Connections: Five Contemporary Korean Artists


Jan Donghee
Ahram Kim
Heejung Kim
Young Shin
Jaeok Lee

Hess Gallery
Pine Manor College
400 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Heejung Kim, Untitled, oil on canvas, 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2014

Exhibition Dates: February 5 – March 20, 2014

Workshop and Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 2 – 4pm: Snow Date: February 27

The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College is pleased to present work by five Boston-area Korean artists, selected by Curator Carole Rabe in cooperation with the Korean Culture Society of Boston. Graphic artist Jan Donghee, photographer Ahram Kim, painter Heejung Kim, fabric artist Young Shin, and sculptor Jaeok Lee will present a workshop exploring their varied techniques at the opening reception. Mastery of surface, and a mystical approach to the representation of everyday objects and situations unite the artists.

Says curator Rabe: “I see a love of nature and humanity as an underlying theme that runs throughout all the work. Although each artist uses a different medium and approach, I get a sense of quietness and peace from the group as a whole. One of my goals for the gallery is to reach out to the greater Boston community and to provide our very diverse student population with opportunities to meet professional artists of diverse backgrounds.”

Painter Heejung Kim (above) creates work that emphasizes the subtle visual existence of events we ordinarily take for granted: rain, light, and shadow as they play across a variety of forms. Says Kim: “Things such as a shadow, light, or rain are substances that don’t really have a particular form of their own. Yet when they gently come in contact with a surface, their fluidity allows them to take on new shapes that continuously change with time.”

The Eastern notion that spirits can be embodied in objects and exist independently within the cycle of nature gains form in Jaeok Lee’s sculpture. Her work derives from Korean folk sculptures, which are believed to be endowed with the intentions and prayers of others. Says Lee: “My garden is at the center of all my creative work. It provides me with inspiration and also a quiet space where I can regain my energy. Hand building comes very naturally to me: pinching, coiling and slab building are my favorite hand building techniques.”

Young Shin’s embroidery and fabric collages represent everyday objects, humble and functional: bowls, chairs, beds, books. Her work is inspired by a spiritual journey, and her working process begins with dyed and recycled fabric which is cut, patched, stitched, mended, and drawn on, reflecting Shin’s attempts to harmonize materials and ideas. Says Shin: “I feel like the motions of making art are the same as the motions of everyday living.”

Jan Donghee’s pen and ink drawings take the form of a visual journal, recording people and places she encounters in her travels. In 2003, she went on a backpacking trip to Latin America and recorded her journey in a series of sketchbooks. Says Jan: “Life is a long journey and every person’s life is interesting in its own unique way. As I share my memories through an intimate sketchbook, I hope that I can evoke viewers’ memories of events that have influenced how they became who they are.”

Photographer Ahram Kim seeks to record the fleeting moments of connection between her friends and family members that might otherwise go unnoticed. Says Kim: “when I succeed in capturing the happiness and love felt by these people around me, it reaffirms my belief in the ephemeral beauty that surrounds us daily.”

About the Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College

Pine Manor College educates and empowers a diverse student body to become accomplished, reflective, and confident leaders—one student at a time. The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College is curated by Carole Rabe, and presents four to five shows a year. All gallery events are free and open to the public. Please check the website for hours and directions: www.pmc.edu/hess-gallery

Gallery hours are the same as Annenberg Library hours: Mon.—Th. 8am – 10pm;
Fri. 8am – 5pm, Sat./Sun. 1pm—5pm.
For holiday hours check the library website: www.pmc.edu/library.

Contact: Carolyn Wirth / cwirth@pmc.edu / 978.298.5210

    Jaeok Lee


Young Shin


Jan Donghee


Ahram Kim