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Lee Sung-Kuen’s Interconnected at Waterfall Mansion

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected
All Photos By Gail

If you think you’ve been to every kind of cool art gallery in New York City, from the LES to Midtown, but you have not yet been to Waterfall Mansion, then now is a good time to add a visit to this uptown gem of an art destination to your bucket list. Waterfall Mansion, a Townhome only open to the public for a few hours each Saturday (and the rest of the week by appointment only) specializes in unique exhibits by Asian artists, really does have a two-story waterfall inside, but to really appreciate that distinguishing architectural feature you need to go in person.

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

Now through December 4th, Waterfall Mansion & Gallery presents Interconnected, the first major solo exhibition of renowned Korean artist, Lee Sung-KuenLee’s figurative works, which represent organic life and growth, are composed of thin, short-length wires and brightly colored knots.

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

The netted steel volumes that he produces juxtapose the heaviness of metal and the light, creating a fluid dynamic between shape and space that both penetrates and expands the space the work inhabits.

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

In an effort to harmonize material substance and immaterial space, Lee obliterates the distance between shape and space, and instead emphasizes the shifting mobility and elasticity of his pieces. In this way, the pieces do not form or become an object, but instead permeate and adapt to their surroundings, enriching the space around it and creating a unique sculpture of situation.

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

The sculptures do feel very organic and can be seen as perhaps having been inspired by sea sponges and aquatic plants as well as microcosmic material.

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

This cluster of three hanging sculptures reminded me of cocoons.

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

The Waterfall Atrium is also filled with colorful suspended sculptures. The look a bit like jelly bean-shaped clouds.

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

This piece is on the second floor and is the only one that is what I would call “representational.”

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

These look like a group of desert cacti.

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

This fun exhibit is a good introduction to the Waterfall Mansion aesthetic. Try to make it uptown before the show ends on December 4th.

Waterfall Mansion and Gallery is Located at 170 East 80th Street (Between Third and Lex) in NYC. The Gallery is only open to the public on Saturdays from Noon – 5 PM, so plan accordingly. Visit This Link for more information.

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected Detail

Sung Keun Lee Interconnected

Spectrum Specter By Soo Sunny Park

Spectrum Specter
Photo By Gail

American artist Soo Sunny Park continues her exploration of light and its impact on physical space and architectural design with Spectrum Specter — a small scale installation from her Unwoven Light series. Spectrum Specter is a curvaceous structure, suspended in the air and shaped from sections of chain link fencing. Within each open spaces hangs a shape made of iridescent acrylic Plexiglas. Each shape reflects and refracts the natural and artificial lighting, making sure the room and art never appear the same way twice.

Photographed in the Waterfall Mansion on NYC’s Upper East Side.

Soo Sunny Park Installation View

Kim Joon, Crashing at Waterfall Mansion

Waterfall Room
All Photos By Gail

I don’t remember how I first heard of NYCs Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, but I know it was a place that I discovered completely by accident. And I admit that I became distracted enough to have I forgotten about it for maybe a year before I got inspired a few weeks ago to look it up again on the interwebs and plan a visit.

Waterfall Mansion Front

Kim Joon Crashing Signage

Of course, when I saw that they are currently hosting an exhibit art by Korean digital artist Kim Joon and that the ranking hostingów will be hosting their site, I got extra excited, because his work is amazing, and I am a huge fan!

Forest Paul
Forest Paul

With Crashing, Kim continues his mastery of the 3D Studio Max software, which he uses to manipulate his fantastic, hyper-surreal images — composed of body parts and patterned skins, or “tattoos” — in new and exciting ways. His art is so unique and very beautiful.

Forest-Green Day
Forest-Green Day

These new pieces, which were created specifically for the Waterfall Mansion and Gallery space, focus on the theme of tension and balance between our current identity and who we wish to be. Kim uses tattoo-like images and artificial skin textures on computer generated bodies and creates a crash of identities.

Forest-Monkey
Forest-Monkey

Using tattoo as a form of expression, Kim reveals deeply imprinted desires, and the obsessions that are on his mind. In his early works, to demonstrate repression towards individuals under social convention, he created a discourse on the relationship of body and tattoo, which was a cultural taboo, and still legally restricted in Korea.

Forest-Pink
Forest-Pink

Kim began reproducing tattoos on digital flesh in the early aughts, using motifs such as clouds, dragons, and traditional symbols, as well as luxurious brand labels mapped on human body, causing a friction of shape, texture, and pattern.

Forest-Pink Lady
Forest-Pink Lady

In the series Blue Jean Blues, the body became more fragile by being made of ceramic. Recently, as seen in Somebody, which also exhibited at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea in 2014, and Forest, the bodies are fragmented and distorted. This hybrid form creates uncanny and uncomfortable balancing acts by crashing the real vs. fake, old vs new, who we want to be vs. who we are, self-definition vs. cultural expectations.

This video work, Pink Bubble, is part of the Crashing exhibit at Waterfall Mansion.

Kim Joon invites the viewer into the crashing of his own identities, to reflect upon their own tensions and conflicting forces of identity, and to reveal where true value in life is placed.

And let’s not forget to check out that waterfall!

Waterfall Mansion

Kim Joon’s Crashing will be on Exhibit Only Through Saturday, July 3oth, 2016, at Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, Located at 170 East 80th Street (Between Third and Lex) in NYC. The Gallery is only open to the public on Saturdays from Noon – 5 PM, so you just have one more day to see it. Visit This Link for more information.

She-Red Ear
She-Red Ear

Kim Joon Crashing