Posted on April 14, 2018

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) Artist in Residence Leekyung Kang will present an exhibition titled, “Transition in Unknown Territory; Panic Architecture” at the Art29 Gallery at the W Doha Hotel. The opening reception will take place on April 17 at 6pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will run until May 7.

Kang, who is originally from South Korea, focuses on pictorial elements in her work, usually in an architectural context with a linear perspective, with the gradual transformation of three-dimensional forms that challenge the perception of space. She has participated in several residencies in the US, Middle East and South Korea and her work has been exhibited in New York, Providence, and Boston.

Kang, a graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, has been navigating the structural framework and “bone/skeleton” of infrastructure in urban landscapes since 2014. By exploring spatial surfaces, such as construction sites and scaffolding structures, Kang leverages architectural imagery with mixed media. She has recently been seeking to uncover the unseen space, which is present, but never fully revealed. Kang says her work “is about creating the illusion of dimensions by capturing the unseen space that exists between the second and third dimensions in architecture through traditional mediums and digital installations.”

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“When I was walking down the street, I suddenly wondered what lies underneath me? I am standing on the surface of “reality.” That is, on the street or ground. However, when my imagination turns to the subterranean space, I imagine a layered thickness, an accumulated mapping of endless histories, time, spaces, transitions, and so on. Beneath me exists compressed layers of life, of which we may, or may not be aware”, she said. “We are very proud of the success of our Artist in Residency program. This initiative creates a platform for artists to flourish beyond creativity and as well as take their passion to the next level. The contributions we bring to the field of art and design has made a tremendous impact by uncovering new ways to advance our mission, educate our students and progress our work locally, regionally and internationally” said Donald N. Baker, Ph.D, executive dean of VCUarts Qatar.

Art 29 has been established to inspire and nurture creativity by showcasing the works of emerging local, regional and international artists, and previously featured prominent Qatari names including Ahmed Bin Majed Al Maadheed, the artist behind the iconic “Tamim-al-Majid” portrait, Abdulwahed Al-Mawlawi; Lulu M who is a self-taught artist recognized for her minimalist abstract compositions; and Fahad Al Obaidly regularly addressing issues of “identity crisis” in his work. The gallery has also played host to the works of VCUarts Qatar students. “Transition in Unknown Territory; Panic Architecture” at the Art29 Gallery at the W Doha Hotel will run from April 17 to May 7. The opening reception will take place on April 17 at 6pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Art 29 is open every day from 9am to 6pm.

For more information about VCUarts Qatar, please visit http://www.qatar.vcu.edu

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