June Lee

Born in 1985 - South Korea


June Lee received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting and Drawing and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber. June Lee was the 2nd place recipient of the Judith Altman Award granted at Fiber Philadelphia in 2012.

June Lee's work based on social phenomena "Bystander Effect". Countless things that happen quietly in our society are cases of bystander effect that make select individuals into outcasts. "Thinking how I can become a social outcast due to the distant indifferent bystanders, I find this a serious problem that can’t be overlooked in silence". This work traces individuals becoming an outcast in a society, and how the majority or the society overlooks the individual outcast in silence. Departing from previous materials or working approach, she made small figures for this work. Taking two different postures, the figures either have their arms crossed, or have hands tied behind their back. The two postures symbolize "Bystanders", hiding their hands and saying "I have no hands to help you" and "I have nothing to do with you."

Like architectural models that present the whole overview of the buildings, June Lee makes miniature models of people to demonstrate in one view, the majority being indifferent to an individual social outcast. Rather than using fabric, she decided to use thread, wrapping each of the bystanders with different color thread. The patterns in which they are wrapped are all different, signifying the individuality of the figures.

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1st Solo Exhibition, Kips Gallery, New York, NY, US


The 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Special Exhibition “Multi-coloredStories to Know: Ceramic of Life, Ceramic of Space collaboration”, Bandal Art Museum, Yeoju, Korea

Bag Stage #6, Bag is Performance with 0914 Simone,Simone Handbag Museum Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
New Direction, LA Craft and Folk Museum, LA, US
ITAB: International TECHstyle Art Biennale, San Jose Museum of Textile and Quit, US
Young & Young Artist Project, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
NordArt 2014, kunstwerk Carlshutte, Budelsdorf, German
Taehwa river Eco Art Festival, Ulsan bridge, Ulsan, Korea
Inter/National, Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, US

Korea Tomorrow 2013, Seoul Art Center, Hangaram Art Museum Seoul, Korea
Revelation, 1st France Craft Biennale, Grand Palais, Paris, France
8th Cheong ju International Craft Biennale, Cheong ju, Korea
Korea Tomorrow 2013, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea
28th Tallahassee International Exhibition, FSU Fine Art Museum, FL, US
Fantastic Fiber 2013, Yeiser Art Center, KY, US
Flatlanders and Surface Dwellers, 516 Arts, NM, US
View Point 2013, Montclair Studio, Center for Contemporary Art, NJ, US

Open Door 8, Rosalux Galley, Minneapolis, MN, US
New Fiber 2012, Eastern Michigan University Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI, US
Body: Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, Fredric Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI, US
Art Prize, Fredrick Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI, US
Graver Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US
Korean Art Show Special Exhibition, New York, NY, US
Fiber Philadelphia 2012, Crane Art Building, Philadelphia, PA. US

Focus: Fiber, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH, US
WWW. Exhibition, Northfield Art Guild, Northfield, MN, US
Portrait Show, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, US
Detroit Artist Market, DAM Gallery, Detroit, MI, US

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