Art Space Pool: A History with Kim Yong-Ik, Sunghee Lee, and Sohl Lee

Friday, May 5, 6:30pm
Chelsea Arts Tower
545 West 25th Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001

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Co-founded in 1999 by twenty local artist-curators, art critics, and interdisciplinary writers and thinkers, Art Space Pool in Seoul, South Korea is a non-profit art organization with the mission of initiating contemporary art productions and fostering cultural discourses and ideas. Please join us for a presentation by co-founder Kim Yong-Ik and current director Sunghee Lee, focusing on Pool’s history from the early years to the present, as well as their own artistic and curatorial evolution. The presentation will be followed by a discussion moderated by scholar Sohl Lee, which will examine the original mission that remains embedded in the name “Pool”: a meeting of people sharing a critical mindset.

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Kim Yong-Ik
(b. 1947) first unveiled his Plane Object series in 1974 while under the tutelage of Park Seo-Bo at Hongik University’s Department of Painting. During the 80s and 90s, while the domestic art scene was strictly separated into Minjung art and Modernism, Kim sought to retain a middle ground by actively engaging in environmental and public art projects all the while producing important writing that developed his artistic philosophy. From 1999 to 2012, Kim was a professor in the Painting Department of Gachon University (former Kyungwon University)’s College of Art and Design. He also served as a founding member of Art Space Pool, an alternative space established in 1999, and then as its director from 2004 to 2006. Kim was the subject of a comprehensive retrospective that examined his 40 year-long practice at Ilmin Museum of Art in 2016.

Sunghee Lee is the Director of Art Space Pool in Seoul, Korea. She has curated and co-curated solo and group exhibitions that include BONUP: Art as Livelihood (DOOSAN Gallery Seoul, 2014), Low Burn: Low Voice connecting Hong Kong and Seoul (Art Space Pool, Seoul, 2014), and Floating, Concrete (DOOSAN Gallery New York, 2016). She was previously the Researcher for Korea for the Hong Kong-based Asia Art Archive (AAA) and an editor at Art in Culture magazine. Lee’s multifaceted practice encompasses documenting the Korean art scene, editing, translation, and curating.

Sohl Lee, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in contemporary East Asian art and visual culture at Stony Brook University, New York. Her interdisciplinary research interests include aesthetics of politics, activist art, vernacular modernism, postcolonial theory, historiography, and curatorial practice, and she is currently completing a manuscript tentatively titled The Democratic Avant-Garde: Art and Revolutionary Subjectivity in South Korea.

Image courtesy of Sunghee Lee and Art Space Pool.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

ARTISTS, CRITICS, CURATORS, AND OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Alexandra Chang, Alexandra Munroe, Alf Chang, Amy WOOD, Annysa Ng, Arin Rungjang, Ashley Billingsley, Ashok Sukumaran, Bani Abadi, Bani Abidi, Barbara London, Bing Lee, Birgit DONKER, Boris Groys, Brinda Kumar, Cai Guoqiang, CAMP, Cao Fei, Casey Tang, Chang Chao Tang, Chen Chieh-jen, Chen Tong, Chen Wei-ching, Chen Xiaomei, Christoph NOE, Christopher Phillips, Chương-Đài Võ, Cici Wu, Cooperativa Cráter Invertido, Cosmin Costinas, David Smith, Desire Machine Collective, Dinh Q Le, Dooeun Choi, Ei Arakawa, Eleanor Heartney, Erin Gleeson, Eugene Wang, Fang Lu, Farah Wardani, Fei Dawei, FENG Yuan(馮原), Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez, fwf, Gao Shiming, Gianni Jetzer, Glenn Phillips, Go Hirasawa, Hammad Nasar, Heman Chong, Herb Tam, Hiroko Tasaka, Hitomi Iwasaki, Ho Tzu Nyen, Howie Chen, Huang Chien-Hung, Huang Hua-Chen, HUANG Xiaopeng, I-Hua Lee, Il Lee, Ingrid Chu, Jaeyong Park, Jane DeBevoise, Jean-Hubert Martin, Jennifer Davis, Jewyo Rhii, Joan Lebold Cohen, Joanne, John Pirozzi, Julian Ross, Jun Yang, June Yap, Kaho Albert Yu, Katherine Grube, Kim Yong-Ik, Kit Yi Wong, Koki Tanaka, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Lee Kit, Lee Mingwei, Lee Weng Choy, Lesley Ma, Li Ming, Li Ran, Li Xiaofei, Liang Jianhua, Lin Yilin, LinDa Saphan, Liu Ding, Liu Shiyuan, Lynn Gumpert, Lyno Vuth, Maline Yim, Mao Chenyu, MAP Office, Margaret Lee, Mariam Ghani, Marvin Taylor, Meiya Cheng, Mel Bochner, Michelle Wong, Michelle Yun, Midori Yoshimoto, Murtaza Vali, Museum of Unknown, Nadim Abbas, Naeem Mohaiemen, Nate Hun, Nico Baumbach, Nikhil Raunak, Ocean Leung, Onejoon Che, Pad.ma, Pak Sheung Chuen, Pan An-yi, Park Chankyong, Pi Li, Polit-Sheer-Form Office, Prem Krishnamurthy, Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Deshu, Qiu Zhijie, Rabbya Naseer, Rania Ho, Raqs Media Collective, Reiko Tomii, Richard Vine, Rina Banerjee, Roslisham Ismail a.k.a. Ise, Ruijun Shen, Saadia Toor, Sabih Mohd Ahmed, Samsom Young, Samson Young, Sareth Svay, Sean Anderson, Sen Uesaki, Shaina Anand, Sharmini Pereira, Shiraga Kazuo, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Sohl Lee, Sopheap Pich, Stephanie Comilang, Su Yu-Hsien, Sung Hwan Kim, Sunghee Lee, Tabaimo, Takahiko Iimura, Takeshi Ikeda, Tang Kwok Hin, Teresa Kwong, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Tiffany Chung, Tobias Madison, Trần Minh Đức, Uli Sigg, Wang Jianwei, Wang Jing, Wang Wei, William LIM, Work on Work, Wu Shanzhuan, Xiaoyu Weng, Xin Wang, Xu Bing, Xu Tan, YANG Jiechang, Ying Kwok, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Yung MA, Zhang Hongtu, Zhang Peili, Zheng Shengtian, Zhou Tao, Zoe Butt