Image Journal, Issue No. 106, a literary journal publishing my photo essay, An Indelible Season: NYC, 2020 about my experience during the COVID-19 quarantine in NYC this past spring.
My solo exhibition, Growing Glo-cal, opens at Womenswork.Art gallery, 4 South Clinton, Poughkeepsie, 12601.
My solo exhibition “STATE OF THE DYSUNION II” at Walford Galleries, Adams Hall, Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL, 60187. Info of the virtual documentation and artist talk will be updated soon. On view: Until October 22nd 2020
A charity auction for the celebration of the Suffrage Movement and 100 Years of Women’s Rights organised by The Delaware Contemporary
‘Together’ is a word which carries unusually poignant resonances right now in the midst of a global pandemic. The fact that churches worldwide forewent assembling for celebrations of Pentecost—that day of great gathering together of God’s Spirit and the nations—serves as a case-in-point for our situation.
Most of the “Travelogue” photographs in Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s “Passages” were also made in Europe, but the shots feature neither open spaces nor abundant light. Exhibited in a dark, curtained room at Hamiltonian Gallery, and illuminated by pinpoint spotlights, the small glossy images focus on windows, skylights and peepholes.
Home Alone Together: We are told that home is where the heart is, but also that, while we can travel the world in search of what we need, we must return home in order to find it. Home has been described as the centre and circumference, the start and finish, of most of our lives. That may be particularly so at this time, in both its constraining and revelatory senses. Home can be a place of abuse which it is imperative to leave but may also be a shelter from storms and the place where our most important work is done.
In the exhibition REDIRECT, the inherent risks of our social media landscape—exposure, error, loss—are reflected through installations by seven artists who approach contemporary technology both deliberately and cautiously.
Curated by Aline Lara Rezende & Julia Hartmann
VBKÖ – Vereinigung bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs (Austrian Association of Women Artists)
FIREWALL Pops-Up at”REDIRECT”, an exhibition organized by Tiger Strikes Asteroid Grenville at RAMP Gallery, Asheville, NC curated by Suzanne Dittenber
Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a network of artist-run spaces in several U.S. cities, aims “to collectively bring people together, expand connections and build community through artist-initiated exhibitions, projects and curatorial opportunities.” Curated by Suzanne Dittenber, the Greenville, S.C., chapter’s REDIRECT show at Revolve’s RAMP Gallery furthers that goal with work that “critically or philosophically engages with technology” and finds each artist “examining the web, social media, mobile devices or other contemporary technology with a calculated sense of intentionality or caution.”
I was interviewed by James Coomarasamy of BBC Sounds where we discussed FIREWALL and internet censorship in China
I was interviewed by James Coomarasamy of BBC Sounds
I made this couture costume out of aluminum chainmail and lenticular lenses entitled “Piscis” for the Asian American Arts Alliance 2019 fundraiser: Costume, Couture and Cocktails!
Titled Embodying Entity Through Durational Drawing, the workshop explores drawing as a tool of observation and compassion for the experiences of others and how the duration of a drawing act changes our bodies and it’s capabilities for transcendence.
My first permanent installation opened this fall 2019!
I will speak on a couple panel discussions this fall: “Moving Visuals” exhibition and “Museums Grapple with Social and Political Changes”.
Play with illumination and color with artist, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, to create your own light box to share your future with the world. Free with museum admission, free for children under 12 with an adult.
Dan Phiffer & I had a great conversation with the friendly folks China Unscripted about FIREWALL…
I presented FIREWALL at the New Media Caucus “Border Control” symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on September 21st 2019, in a panel discussion with Nadav Assor, Patricia Villalobos Echeverría and Maria del Carmen Montoya.
I was interviewed by China Unscripted in #42 Hacking China’s Censorship | FIREWALL Cafe (podcast).
Exhibition EXTENDED: January 25 – March 28
HKFP speaks to artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee about her interactive art project “FIREWALL.”
Using photographs and video, this local artist focused on windows, skylights and peepholes. Exhibited in a darkened room and illuminated by pinpoint spotlights, her small, glossy photos showed luminous details from such notable structures as Rembrandt’s house and the Great Wall of China. These were supplemented by two video-performance pieces that depicted people inside small areas of light, offering mini-narratives of entrapment and potential escape.
Please join me for a group show, “Whatchamacallit,” at Gallery CA curated by James Williams II
“Two artists ask: what does it mean to live under the shadow of the Great Firewall?” by Holmes Chan in Hong Kong Free Press on January 19, 2019
If you look hard enough at the Great Firewall of China, beneath the policy documents and internet code and rooms filled with dim screens, you might find an unexpected participant: yourself.
In the Trump era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” I probe the dissonance of the media landscape via animated video installations that question assumptions around individual agency and diverse truths.
“NOT FOUND” exhibition in Hong Kong with artist, Ying Ting; curated by Iago
Lee’s Work Explores Media’s Impact and The Search for Hope in a Dystopian Culture
WOOC correspondent Dan Phiffer spoke to artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee about Internet Censorship in China as part of his ongoing Data Justice series.
Multimedia artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee presented footage of her art installations, which exemplify how visual culture shapes notions of truth and the “other” on Friday, Feb. 16 in Kendall Hall as part of the College’s Brown Bag series.
US president Donald Trump’s warning to North Korea, how to take care of an oil fund worth of $1trn, plus a round-up of Wednesday’s Asian newspapers.
A Group Exhibition at Gallery CA Explores America’s Uneasy Melting Pot
I put on the headphones that are part of Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s ‘Red vs. Blue Polarity,’ in the group show “Whatchamacallit” at Gallery CA, and a noisy barrage of cameras clicking and flashes flying is the only audio accompanying a video of Donald Trump at a press conference
Please join me for my “Verti-Call” exhibition Artist Talk and reception, Oct 6th, 6p
On view: Sept 6 – Oct 15th, 2016 at Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
“Hoof prints? Wait, maybe coffee beans?” We trade guesses as we examine the shape repeated across the long piece of brown paper. It’s simple — an outline made by a few contour lines — but duplicated 84 times in 7 different colors.
I am grateful to recieve a Creative Engagement grant from LMCC for FIREWALL! Thankful for the generous support of NYC!
By Alex Jensen
(live radio), 7:30a Morning News, South Korea
Manhattan-based artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee never guessed she was in for a bit of international intrigue and even global headlines when she launched a show and accompanying discussion panels in February at a couple of alternative venues on the Lower East Side.
紐約華埠這家只開放一個月的網吧展覽，叫做「防火牆」。一走進防火牆網吧（FIREWALL Internet Cafe NYC），除了電腦，會看到一條豎立在正中央的紅線，它其實是用來對比美國的谷歌搜索和中國的百度搜索體驗。這家網吧的每臺電腦，都把谷歌和百度一左一右的並排在畫面上，讓民眾可以清楚看到兩種搜尋結果的差異。
Over the past year, a number of individuals have been subjected to similar campaigns, including cartoonists Rebel Pepper and Badiucao. This week in New York, a Chinese feminist activist who was participating in a round table discussion of online activism withdrew after receiving threats from China. Simon Denyer reports for The Washington Post.
It was supposed to be an art exhibition exploring China’s censorship of the Internet. It became an example of how that censorship can reach all the way around the world, even onto Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Established by video and installation artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee in collaboration with technologist Dan Phiffer, the exhibition FIREWALL Internet Cafe NYC at Chinatown Soup enables visitors to navigate the internet as users in China do, filtered through the Great Firewall
Firewall Internet Café is a fascinating pop-up exhibition that allows visitors to simultaneously search images on Google and the Chinese search engine, Baidu.
This story has all the elements of a 1990s cyberpunk thriller: hackers, foreign government agents, and multinational corporations.
This interview is a continuation of the discussion with curator Patricia Miranda and artists Claudia Hart, Carla Gannis, Victoria Vesna, Laura Splan, Cynthia Lin, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, and Christopher Baker around the TechNoBody exhibition
On January 23, 2015, TechNoBody opened at Pelham Art Center in New York, a group exhibition exploring “the mediated world’s impact on and relationship to the physical body in an increasingly virtual world.”
“Still Light Stills” solo show at Creative Paradox in Annapolis, MD
Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s work is full of surprises. It is both sublime, and mesmerizing. Were her work static it would constitute a focal point, a centerpiece, yet her moving and changing images beckon the viewer, imploring them to stay, to reflect, to think.
Fall Solos: Meet The Artists Pt. 1 Download PDF FALL SOLOS: MEET THE ARTISTS PT. 1 While AAC’s galleries are closed for install, please enjoy this first in a series of blog posts designed to introduce you to our Fall SOLOS artists and familiarize you with their unique ways of thinking and diverse artistic practices.…
An arrangement of test tubes containing color-coded genetic material; a wearable garden that purifies the air; an installation inspired by the periodic table — these artworks all incorporate components of STEM, an educational curriculum that is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They are currently among more than 40 pieces on view in “Steam,” a new exhibition at ArtsWestchester’s Arts Exchange.
Please join me for the opening of kōˈôrdənəts: N51:27:3 E7:0:47 to N31:12:27 E121:30:19 at the All Things Project @ NCGV in Greenwich Village, NYC
NPR All Tech Considered ran a fun story about the HacDC workshops I have been attending this summer.
Two satellites set for launch Sunday will soon be in the hands of ordinary people because they run on a tiny microchip that anyone can program.
Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is a recent MFA graduate from MICA. She currently lives and works around Baltimore, both showing locally and teaching adjunct graduate classes at MICA.
Gallery Four presents the group exhibition Ephemeral Arena during Artscape 2013. The opening reception will commence after the announcement of the winner of the 2013 Sondheim Prize at the Walters Museum.
Many of the show’s diverse impulses come together in Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s three pieces, which combine painting and video.
Come out to Rockville for some great art and Chinese food! I am showing collaborative animations made with Chinese calligrapher and painter, Bertrand Mao!
Thank you Maryland State Arts Council for awarding me a $3,000 Individual Artist Award in the category of Media/Digital/Electronic Arts!
Gallery CA, City Arts Building 440 E Oliver Street, Baltimore, MDDec 31, 2012 – Feb 1, 2013 Reception: Friday, Jan 18th, 5 – 8p
I am happy and flattered to be included among the Top 10 Best Art Gallery Shows in D.C. in the Washington Post by Mark Jenkins, who reviewed about 200 shows this year, and saw many more!
If you have been in the Ath lately, you may have stopped by the new show at the Silber Gallery. The exhibition, Perspectives: a Look through Cultural Lenses, is a video installation project using mixed media to explore the effect of Western and Eastern art history and culture on the artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee.
“Perspectives: a Look through Cultural Lenses”, Silber Gallery, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD.
October 30 – December 2, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, November 9th, 6-9p
The painter David Reed has a body of work he discusses as “bedroom paintings.” At (e)merge Art Fair, housed in the Capital Skyline Hotel, every painting is a “hotel room painting” or a “bathroom sculpture,” and each space is loaded with cognitive dissonance.
In performative installation Made in China, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee operated a cart from which she sold small red and gold packages for five dollars, manufactured in the United States and branded with an image combining a star from the American flag and the Apple logo.
Thanks for your generous support of my first performance-based video installation, or “installation art activated by the Artist’s Presence” …a phrase coined by Adam Budak, curator of Contemporary Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, during the “Performance Art: IMPACT” panel discussion at (e)merge art fair.
Art comes in many shapes and sizes at the the 2012 (e)merge art fair.
The Capitol Skyline Hotel will look different over the next three days. The (e)merge art fair has brought in 152 artists and 80 galleries to set up installations, paintings, sculpture and site-specific works that transform the hotel in an art gallery for up-and-coming artists.
I am excited to participate as an Independent Artist in (e)merge Art Fair, Thurs, Oct 4 – Sun, Oct 7 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C. Please come out to see my new installation and performance project!
My 2-year Hamiltonian Fellowship culminated with this collaborative group exhibition curated by Tim Doud, Co-chair of the Art Department at American University. The So Fellowship has provided me opportunities to mount solo exhibitions, a solo booth at Scope NYC 2011, and plug into the D.C. art scene. I feel privileged to be selected for this, and am grateful for Paul So’s vision for and support of the arts!
Chinese-American Artist Uses Video to Examine Identity by Wanda Jackson
9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708
April 10 – May 27, 2012
Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, who holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she currently works and teaches, presents her mixed-media work in “Passages II,” one of three new exhibits at Montpelier Arts Center that will be on view through May.
Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s ‘Passages’ at Hamiltonian Gallery by Mark Jenkins on 3.2.12, page C9
1353 U Street NW, Washington D.C. 20009
Feb 11 – Mar 10, 2012
Reception: Saturday, Feb 11th, 7 – 9p
Artist Talk: Wednesday, Feb 22nd @ 7p
I am so grateful to receive the C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown studio at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower!
A fully funded studio in the historic clock tower, I will participate in monthly open studios, sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts. Come by to see my new digs on Saturday, Jan 7th from 1-5p
Bid on my work to support the Goldwell Open Air Museum Albert’s Tarantella IV by October 1st!
Pahrump Valley Times: Artist showcases talents, shares experience with area students
Our inaugural group of residents is comprised of a dozen artists from all around the U.S. Please check out our new residency in China and consider applying for the next summer residency!
Group exhibition at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C. curated by Zoe Charlton
June 25 to Aug 5, Reception: Sat, June 25, 7 – 9p
Even though Joyce Lee paints with Renaissance masters in mind and exhibits her work in art galleries, she transcends chilly white walls with cinematic presentations that she calls “projection paintings.”
April 4 – June 13, 2011London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan and Venicetravelogue to come, so stay tuned!
cablegram: Dispatches #17 | New Now: Introducing the 2010 Hamiltonian Fellows by N. Elizabeth Schlatter on 8.30.10
Washington City Paper: New Now @ Hamiltonian Gallery by John Anderson on 7.30.10
DCist: ACADEMY 2010 @ Conner Contemporary Art by Matthew Smith on 7.15.10
Hamiltonian’s “New Now” exhibition introduces its five newest fellows, who collectively could be described as muted and cerebral with a hint of design. Joyce Lee appropriates light and structure from Old Master paintings in her pastel drawings, which she uses as backdrops for her videos—by forcing viewers to stare longer at the works than they otherwise would, she transforms self-reflection into aimlessness.
There has been a most unusual invasion taking over our city. The “terrorists” are idealistic and beautiful young persons. If the White House had been alerted about this incursion, General Petraeus would not be sent from his new post in Afghanistan to rescue Daytonians from this overdose of optimistic creativity.
review: Blue Sky Project residency The Oakwood Register: UD’s Blue Sky Project finds fertile field of art energy by Burt Saidel on 7.20.10 >> download Oakwood Register PDF
Conner Contemporary Art co-founders Jamie Smith and Leigh Conner believe in the viability of emerging artists from the D.C. area, as displayed in Academy, their yearly survey of MFA/BFA standouts from the D.C.-Baltimore area