Absence Without Leave
Artist(s)/Author(s): Kang Seung Lee
Format: Book
Keywords: Kang Seung Lee
Number of Pages: 26
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-9985006-1-4
Date Published/Produced: 3/2017
Date Aired/Exhibited: 3/4/2017
City Produced/Published: Los Angeles
Reference Number: ST.26816.Se
Location: Stacks
Acquisition Date: 3/22/2017

Kang Seung Lee's exhibition Absence without leave employs various display methods: scanned and enlarged photographs of drawings, printed fabric draped in the form of a chair, a framed drawing hung on a mural. Each image conjures the departed through absence. Lee has altered and redrawn iconic representations of male bodies in public and domestic spaces documented by photographers. In some photographs, the bodies remain anonymous (work by Alvin Baltrop, Leonard Fink, and William Yang); others profess an intimacy with their subject (portrait of David Wojnarowicz by Peter Hujar and Martin Wong by Peter Bellamy) or are examples of the artist’s oeuvre (Isaac Julien’s film noir staircase and Robert Mapplethorpe’s self-portrait).


JK, 3.22.2017

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