As a Korean American artist and designer, I situate myself at the medial position of design and commerce. This position gives me a critical vantage point to draw upon and comment on the production of images in late capitalism. I have exhibited internationally and been primarily active in South Korea for the past few years.
I am an artist who thrives at the crossroads of contemporary art practice, media studies, cultural criticism, writing, education, and graphic design. This multidisciplinary approach has become the essence of my creative output, shaping both my work and perspective on the world.
Graphic design is the foundation of my practice upon which I have built a critical art practice. Through my practice, I aim to challenge preconceptions, stimulate critical thinking, and inspire a deeper understanding of our ever-evolving world. My artistic portfolio blends several disciplines including design, writing, and education.
Media studies inform my understanding of the world. I produce photographic textures and blend digital elements with other media in my art to provoke contemplation ofthe role of creativity in culture. As a designer who has made commercial images, my work engages in a critical dialog between my abilities and the messages embedded within the work I create.
Cultural criticism underpins my work. Drawing inspiration from theorists Timothy Morton, Hito Steyrl, and David Joselit among others, I challenge established narratives and ideologies that hopefully open to new perspectives. Such a perspective can be best observed in my solo exhibitions “True Colors” and “7 Acting States.”
Writing is integral to my process, offering context for my work and inviting viewers into my thoughts and passions. I operate a publishing imprint called Pudding Label, which covers the intersections of design and music.
Education extends my artistry, nurturing a new generation of artists and thinkers equipped to navigate our complex contemporary world. I currently hold a professorship at Hongik University in Korea and am faculty co-chair at the low-residency MFA Graphic Design program at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). My pedagogy is heavily informed by Gunnar Swanson’s essay “Graphic Design Education as a Liberal Art”, and I practice the belief that design and art are approaches to life more than strict disciplinarity.
These five areas create the broad boundaries of my artistic activity. As my practice evolves I hope to bridge experiences, both cultural and artistic, and expand dialogues of media, culture, and society.