Work > Briefly Gorgeous (2021)

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In Briefly Gorgeous*, Kang Seung Lee’s first solo exhibition at Gallery Hyundai, multiple histories and memories of queer communities from different generations and locations are woven together as the works create dialogues across space and time. The exhibition includes over 40 new works in a diverse mixture of media such as graphite drawings and gold thread embroidery on Sambe—allusions to life and death, the frailty of beauty and the fleeting nature of memory—as well as paintings on transformed canvases, ceramics, garment, artist books, film footage, and Polaroid images.

Featuring: Beatriz Cortez, Clifford Prince King, Dean Sameshima, fierce pussy, Haneyl Choi, Homie Garden, Lucas Michael, Patricia Fernandez, Shawn McQuate, Tseng Kwong Chi, Smallstudiosemi

Playlists by: Dew Kim, Jungle, Lee Jungsik, Minihan, Young-jun Tak, Jaeseok Kim, Haneyl Choi, Byul.org

* The exhibition title was taken from On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, an autobiographical novel by Ocean Vuong.

All photos courtesy of Gallery Hyundai, Seoul

Untitled (Press Release for Reza Abdoh’s Tight Right White, 1993)
Graphite on paper
24 x 18 in (61 x 45.7 cm)
2021
Untitled (Willi Smith by Kim Steele, 1981)
Graphite on paper
14 x 17 in (35.6 x 43.2 cm)
2021
Untitled
large-format Xerox after a Polaroid original
33 x 24 in (83.8 x 61 cm)
1980
Untitled
Clothing
75 x 33 x 8 in (191 x 84 x 20 cm); display dimensions variable
Planetary Moon in May (Mojave)
Hand carved walnut wood, oil on tin, carved poplar, ceramic, copper, hour and second hand, and quartz clock movement on panel
12.5 x 9.5 x 1.5 in (31.8 x 24.1 x 3.8 cm)
2020
Untitled 1
Mixed media
72.8 x 60 in (185 x 153.5 cm)
2021
Untitled 2
Mixed media
72.8 x 60.4 in (185 x 153.5 cm)
2021
Untitled 3
Mixed media
72.8 x 60.4 in (185 x 153.5 cm)
2021
Master Rich Cocoon
Photography
18.7 x 24.7 in (47.6 x 62.9 x 3.8 cm)
1998
Lovers in a Field
Archival inkjet print
14 x 10 in (35.6 x 25.4 cm)
2019
Transmission V
Poster
21 x 12.7 in (54 x 32.3 cm)
2021
Untitled (Yato Tamotsu)
Graphite on paper
17 x 14 in (43.2 x 13.6 cm) each (diptych)
2021
Untitled (Yato Tamotsu)
Graphite on paper
17 x 14 in (43.2 x 13.6 cm) each (diptych)
2021
Untitled (Table)
artist books, dried flowers (Homie Garden), wooden furniture (by Smallstudiosemi)
Dimensions variable
2021
Untitled
Site-specific wall installation
Dimensions variable
Untitled (Alvin Baltrop, The Piers (1975-1986), Year Unknown)
Graphite on paper
24 x 18 in (61 x 45.7 cm)
2021
Untitled (Goh Choo San 6)
Graphite on paper
8.5 x 6.5 in (21.6 x 16.5 cm)
2021
Untitled (Goh Choo San 5)
Graphite on paper
32 x 24 in (81.3 x 60.3 cm)
2019
Untitled (Goh Choo San 4)
Graphite on paper
32 x 24 in (81.3 x 60.3 cm)
2019
Untitled (Shawn McQuate 3)
Graphite on paper
19 x 13 in (48.3 x 33 cm)
2021
Hands
Single channel black and white video, sound
Dimensions variable, 5 min. 54 sec.
2021
Untitled (Tseng Kwong Chi, Disneyland, California, 1979)
Graphite on paper
8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
2021
Untitled (Tseng Kwong Chi, Lake Nineveh, 1985)
Graphite on paper
8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
2021
Untitled (Tseng Kwong Chi, Paris, France, 1983)
Graphite on paper
8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
2021
Untitled (Tseng Kwong Chi, San Francisco, California (Trans Am), 1979)
Graphite on paper
8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
2021
Untitled (Pagoda Theater)
Graphite on paper
45 x 59 in (114.3 x 149.9 cm)
2021
Untitled (Keukdong Theater)
Graphite on paper
45 x 59 in (114.3 x 149.9 cm)
2021
Untitled (Wongoji)
Ink on Yupo paper
9 x 11 in (22.9 x 27.9 cm) each (80 pieces)
2021
Untitled (Wongoji)
Ink on Yupo paper
9 x 11 in (22.9 x 27.9 cm) each (80 pieces)
2021
Untitled (Diary)
Graphite on paper
45 x 59 in (115 x 150 cm)
2020
Untitled (Shawn McQuate 4)
graphite on paper
22 x 17 in (55.9 x 43.2 cm)
2021
Untitled
Polaroid
11 x 8.5 in (28 x 21.8 cm) (sleeve) 4.25 x 3.3 in (10.8 x 8.6 cm) each
2021
Untitled
Polaroid
11 x 8.5 in (28 x 21.8 cm) (sleeve) 4.25 x 3.3 in (10.8 x 8.6 cm) each
2021
Untitled (Shawn McQuate)
Single channel HD video, color, silent
Dimensions variable
2021
Untitled (Drain Cover, Nakwondong, Jongno)
Graphite on paper
59 x 45 in (149.9 x 114.3 cm)
2021
Untitled
Ceramic tiles and vessel (California clay mixed with soils from Tapgol Park, Namsan Park, Prospect Cottage), drain cover from a sauna in Nakwon-dong, fossilized leaves, and seeds from Pennsylvanian to Eocene eras, pebble from Tapgol Park, dried flowers fr
Approx. 31 x 31 x 6 in (78.7 x 78.7 x 15.2 cm)
2021
Untitled (The Future Perfect)
Antique 24k gold thread embroidery on Sambe, fossil leaves, meteorites, copper, ceramic vessel (California clay mixed with soils from Tapgol Park, Namsan Park, Prospect Cottage), and dried flowers from Homie Garden
Sambe 106.2 x 23.6 each (270 x 60 cm) each; display dimensions variable
2021
Skin
Three-channel HD video, color, silent
Dimensions variable
2021
Untitled (Byun Hui-su & Kim Kihong)
Graphite on paper
24 x 18 in (61 x 45.7 cm)
2021
Skin (Jennifer Moon)
Graphite on paper
73 x 45 in (185.4 x 114.3 cm)
2021
Untitled (Free Time, 1994)
Graphite on paper
14 x 17 in (35.6 x 43.2 cm)
2021
Untitled (Map)
Ink and graphite on paper
44.7 x 30 in (113.7 x 76.2 cm)
2021
Untitled (Pashu, 1994)
Graphite on paper
14 x 17 in (35.6 x 43.2 cm)
2021
Untitled (Alexander, 1994)
Graphite on paper
14 x 17 in (35.6 x 43.2 cm)
2021
Skin (Julie Tolentino)
Antique 24K gold thread embroidery on Sambe, fossil leaves, meteorites, copper, ceramic vessel (California clay mixed with soils from Tapgol Park, Namsan Park, Prospect Cottage), and dried flowers from Homie Garden
Approx. 17.5 x 22.5 in (44.5 x 57.2 cm)
2021
Untitled (King Club)
Acrylic on linen, wood
Approx. 57.4 x 84 in (146 x 213.4 cm)
2021
SLUTFORART
Neon
Approx. 16.5 x 106.2 in (42 x 270 cm)
2021
Untitled
Antique 24k gold thread embroidery on Sambe, deformed pearl
Approx. 48 x 22 in (122 x 55.9 cm)
2021
I saw you
Metal, 3d print, iphone
29.5 x 29.5 x 70.8 in (75 x 75 x 180 cm)
2021
Forever army, BTS
Metal, d print, tattoo sticker
29.5 x 29.5 x 70.8 in (75 x 75 x 180 cm)
2021
Trunk party
3d print
11.8 x 13.7 x 41.3 in (30 x 35 x 105 cm)
2021
He's wasted
3d print
13.7 x 17.7 x 57 in (35 x 45 x 145 cm)
2021