Untitled (A Looter Wheels a Shopping Cart Full Of Diapers)
- Kang Seung Lee
- Apr 20 – Oct 20, 2017
- Opening Reception
- April 22, 2017
- BAIK ART
- 2600 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90034
Baik Art presents an outdoor wall project Untitled (A looter wheels a shopping cart full of diapers) by Kang Seung Lee, a multidisciplinary artist who was born in South Korea and now lives and works in Los Angeles. The mural, depicting a washed out figure with a shopping cart in the midst of fire and smoke during the Los Angeles uprising in 1992, was originally rendered in graphite on paper from a photojournalistic image and later enlarged and painted on the exterior wall of Baik Art facing La Cienega Blvd. in Culver City. The project is on view from April 20 – October 20, 2017.
Untitled (A looter wheels a shopping cart full of diapers) is in conjunction with Leave of Absence, Lee’s project currently on view at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising (April 29 – May 4, 1992), the project serves as a reminder of the polarizing historical event, a tribute to the lives lost and injured, and communities destroyed during the multi-ethnic race conflict marked by growing discontent between the residents of disadvantaged, working class neighborhoods and the immigrant, merchant class.
Presenting figureless tableaux after digitally removing the human body and re-rendering the image in graphite, Lee’s work challenges how bodies are represented in the moments of social unrest and re-explores a historical narrative through a contemporary lens.
Kang Seung Lee has had solo exhibitions at Pitzer College Art Galleries (Claremont, CA), Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles, CA), Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (Los Angeles, CA), Centro Cultural Border (Mexico City), and group exhibitions at Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG (NC), and SOMArts (San Francisco, CA) among others. Upcoming exhibitions include Reconstitution at LAXART and a solo exhibition at Artpace, TX. He received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).