Jee Hee Kang
Class of 2014
Fire Exit 2011, oil, black gesso and charcoal on fabric, 111” x 80”
Fire Exit
2011, oil, black gesso and charcoal on fabric, 111” x 80”
Seoul, South Korea New York City

Jee Hee Kang was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1984. She received her BA in Fashion Design from Dong Duk Women?s University in Seoul, Korea and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts. She lives and works in New York City.

<p>My works express the mutability and permanence of objects I encounter in my daily life. I trace the history of an object and its resonating emotions from the object's absence by using diverse methods including frottage and casting. </p> <p>Frottage led my work to be broken free from the two dimensional canvas. I wanted to fully deconstruct the Euclidian perspective, simultaneously expressing the three-dimensional physical world as well as the two-dimensional canvas through adopting the frottage skill. The information of the three-dimensional object and the painting against the real dimensions are overlapped but exist in a distorted form through the conflict with the two-dimensional medium. The finite, variable and extinguishable nature of the physical world is thereby conveyed.</p> <p>My recent concrete casting works from found paintings are visual extensions of these ideas. I poured water mixed cement over the found paintings and removed the paintings from the concrete after it dried. The brush strokes and the paints left on the surface of the concrete enable the viewer to imagine how the original paintings looked like. These casted concretes from the paintings naturally embrace a discourse on the history of a traditional painting as well as its life and preservation. </p>
Jee Hee Kang, class of 2014

MFA Fine Arts is a full-time, two-year, 60-credit program
Seminars and workshops are complemented by weekly visits from artists, curators, critics and gallerists, who are invited to give lectures and meet with students in their studios. Students may audit up to four undergraduate and continuing education courses, and take advantage of SVA’s lectures and other resources. Each student is given a private studio with 24-hour access. At the end of each semester, open studios provide students with opportunities to present their work to the public and gain professional exposure. Graduating students take part in our annual thesis exhibition. 
We respect craft and form, but we also encourage an approach to art-making in which ideas or questions serve as points of departure for artistic processes that may lead in unforeseen directions. While some students may remain committed to a single medium for the duration of their study, most experiment with multiple modes of production.
In addition to drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, students may explore animation, digital art, installation, performance, photography, public projects, social practice, video, and numerous other disciplines. Students in the MFA Fine Arts program have the freedom to reinvent themselves. And with access to private departmental facilities for photography, video production, large format printing and woodworking, and to innovative labs at SVA for digital fabrication, bio art, printmaking, metalworking, ceramics, textiles and risography, students can pursue many approaches to making their art.
The close relationship between faculty and students—formed in studio visits, critique groups, seminars and workshops, but also through informal interactions—gives students the confidence to produce as much work as they can and to follow a personal course of intellectual and aesthetic investigation.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for degree conferral. In exceptional instances, students may be allowed to transfer up to 15 credits from other accredited graduate programs, and be eligible to complete the program in three semesters

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