Hye Rim Lee is represented in New Stories from the Edge of Asia: Plastic Life which runs at the San Jose Museum of Art from 13 March to 19 September 2010.
Exhibition curator JoAnn Northrup says: “I am transfixed by Hye RIm Lee's seductive 3-D digital animation, Crystal City, Spun (2008). She toys with the viewer, inviting us into her kingdom of translucent, pulsating spires populated by a winsom dragon, YONG, assorted bunnies, and a curvaceous nymph TOKI. Lee's playfully transgressive vision of a universe of female pleasure is underlined by her disciplined embrace of good design; her forms echo the grace of Brancusi's soaring biomorphic sculptures while her compositions recall the organised splendor of Louise Nevelson. In Korean culture YONG describes the powerful dragon of the sky while TOKI means bunny. Lee–born in Korea but now residing in Auckland and New York–has transformed familiar mythological characters into cybernetic vehicles devoted to female aspiration and desire.
Image: Hye Rim Lee, Crystal City, Spun (2008), video, 3 min 15 sec