John Hee Taek Chae: Barbara Ritzman Devereux Visiting Artist Exhibition
UNF Gallery at MOCA Jacksonville
February 3, 2015
- April 24, 2015
John Hee Taek Chae (b. 1988) is an artist who lives and works in New York City. Chae has lived half of his life in South Korea and the other half in the United States. His interest in anime, abstraction, Pop art, ukiyo-e, early Renaissance art, and two-dimensional illusion establishes a visual matrix within which he narrates a personal
cross-cultural experience. His process combines a wide range of techniques and media to form a unique visual style.
Chae is featured in the sixth annual Barbara Ritzman Devereux Visiting Artist Workshop at the University of North Florida. The workshop supplements traditional academic and applied art instruction by providing students the opportunity to work with distinguished artists that represent a broad range of visual media.
“The works in this show are a meditation on family history, cultural identity, immigration, religion, and nostalgia,” Chae said. “I bring
this wide net of influences and concerns together through a process
of layering, sanding, sewing, framing, and compartmentalizing.
Each piece is an attempt to piece together fractured stories that have been passed sparingly from one generation of my family to the next. These stories of loss, prayer, ambition, and redemption, serve as inspiration as I attempt to locate myself within a legacy of crossing national, cultural, and religious borders.The often laborious process behind each work is a means for me to bridge the gaps within a narrative where much has been left unsaid and weave a sense of connection to experiences I feel estranged from.”