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Washington Square Park will present a site-specific public art piece by performance and installation artist Ujin Lee on June 19, 2012, the artist’s fifth collaborative project with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for its Art in the Parks program.

The new project, Saṃsāra, continues a theme that Lee has been exploring in the past several years, mixing performance and public participation with installation in her large-scale site-specific projects. She regards her performances as an extension of her installations into time and space and views herself an intermediary of a flowing continuum.

In Saṃsāra, Lee will create a performance at the Arch plaza with a structured grouped installation in a linear configuration that consists of over 300 cylindrical sculptures made of ramie cloths and thread. Viewers will then be invited to take a piece of the work home, contributing to the slow disappearance of the installation throughout the day.

The performance and installation viewing will take place from 12 pm to 4 pm, followed by the public participation session.

This interdisciplinary project is rooted in the artist’s investigation and study of expanding the ways in which everything in this world is connected in a perpetual circle of continuous flow. Saṃsāra is the cycle of birth, life, death, rebirth, or reincarnation within Hinduism, Buddhism, and most other Indian religions. Lee interprets this concept through her work in modern parlance using objects, places, people, and possessions, but stays true to the original meaning of the word which referred to a process of continuous pursuit or flow of life.

Ujin Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and currently lives and works in New York City. She received her M.F.A. from Ohio State University and B.F.A. from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea. She was recently commissioned by AT&T to present a performance piece at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park in New York City in 2011. Another 2011 project, Tie the knots, untie the knots, was supported by the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. Additional past site-specific projects include 17x17 squares at Thomas Paine Park in New York City (2011); Bojagi: Empty is not empty. Full is not full I. at Washington Square Park (2010) and Bojagi: Empty is not empty. Full is not full II. commissioned by Howl Festival in New York City (2010). Her solo and group exhibitions include shows at Neo Gallery, Ohio; Space Womb Gallery, New York; Korean Cultural Service, New York; and Seoul Art Center-Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul.

Saṃsāra is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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Arch Plaza Fifth Avenue at Waverly Place
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Dates / Times
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:00 PM

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