Jonggeon Lee received his MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Seoul National University. He has exhibited extensively both in the United States and South Korea. His recent exhibition venues include Recess, New York, NY; Doosan Gallery, New York, NY; Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA; and Kyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, South Korea. He has also received several grants and residencies from ISCP, Brooklyn, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA; Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; and Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY.
In my work, I explore both domestic and public architectural structures, such as staircases or historic monuments that have been displaced from their original contexts. Having lived both in Korea and the United States, my sense of belonging to either one of these cultures has been continuously disrupted. As a result, I have come to view historic architectural structures through the lens of cultural dislocation; I realize now, that when these architectural structures are displaced, the cultures that they represent are also dislodged from their origins.
In an effort to capture my experience of cultural displacement, I reproduce components of architectural structures as sculptural objects and installations in order to evoke both the time and space of its origins. I distort and crop the decorative elements of domestic Colonial houses, reconfigure the scale and material of historic monuments, and combine historic architectural structures with everyday objects. In the work, I transform the architectural structures to dislodge them from their initial function of structure. As a result, in each of the pieces, time becomes fixed and isolated from its conventional cycle, creating memories of space.