Artist Spotlight: Kang Seung Lee

Where are you from?

I was born in South Korea and have lived in Australia, India, Turkey, and Mexico before moving to Los Angeles, California where I currently live and work.

How would you describe your subject matter?

I am interested in creating visual marks, traces, and indices of marginalized individual experiences. I also create personal histories that intervene ordered systems and challenge singular mainstream knowledge.

What inspired you to become an artist?

Hard to answer. Instead, I prefer to tell you about people who inspire me. I’ve always been inspired by Young Jean Lee, Rei Kawakubo, Leigh Bowery, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jimmie Durham, Leslie Dick, Unsuk Chin, Young Chung and many more.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Tough question – it only rains a few days each year in Los Angeles, and I get super moody when it rains.

Meet Kang at Open Studios, June 13 from 6:00-8:00pm.

Kang Seung Lee is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in South Korea and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Kang has had solo exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles, CA), Pitzer College Art Galleries (Claremont, CA), Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (Los Angeles, CA), Centro Cultural Border (Mexico City), and group exhibitions at LAXART (Los Angeles, CA), Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG (NC), SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), Raymond Gallery at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA), among many others. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Artnet Magazine, LA Weekly, Hyperallergic, KCET Artbound. He received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

(photo credit: Lucas Michael)