Barbie Dissected and Defaced

via ArtDaily

Do you love dissections of Barbie’s as much as I do? Above see Jason Freeny’s “Choice Cuts: New Sculptural Work” at 101/exhibit via ArtDaily. Below Huffington Post exposes Barbie un-made. Writing this post made me curious about Barbie today. She’s still going strong–check her out here.

via Huffington Post

Year in Review


Top highlights of 2012: receiving my MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) which involved both a symposium and an art exhibition, starting my teaching job at SAIC, presenting at the (In)Appropriated Bodies conference at Cornell University, starting to write for Sixty Inches From Center, and being invited to present at the International Conference of Asia Scholars in Macau (June 2013).

Below are the top read blog posts from 2012:

1. Master of Arts Visual and Critical Studies Symposium 

2. NYC, April 10, Part I [Sandra Dukic and Boris Glamocanin]

3. Red Gate Reunion Series 2012: Crystal Ruth Bell

4. Landscapes from Pyongyang at Galerie Son in Berlin

5. Just Humans: An interview with Angelica Dass, creator of Humanae  

6. Red Gate Reunion Series 2012: Britt Salt

7. Felix Gonzales-Torres at Samsung Museum in Seoul via ArtDaily

8. Batman, Jaws, and Other Such Characters

9. Red Gate Reunion Series: Jon Hewitt 

10. Sunday Morning Coffee (Quicky)

Thanks for reading! I hope that your 2013 is getting off to a grand start!

The Bean and More

Anish Kapoor, Shooting into the corner, 2008-2009

This work was brought to my attention by e-flux, read about it here, it is now on display as part of a a retrospective of Kapoor’s work at Pinchuk Art Center.

Last Sunday marked the day of my graduation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Yes, now you can call me Master. The graduating students of SAIC have the privilege of walking across the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park to receive their diplomas.  A smidgen to the west rests the infamous Chicago “Bean.” The “Bean’s” title is Cloud Gate and it was created by Anish Kapoor. This morning as I was wading through the emails I’ve neglected the past few weeks I came across another work by Kapoor and I thought the many visitors we had last weekend would find it interesting to see another work created by the “Bean” artist.

Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies Symposium

Chang Jia, Standing up Peeing 3, archival inkjet print, 2006, image via Walsh Gallery

The Art Institute of Chicago, Ryan Education Center, Studio A, 159 E. Monroe Street                                             Thursday, April 19, 3:00-7:00 PM

Space & Place 3:00-4:15, Memory & History 4:30-5:45, Identity & Body 6:00-7:00.

The graduating student in the MA in Visual and Critical Studies program share their thesis work in a symposium. Please join us for lively presentation of interdisciplinary work and a dynamic conversation.

I will be presenting an excerpt of my chapter on Chang Jia’s photography series Standing Up Peeing which will be in the Identity & Body group from 6:00-7:00.

There will be cookies and coffee!

Sunday Morning Coffee

Hyungkoo Lee, Image from The Objectuals

I finally have an email sign-up for this blog! To receive an email when I make a blog post go about half way down on the sidebar on the right side and enter your email address! My goal is to have 100 subscribers.

My friend and MAVCS grad Meredith Kooi was interviewed by Caroline Picard on Bad at Sports. “The Liminal Space of Self: An Interview with Meredith Kooi”–click here to read it! Meredith is incredibly insightful and her work is fascinating.

A fun(ny) work break: SAT vocabulary test based on The Hunger Games. I’m embarrassed to say I missed one.

This image reminds me of Miru Kim’s work. It is from the article “A Chicken Without Guilt” on NY Times.

Mark your calendars! On April 6 at Autumn Space in Chicago the second year MAVCS student will host a reception to celebrate our final exhibition. Tomorrow I’m doing a series of test-installations for the next iteration of Body Project which will be my contribution to the exhibition.

Sunday Morning Coffee (Superbowl Sunday!)


Above is an art homage to the Superbowl at the Indianapolis Museum of Art by Robert Indiana. Enjoy your chili!

I have a VCS Noontime Lecture this Friday in MC 112 South Michigan, Room 501. I’ll be discussing Body Project and I’d love to see you there!

Art Radar‘s third installment of What is ahead for contemporary Asian art, 2012 and beyond? Part III.

The earliest copy of Mona Lisa found at the Prado.

More on the  9th Gwangju Biennale. If I were in Korea I would try to get to one of these workshops.

First Family art stroll.

Paul Gauguin right before he died said, “I have wished to establish the right to dare anything…The public owes me nothing, since my achievement in painting is only relatively good, but the painters–who today profit by this liberty–they owe me something.” Modern Art by Sam Hunter, John Jacobus, and Daniel Wheeler page 44.


Between Sheets – Canon Spring 2011


This is the over of between sheets the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Visual and Critical Studies Department journal.  The first year class was in charge of the publication this year.  Intimacy was the overall topic–contributions included a variety of interpretations on intimacy.   My piece came in two parts.  The first was a consideration of language and interpretation.  I wrote it in English and used Google Translate to translate it into Korean.

My other piece was a kind of word game and simultaneously a hacking of language.

Contact me if you’d like a PDF of my work.  Also, here is a clue to the second part on YOUTUBE.

To learn about my classmates, the other between sheets contributors, visit the SAIC VCS website!

Disclaimer: The photo of the cover is from a draft but you get the idea!