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Sang Wook Lee

November 10 - December 14, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10
th, from 4 - 6 pm

Sang Wook Lee will create a site specific installation in the Courthouse Gallery using ramen noodles as his main artistic medium. These instant noodles (which he has loved to eat since childhood) are a symbol of his cultural background and Korean popular culture. San Wook says: “Conceptually, the idea of using ramen noodles as a material was appealing due to their cultural unambiguity. For many Koreans they trigger memories of family, gatherings, ceremonies, and place. Reflections on their formal, transformative, and innate ability to conjure up visions of my homeland inspired me to implement them as a narrative device in a new series of works.  Formally, the noodles are contained chaos. Within each square block lies a seemingly controlled universe composed of a matrix of edible, soft, organic lines. Once cooked however, they are unbound and transform into a whirling composition of soft, lyrical lines.”

Sang Wook Lee grew up and was educated in South Korea where he received both a BFA and an MFA from Dong-A University in Busan. Subsequently, he came to the US and earned an MFA from University of Georgia in textiles. His recent exhibitions include “The Mass Killing of Pigs, 2012”, Kyoto, Japan; “Ramen noodle 2012”, Korean Culture Center, New York, NY; “VI International World Textile Art Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, Mexico City, Mexico; “Noodle Noodle” at Emory University, Atlanta, GA; “Ramen Noodle 2008” at MOCA, Jacksonville, FL and “Pojagi-2007 Cheongju International Craft Biennale” at Cheongju Craft Museum, Cheongju City, South Korea. He currently teaches Textile and Fiber Arts in the Art Department at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.

This exhibition is funded in part by Price Chopper's Golub Foundation, Hacker Boat Company, Inc., and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm, and all other times by appointment. The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY.

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