Kakyoung Lee works with moving images, print, drawing, and installation. She received a BFA and MFA from Hong-Ik University, Seoul and Purchase College, NY (MFA). Lee has been invited to many group shows worldwide such as at the Drawing Center, the Lower East Side Print Shop, the Museum of Modern Art, the Queens Museum, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Mass MoCA, Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany, and the Seoul Arts Center in Korea including recent solo shows at Mary Ryan gallery, NY and Brain Factory gallery, Seoul, 2012. As a recent participant in Art Omi International residency program, Ghent, NY, she has also held residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, Brooklyn; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; the Lower East Side Printshop, NYC; and the Jamaica Center for Arts &Learning, NY. Lee is a recipient of NYFA Fellowship, the Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, the Korea Arts Foundation of America award for Visual Arts, and the AHL foundation Visual arts, NYC. Lee's works are in the public collections at The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; McNay Art Museum, TX; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; and Library of Congress, Washington D.C. among others.


I work with moving images, prints, drawings, and video installations. 
My moving images are focused on the repetitive non-historical moments in my daily life and its surroundings, which is easily passed by, forgotten, or hidden by other layers of daily life. Starting from the video footage I have collected or performed in my surroundings, the video footages are deconstructed and reconstructed in a fresh structure, utilizing a time-consuming process of hundreds of etchings or hand drawings. Each image is scratched and accumulated on the top of each other on a single fragile plexi glass, and creates the next image while still the past image remains behind. I play with time and space, again non-historical space and layers of everyday life in an abstract reconstruction.


Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • 2003SUNY College at Purchase, MFA
  • 1999Hongik University, MFA
  • 1997Hongik University, BFA
  • 2015Traces, RYAN LEE gallery, New York, NY
  • 2012Layered Days, Rosenberg gallery, Hofstra University, Ronkonkoma, NY
  • 2012Killing Time, Sabina Lee gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012Climbing Up, Brain Factory, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2012Dance, Dance, Dance, , Mary Ryan gallery, New York, NY
  • 2016Moving Parts, IPCNY, New York, NY
  • 2016Jamaica Flux 2016, Jamaica Center For Arts and Learning, Queens, NY
  • 2014NYFA Fellowship, NYFA
  • 2010Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation
  • 2010KAFA Award, Korean Arts Foundation
  • 2009AHL Foundation Award, AHL Foundation
  • 2012Omi International Residency, Ghent, NY, United States
  • 2011ISCP Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 2010Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Queens, NY, United States
  • 2008Marie Walsh Sharpe Residency, Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 2007Keyholder Residency at LESP, New York, NY, United States
  • 2004MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, United States
  • 2004Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
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