John Seung-Hwan Lee
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Four years after his birth in Austin, Texas in 1987, John Seung-Hwan Lee moved to Seoul, South Korea. For the most part of his childhood, Lee lived in suburban cities near Seoul until he moved to California in 2002 where he experienced a drastically different culture and education at Midland School, Thoreauan boarding school teaching ways of self-reliance in a small outdoor community. Of all the sharp contrasts between Korean public schools and Midland School; the landscape, architecture, language, and structure of the everyday, what polarized him the most was the diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Affected by popular image of Bruce Lee in the US and to represent his Korean background, Lee took lessons in taekwondo in South Korea during the summer vacation in 2004. Inspired by discipline in martial arts and action packed kung-fu flicks to a romantic image of a master painter and hot molten glass furnace, he has explored various mediums in art schools, such as performance, video, glass-blowing, painting, and writing. In 2010, Lee was exposed to b-boying by a friend and started training in dance under an unconventional pedagogy between Youtube and trips to New York and South Korea. In 2011, he moved to New York City in pursuit of the life-style of b-boying and underground hip-hop culture. Interested in physicality, Lee often deploys his body as a source of knowledge and experience for digital film shots. By exploring themes, such as Asians in Hip-Hop culture, North Korea, linguistics of Korean and English, body politic, and the concept of drawing, Lee attempts to share his process and methodologies to address questions concerning the diverse and ambiguous identities of Asian Americans under post-capitalist context in digital age. Lee received Master in Fine Arts from The New School, NY in 2014. He is a recipient of 2014 AHL Foundation Annual Visual Arts Competition and became a member of Mastermind Rockers, BK in 2015. Lee is currently a resident artist at Chashama Workspace Program and production apprentice at New York Live Arts.

Location
Brooklyn, NY
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Email
shinyplumtree@gmail.com
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Bbal-Gang-E on 38th Street
Bbal-Gang-E on 38th Street
performance for digital film, tempera on white t-shirt, 2015
International Exercise
International Exercise
performance for digital film, tempera on white long sleeve shirt, 2014
Breakin' POPS
Breakin' POPS
performance for digital film, 2013
Body Calligraphy - Migration
Body Calligraphy - Migration
performance for digital film, spandex, 2013
Body Calligraphy - Discipline
Body Calligraphy - Discipline
performance for digital film, latex on canvas, 2013
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