means to be a family in contemporary times and maintaining connections across the globe. This exhibition is the first of Target Gallery’s new annual Special Exhibition series.
About the Installation
“In a global era, family members may live in different countries and may be only able to see each other every few years,” said Lee. “Even though there are no political barriers, these families are split, but because of their love for each other, they are still happy.”
The translucent installation envelops viewers in such a way to invite deep contemplation. Lee uses black-light-sensitive threads, resulting in a dramatic fluorescent palette, through which she communicates with her inner self. The glow-in-the-dark threads represent relationships that are both continuous, yet free in their own space. She weaves them together with layers of letters and photographs of families, as well as seeds and leaves from their homes to represent the hope for possibilities and regrets of separation. The black light illuminates even the smallest details.
“During this process, a thread began to emerge,” said Lee. “The selected works, through varied mediums and interpretations, whether overt or figurative in meaning, evoke a sense of flesh, physicality, or different ideas about human presence. The final decisions were what I considered to be successful interpretations of the theme and a body of work that collectively invites curiosity.”
Dispersed Family is a departure from her usual themes of tragic family separation, politics, and personal healing and instead focuses on the connections we strive to maintain, regardless of geographic distance.
About the Artist
Eunsook Lee has actively presented her work in private and group exhibitions since 1990. She studied at Ewha Womans University and went on to receive her MFA at Hongik University in Seoul. In 1986, she began using thin fluorescent threads for her artwork with titles such as Umbilical Cord, Lost Embryo, and Life. In 1997, Lee began visiting and working in Germany. She gained widespread international acclaim with Vanished Berlin Wall, an illuminated installation featured at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in 2007. Her works have been featured in Korea, Germany, Hong Kong and the United States.
Target Gallery is the contemporary national and international exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery hosts nine exhibitions annually–some juried, some curated–featuring a variety of themes, artists and media.