/ De Pree Art Gallery

Current Exhibit

Ecstasy on the Surface 
August 21–September 27

Virtual experience in the digital form has transformed our perception of reality and our recognition of the physicality of space has been distorted. By leveraging the tension between digital image and traditional mediums, Leekyung Kang, the 2019 Borgeson Artist in Residence, intensifies this distortion. Through mass image duplication, its disorientation, randomness, and repetition, there lies a co-existence of the two- and three-dimensional worlds.

Artist’s Talk

September 27, 4 p.m.
Cook Auditorium, De Pree Art Center and Gallery


September 27, 5–6:30 p.m.
De Pree Art Center and Gallery

Artist Statement

For the past few years, I have been obsessed with the structural framework and components that make up the urban landscape. My work has focused on exploring both exterior surfaces and interior infrastructure of the cities I have lived in, including architectural imagery of unfinished scaffold facades through mixed media. The goal of this work is to expose the unseen and hidden spaces by capturing the raw and unfinished state of our present environment. I seek to challenge the conventional understanding of space that focuses on physical state, history and transformation.

Recently, through the exploration of digitized surfaces, my perception and perspective of reality has been altered. When navigating the digital world, I often wonder what actually lies beneath the web cursor. The seamless surface does not reveal the infrastructure of the hidden space, nor can one see the materiality and responses of data components in “real time.” As one continues to explore this vacuum, these imaginations go beyond the surface, hidden in a layered matrix accumulated with spider webs of endless history, time, space and transition. Computer projections contain layered evidence of the randomness of our internet presence. In my work, I attempt to excavate each layer and explore the unseen space by rearranging components through digital language manipulation and photo editing.

Using painting, printmaking and video installation, my recent work places the viewer in a projected reality of unseen space. This unseen space allows for the exploration of intangible material, teetering between the second and third dimensions that challenge visual perception and incognizance.