Outside the Comfort Zone: Jewyo Rhii

When 1 Nov 2014 - 8 Feb 2015
Where Queens Museum
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
United States
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Outside the Comfort Zone is the first US solo museum exhibition of Korean-born artist Jewyo Rhii.

Jewyo Rhii has worked in sculptural installation, video, and drawing since the early 1990s. Her projects often incorporate ephemeral objects, evoke temporary or chronic situations, and include simple, rapid drawings that reflect on the insecurity, resentment, and vulnerability of a displaced individual’s daily struggles. Displacing herself over the past decades to study and exhibit in various locations in Western Europe and the US, the artist’s desire to deal directly with her working processes leads her to open her studio as an exhibition space, and use the exhibition space as a studio. She investigates coincidence in daily materials and their found or newly improvised uses, and makes sculptural works according to the physical parameters of given spaces.

Her exhibition for the Queens Museum is titled Outside the Comfort Zone. The exhibition title comes from a book of the same name published by Rhii in collaboration with Irene Veenstra, a Dutch art historian and writer who visited Rhii’s 2011 exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands, for nine consecutive days. During this time, Veenstra wrote a wide-ranging, impressionistic text that touches on her own life, art history, and contemporary issues, using the objects in Rhii’s exhibition as jumping-off points. At the Queens Museum, Rhii will experiment with materializing the words of Veenstra while adopting, and adapting, it into Rhii’s current life in Queens, continuing one set of ideas while integrating new ones and allowing the memories and experiences of two people to alternately trigger new creative output. This is an extension of Rhii’s interest in physical storytelling and collective documentation between people in a unique relationship.

Jewyo Rhii (b. 1971, Seoul) studied in Seoul, London and Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include Wall To Talk To at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Museum fur Modern Kunst, Frankfurt; the Artsonje Center, Seoul (2011-2013, traveling); Night Studio, Itaewon, Seoul (2010); Lodged, Ursula Walbrol Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany (2010), and Muscle Aches: Arrivals, Doosan Gallery, New York, USA (2009). Recent group exhibitions include Media City Seoul, Korea (2010), Everyday Miracle (Extended), REDCAT, Los Angeles (2009), On The Road & Insertation, the 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea (2008). In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Yanghyun Prize. She has lived in New York since November 2013, focusing on the Queens Museum exhibition.

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