Currents 108: Won Ju Lim
April 11–July 27, 2014
Galleries 250 and 301


Artist Won Ju Lim, this year's Freund Fellow, creates conceptually intriguing large-scale installations incorporating video projections along with sculpture, photography, and drawings. Her work merges an engagement with architecture, the specificity of place, and an interest in memory and the past. For example her compelling 2010 installation, Baroque Pet Shop, was based on research she conducted on the Baroque architecture of various European cities such as Munich, St. Petersburg, and Vienna. She then paired such imagery with that of a particular pet shop in the Highland Park neighborhood where she lives in Los Angeles.

In this exhibition, Lim presents new work inspired by another specific place–her own house. Past interactions with an intrusive neighbor (now deceased) have shaped her investigation into the intersection of public and private spaces. Drawing from autobiographical experiences, Lim addresses the physical and psychological invasion of the private space of her home as well as the paranoia and anxiety that motivated such incursions. The exhibition, subtitled "Raycraft Is Dead," includes video, sculpture, works on paper, and photography.

Born in 1968 in South Korea, Won Ju Lim received her MFA in 1998 from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Lim has shown in solo exhibitions at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2008), Honolulu Academy of Arts (2006), and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (2002), among others. She has also been featured in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2013), the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009), ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany (2005), and the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2002), among others. She has received various awards, such as the Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship (2007) and the Philip Morris Visual Artist Grant (2000).

Curated by Tricia Y. Paik, associate curator of modern and contemporary art, Currents 108: Won Ju Lim will be on view in Galleries 250 and 301 from April 11 through July 27, 2014. This presentation is generously supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund.