Kang Seung Lee
Curated Exhibition

Hidden

This group exhibition showcases material, bodily, and sensorial artwork and literature that make varied attempts at concealment. (Left: Kang Seung Lee, “The Hill" (Installation view), 2013.)

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baRbRa is a writer, transnational feminist, and Los Angeles, California, native. She is the National Communications Director of the grassroots women’s organization AF3IRM. She says: "I write because I choose not to forget."

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CA+T's first offline exhibition! Now until November 1, 2014, in Riverside, California.

curated exhibition

Hidden

The virtual exhibition Hidden showcases a range of material, bodily, and sensorial artwork and literature that are tied to each other by their varied attempts at concealment. We associate the word “hidden” with bodies or objects that cannot be seen—things out of sight and perhaps out of mind. But each of these works visually or viscerally transmits the sense that there are mysterious presences hidden or in hiding. 
 
These works invite us to tease out the details and structures that have facilitated their concealment. What is purportedly hidden then emerges in plain sight. Collectively, the works in Hidden capture “absent presences.” 
 
During the conceptual stages of Hidden, I was influenced by stories of the undocumented in the United States, and I thought about my own family’s connection to this issue. I grew up abroad, and the knowledge that some family members were “TNT” an acronym for tago ng tago or “undocumented migrants” in the United States was always present in our household. Their stories and their existence were known to all of us, but they remained hidden from society writ large. 
 
Only later did I realize that their presence and visibility in our lives came with tremendous stakes. If caught as undocumented, they could have been detained or deported back to the Philippines. When I read about the undocumented, I think about my relatives and how their lives connect to other bodies, communities, spaces, feelings, and survival strategies.
 
I hope that Hidden helps to answer questions that continue to linger: What does it mean to be hidden? What forces govern the in/visibility of people or spaces? How do artists and writers conceptualize the spectral, both phantasms and memories?
 
Curated by Jan Christian Bernabe 
September 2014
 
Special thanks to my curatorial assistant intern: Tanya Tran
 
Over the course of several weeks, work from the following artists and writers will unfold on CA+T’s website. Maraming salamat to all the contributors to Hidden.
 
Kimberly Arteche, Lek Borja, Marylene Camacho, Carina A. del Rosario, John Yoyogi Fortes, Mik Gaspay, Luisa A. Igloria, Farsad Labbauf, Lin + Lam, Kang Seung Lee, Jessica Lichtenstein, Senalka McDonald,  Michelle Peñaloza, Barbra Ramos, Chris Sicat, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Laura Swanson, Kenneth Tam, Maria Villote
 
Hidden was made possible through the generous support of donors.
 

"The Making of 'Immaculate Rendition'"

John Yoyogi Fortes

2008 Video Duration: 9m 7s Courtesy of the artist.

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John Yoyogi Fortes

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Born in a taxi on Yoyogi Street in Tokyo, Japan, John Yoyogi Fortes is a Northern California painter based in Sacramento. His paintings are often large scale explorations of self that lean towards the whimsical, dark and obscure.

 
Fortes’s paintings have been exhibited in California, Nevada, Chicago, New York, Hawaii, Venezuela and Norway, and are held in numerous private collections, as well as, the Asian American Art Centre in New York, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Triton Museum of Art and Crocker Art Museum in California. His work is included in the International Arts & Artists traveling exhibition, “Infinite Mirror; Images of American Identity.” The exhibit opened at Syracuse University in New York and travels to museums throughout the Eastern U.S.
 
Fortes has received grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and a Visual Artist Fellowship from the California Arts Council. In 2004 John was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. John was also nominated for the Alliance of Artists Communities, Vision from the New California Project in 2006 and 2007.
 
Aside from painting, John produces short web based videos through his business, Digital Boondocks. He has collaborated with the California Association of Museums and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento creating exhibition videos for Bay Area painter, Mel Ramos and Austrian artist, Gottfried Helnwein. Recently John worked with Bay Area artist, Travis Somerville on his Kickstarter campaign to fund Rainbow Warriors, a site specific piece with Earthbound Moon.

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  • Born: Tokyo, Japan
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The Hill

Kang Seung Lee

2013 Edited version of Video installation "the Hill". Original: 15 ft x 15 ft x 15 ft Courtesy of the artist.

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Kang Seung Lee

b. Scorpio
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Kang Seung Lee is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in South Korea and now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Kang has had solo and group exhibitions at Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City; the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; and the Museo Casa de Leon Trotzky, Mexico City; among many others. He is currently pursuing an M.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts.

Recent projects include 12 Selfies (2014), Untitled Needlepoint project (2013), and the Hill (2013).

 

Profile image: "untitled (me as aunt george)" by Kang Seung Lee. 

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  • Born: South Korea
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"The Hill" (Installation view)

Kang Seung Lee

2013 Video installation. 15 ft. x 15 ft. x 15 ft. Courtesy of the artist.

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Kang Seung Lee

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Kang Seung Lee is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in South Korea and now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Kang has had solo and group exhibitions at Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City; the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; and the Museo Casa de Leon Trotzky, Mexico City; among many others. He is currently pursuing an M.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts.

Recent projects include 12 Selfies (2014), Untitled Needlepoint project (2013), and the Hill (2013).

 

Profile image: "untitled (me as aunt george)" by Kang Seung Lee. 

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  • Born: South Korea
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Into the Burl

Christopher Sicat

2011 Graphite on oak burl. 36 in. x 24 in. x 8 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Christopher Sicat

b. 1968
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Christopher Sícat was a long time Los Angeles artist and curator before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Otis/Parsons School of Design (B.F.A.) and the New York Academy of Arts (M.F.A. cum laude). His recent sculptures investigate the natural environment as a platform for process- and performance- based art making. Sicat has exhibited his works at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, CA; Space 47 and Art Arc in San Jose, CA; Palo Alto (CA) Art Center; and Swarm Gallery, Southern Exposure, and Intersection for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. In the past he has also shown at JAUS, Track 16 Gallery, and Black Dragon Society in Los Angeles, CA; Intramuros Museum in Manila, Philippines; and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. Sicat directed the infamous Hatch Gallery, which hosted the controversial “Rejection Show” that was highlighted on the BBC The World.

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  • Born: Pampanga, Philippines
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Into the Burl

Christopher Sicat

2011 Graphite on oak burl. 36 in. x 24 in. x 8 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Christopher Sicat

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Christopher Sícat was a long time Los Angeles artist and curator before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Otis/Parsons School of Design (B.F.A.) and the New York Academy of Arts (M.F.A. cum laude). His recent sculptures investigate the natural environment as a platform for process- and performance- based art making. Sicat has exhibited his works at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, CA; Space 47 and Art Arc in San Jose, CA; Palo Alto (CA) Art Center; and Swarm Gallery, Southern Exposure, and Intersection for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. In the past he has also shown at JAUS, Track 16 Gallery, and Black Dragon Society in Los Angeles, CA; Intramuros Museum in Manila, Philippines; and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. Sicat directed the infamous Hatch Gallery, which hosted the controversial “Rejection Show” that was highlighted on the BBC The World.

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  • Born: Pampanga, Philippines
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Into the Burl

Christopher Sicat

2011 Graphite on oak burl 36 in. x 24 in. x 8 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Christopher Sicat

b. 1968
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Christopher Sícat was a long time Los Angeles artist and curator before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Otis/Parsons School of Design (B.F.A.) and the New York Academy of Arts (M.F.A. cum laude). His recent sculptures investigate the natural environment as a platform for process- and performance- based art making. Sicat has exhibited his works at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, CA; Space 47 and Art Arc in San Jose, CA; Palo Alto (CA) Art Center; and Swarm Gallery, Southern Exposure, and Intersection for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. In the past he has also shown at JAUS, Track 16 Gallery, and Black Dragon Society in Los Angeles, CA; Intramuros Museum in Manila, Philippines; and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. Sicat directed the infamous Hatch Gallery, which hosted the controversial “Rejection Show” that was highlighted on the BBC The World.

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  • Born: Pampanga, Philippines
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Elephant in the Room

Maria Villote

2009 Oil on reclaimed timber. 36 in. x 30 in. x 21 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Maria Villote

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Maria Villote was born in Manila, Philippines, 1984. Ten years later, she immigrated to the United States. Villote lived and worked in the Bay Area, where she received a B.A. in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley. She is one of the co-founders/co-curators of Project: One Night Stand (ONS Projects), an ongoing series of site-specific art exhibits that utilize unexpected and unconventional settings/spaces throughout Ventura County in order to showcase experimental work by local art students and local and established artists.

Maria has shown in 18th Street Arts Center, Jaus Gallery, UC Berkeley’s Worth Ryder Gallery, University of Hawaii, Hilo's Campus Center Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles' Undergraduate Art Gallery, CSUCI Exhibitions Gallery, The Control Room, Krowswork Gallery, 643 Project Space, Zughaus Gallery, Downtown Center for the Arts in Oxnard, Upfront Gallery and several shows in Oxnard College’s McNish Gallery. She was also a recipient of the 2012-2013 Oxnard Cultural Arts Grant.

 

Photograph by Maria Villote.

I’m interested in the human experience, symbiosis, and the vicissitudes of the interaction between the work and the viewer/consumer. In the construct of a hypereality and the use of metaphors and parallels, I try to seduce my audience, playing on their expectations and assumptions based on their preconceived notions. Through the lure and allure, I pull the viewer in hoping that their experience and understanding of the work will unfold into a dialectic gaze.

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  • Born: Manila, Philippines
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Elephant in the Room (detail)

Maria Villote

2009 Oil on reclaimed timber. 36 in. x 30 in. x 21 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Maria Villote

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Maria Villote was born in Manila, Philippines, 1984. Ten years later, she immigrated to the United States. Villote lived and worked in the Bay Area, where she received a B.A. in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley. She is one of the co-founders/co-curators of Project: One Night Stand (ONS Projects), an ongoing series of site-specific art exhibits that utilize unexpected and unconventional settings/spaces throughout Ventura County in order to showcase experimental work by local art students and local and established artists.

Maria has shown in 18th Street Arts Center, Jaus Gallery, UC Berkeley’s Worth Ryder Gallery, University of Hawaii, Hilo's Campus Center Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles' Undergraduate Art Gallery, CSUCI Exhibitions Gallery, The Control Room, Krowswork Gallery, 643 Project Space, Zughaus Gallery, Downtown Center for the Arts in Oxnard, Upfront Gallery and several shows in Oxnard College’s McNish Gallery. She was also a recipient of the 2012-2013 Oxnard Cultural Arts Grant.

 

Photograph by Maria Villote.

I’m interested in the human experience, symbiosis, and the vicissitudes of the interaction between the work and the viewer/consumer. In the construct of a hypereality and the use of metaphors and parallels, I try to seduce my audience, playing on their expectations and assumptions based on their preconceived notions. Through the lure and allure, I pull the viewer in hoping that their experience and understanding of the work will unfold into a dialectic gaze.

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  • Born: Manila, Philippines
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Elephant in the Room (detail)

Maria Villote

2009 Oil on reclaimed timber. 36 in. x 30 in. x 21 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Maria Villote

b. 1984
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Maria Villote was born in Manila, Philippines, 1984. Ten years later, she immigrated to the United States. Villote lived and worked in the Bay Area, where she received a B.A. in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley. She is one of the co-founders/co-curators of Project: One Night Stand (ONS Projects), an ongoing series of site-specific art exhibits that utilize unexpected and unconventional settings/spaces throughout Ventura County in order to showcase experimental work by local art students and local and established artists.

Maria has shown in 18th Street Arts Center, Jaus Gallery, UC Berkeley’s Worth Ryder Gallery, University of Hawaii, Hilo's Campus Center Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles' Undergraduate Art Gallery, CSUCI Exhibitions Gallery, The Control Room, Krowswork Gallery, 643 Project Space, Zughaus Gallery, Downtown Center for the Arts in Oxnard, Upfront Gallery and several shows in Oxnard College’s McNish Gallery. She was also a recipient of the 2012-2013 Oxnard Cultural Arts Grant.

 

Photograph by Maria Villote.

I’m interested in the human experience, symbiosis, and the vicissitudes of the interaction between the work and the viewer/consumer. In the construct of a hypereality and the use of metaphors and parallels, I try to seduce my audience, playing on their expectations and assumptions based on their preconceived notions. Through the lure and allure, I pull the viewer in hoping that their experience and understanding of the work will unfold into a dialectic gaze.

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  • Born: Manila, Philippines
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Tulips Teeth (Drawing 1)

Farsad Labbauf

2007 Color pencil on paper. 20 in. x 16 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Farsad Labbauf

b. 1965

Farsad Labbauf (Persian: فرساد لباف ) is an Iranian artist living and working in the New York area. Best known for his linear figurative paintings, he immigrated to the US at thirteen. After enrolling in Rhode Island School of Design in 1982, Labbauf received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, followed by a second degree in Industrial Design. His linear figurative paintings are inspired in part by Persian calligraphy, tile works, and studies in Quantum physics, revealing his reverence for such ideas as Unity and Monism. The origins of Labbauf's work lie in Figurative Expressionism, a style he practiced for more than two decades, leading to the creation of his linear figurative painting style. His paintings have been featured in more than sixty group shows across the globe, including at the Saatchi Gallery in London and Ex Aurum Museum in Pescara, Italy. He has, in addition, been the subject of solo exhibitions in New York, NY; Boston, MA; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Tehran, Iran; and the Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran. Labbauf's work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Salsali Museum, Dubai; the Saatchi Gallery, London; Carsten de Boer Art Collection, Amsterdam; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Esfahan.

 

Photograph by Linda Thompson. 

Over the past decade, the focus of my work has been directed on expressing ideas of singularity and exploring themes regarding the subject of Unity. Original inspirations for these ideas were found in studies of Rumi's poetry, Quantum physics and Monistic belief systems.

In addition to my figurative linear paintings, a second method of application also evolved simultaneously, using lines to overlap different content. Examining unrelated themes and conjuring new relationships, a labyrinth of lines were born by overlapping different subjects. Mrs. Heinz (2003) was a hybrid image of a Japanese geisha and a Ketchup bottle, weaving contemporary flavor to an allegory for taste and traditional customs of pleasure. Rabbit-Face (2003) was a cross between a man's head and a rabbit, referencing a merge between the intellect and the beast inside. These works were followed by the Tulips-Teeth series (2007) and The Golden Rule (2012) which continued to explore a mélange of content, examining connections among iconic figures and such themes as nature, beauty, and decay.

To express and manifest ideas of singularity, different mediums and a variety of contents are continually explored. Irrespective of content, however, my work is a continual meditation on what lies beneath the form: a universe within which subject and object merge into one. A place where there is no separation between the teacher and the thought, away from duality and into the subterranean landscape of union. Even though sources for most of my content are external, my work is often an attempt for the union of the internal.

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  • Born: Tehran, Iran
  • Based: New York, NY, USA

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