Multi-sensory digital and analog (DigiAna) media artist Seungjin Lee will present his solo exhibition “Our Life” of original work featuring digital glitch technique and hand-drawn painting from July 22 to August 19 at DigiAna Studio, near MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, New York.
“What is human?” “What is our future?”
In this show, his fourth solo exhibition since moving to New York, Seungjin Lee presents his unique painted depictions of current events and the “digitalized mind” incorporating digital-affected cell structures opposite digital images of contemporary life. Digitally glitched, yet hand-drawn, black and white images and paintings express the mix of nature and digitalization of our society, reminding viewers of the phenomena within their minds. Evoking the worlds of Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix, Lee’s latest exhibition challenges viewers to come to their own conclusions about what is real and what is digital. Visitors to the exhibition will also have the chance to see works by other artists in the DigiAna Studio permanent exhibition.
With his unique DigiAna style, Lee uses the movements of his mind to explore and explain how the advance of digital technology affects our fundamental mindsets and lifestyles as a generation. New AI technologies such as ChatGPT and other generative programs are constantly proclaimed to demonstrate the AI conquest of human creativity, social media connects us even as it makes us feel depressed and isolated, and technological advancements such as quantum computing pose questions about our very understanding of time, space, and death itself. Each day presents new challenges and requires new approaches as we update how we interface with ourselves and each other. Amid these questions, Lee uses both digital techniques and physical hand techniques in his creative process as he tries to express and explain the feelings of digital affectation as an analog organism, made possible through direct human connection living in New York City.
Show runs from July 22 to August 19, reservations required. (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Opening Reception on July 22 from 6pm-8pm (no reservation required for the Opening).
About Seungjin Lee and DigiAna
Seungjin Lee is a New York based artist who uses multi-sensory digital and analog media to create works that focus on augmented reality and the cultural intersections between human-felt experience and a virtually-impelled world. Lee was born in South Korea, spent his formative years following his parents as they repeatedly moved between Japan and South Korea, and received his BFA from Tama Art University Japan. Since 2014 he has been based in New York City where his art activity spans diverse formats and events.
The whole body of Lee’s work shares the core concept of DigiAna which refers to questioning the relation between digital and analog. His works are thus expressed in various styles and media including painting, performance, AR and VR, installation, and video art. The underlying point of Lee’s work is not so-called digital or media art or traditional analog art, but rather it is this concept of DigiAna: exploration of the digital-analog relationship. This exploration is necessarily manifest in a variety of styles and artistic media amid contemporary digital technology in the context of everyday society, and concerns our lives and our physical as well as spiritual well-being.
Lee is the organizer of DigiAna Group, a collective of artists unified as a movement around the DigiAna concept. The DigiAna group holds regular exhibitions and events with its members, based locally in New York and in other locations around the world.
Seungjin Lee was honored in 2022 as a Creatives Rebuild New York grant recipient.