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S: Leeah Joo window paintings

FC: Leeah Joo window paintings

1: Leeah Joo Window Paintings (2009 - 2010) on cover - everything in rosy (2010) 36x36 inches, oil on canvas

2: matetacoke (2010) 30x30 inches, oil on canvas

3: accidentally on purpose (2010) 30x30 inches, oil on canvas

4: mutual incomprehension (2010) 30x30 inches, oil on canvas

5: dragonlady rising (2009) 30x30 inches, oil on canvas

6: something old and blue (2009) 30x30 inches, oil on canvas

7: brass city (2009) 30x30 inches, oil on canvas

8: bling drop (2010) 30x30 inches, oil on canvas

9: home, tomorrow (2009) 36x48 inches, oil on canvas

10: waiting for Edward (2009) 30x24 inches oil on canvas

11: waiting for Jacob (2009) 30x24 inches oil on canvas

12: all for the best (2009)24x30 inches, oil on canvas

13: cincher (2009)30x40 inches, graphite on paper

14: Leeah Joo ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS 2009 Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania 2009 Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee 2008 Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas 2007 Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2005 DePauw University, Peeler Art Center, Greencastle, Indiana 2005 Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2003 Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas 2003 Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas 2002 Dennis Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri 2000 Michael Cross Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri 1999 Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas 1999 Michael Cross Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri 1996 Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2010 Figurative Distance - Connecticut Commission on Arts Gallery, Hartford, CT 2010 Where Lies Beauty - Mattatuck Museum of Art and History, Waterbury, CT 2010 Art Chicago - Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 2010 Ripe - Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO 2009 New Selections - Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL 2008 Never Routine: Women in the Course of Their Daily Lives, Grace Institute, New York, NY 2008 Special Selections - Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL 2007 Here and There: Stories or Immigration - Artworks, New Bedford, MA 2006 Contemporary Asian Art 2006 - Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI 2006 Summer Selections - Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL 2004 Truth or Fiction - Overseas Korean Artist Exhibition, Hangarm Art Museum, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, S. Korea 2004 Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 2003 Landscape Unlimited - The Fine Arts Gallery, Chicago, IL 2002 The Perception of Appearance-A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing - Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA 2002 Gathering Influences - H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO 2002 New Talent - Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2001 Small Packages - Wood Street Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL 2001 Charlotte Street Fund Exhibition - H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO 1999 Supermarket 1999 - Lamar University, Beaumont, TX and Slop Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO 1998 Jan Weiner Gallery Group Exhibition, Prairie Village, KS 1998 Women in Visual Arts - Erector Gallery, New Haven, CT 1998 International Perspectives - University of New Haven, West Haven, CT 1997 Halpert Biennial - Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 1997 Connecticut Women Artists - University of Hartford, Hartford, CT 1996 New Talent - Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA 1996 Art of Northeast - Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT 1996 Figures and Space - Hamden Hall Gallery, Hamden, CT 1996 Painting Today - Erector Gallery, New Haven, CT 1994 Group Exhibition - Waldron Art Center, Bloomington, IN

15: EDUCATION 1996 - MFA Painting, Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut 1994 - BFA Painting, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 1994 - BA Art History, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana AWARDS 2008 Connecticut Commission of Culture and Tourism Artist Fellowship Grant 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 2004 George Sugarman Foundation Grant 2001 Charlotte Street Foundation Grant 1996 Helen W. Winternitz Award, Yale School of Art BIBLIOGRAPHY Tracy O'Shaughnessy, "Where Beauty Lies" Republic-American, June 29, 2010 Alan Artner, "Leeah Joo's Storytelling Works" Chicago Tribune, March 25, 2005 Teggi Moon, "Six Korean Artists Selected..." The Korea Times, October 7, 2004 "Korean Artists Distinguished Themselves" The Korea Daily, October 12, 2004 Mi-Jin Kim, "Review: Truth and Fiction" Seoul Art Center Magazine, August 2004 Dong-Hyun Yu, "Young Artists Reaction" Wolganmisool, August 2004 Yun-Mee Lee, Young Artists - Truth and Fiction, Herald Media, July 2004 Young-Jin Kim, "Adventures from Foreign Lands, Misulsegae, July 2004 Min-suk, Suh, "The Truth and Fiction in Art" Seoul Art Center Magazine, July 2004 Christopher Swetala, "Intimations through a Veiled Window"Review, Feb/Mar 2003:102. Alice Thorson, "Panes and Pleasures"Kansas City Star, December 13, 2002. Theresa Bembnister, "A Glass Act" Pitchweekly, December 5-11, 2002. Kate Hackman, "Charlotte Street Fund"Review, April 2001, Vol.3, No.6:14-15. Alice Thorson, "Winning Works" Kansas City Star, March 25, 2001:I-1 and I-3. Lisa Fanning, "Joo at Michael Cross" Review, November 2000, Vol.3, No. 1:41. Jan Marsh, "Faculty Show at Block" Review, October 2000, Vol.2, No.12. Elizabeth Kirsch, "A block party for creative versatility: Extraordinary diversity marks..." Kansas City Star, September 1, 2000. Christopher Leitch, "A Room with a View of One's Own" Review: News, Features and Art in KC May 1999, No.7: 18. Elisabeth Kirsch, "Cat Always Comes Back in: Paintings From the Attic" Kansas City Star: Preview April 18, 1999: 16-18. PUBLICATIONS 2007 "Charlotte Street Foundation, 10 Years", Kansas City, MO: Charlotte Street Foundation 2004 "Truth and Fiction, Young Korean Overseas Artists", Seoul, Korea: Seoul Art Center and Hangaram Art Museum 2002 "Perception of Appearance, A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing", Seattle, WA: Univ of Washington Press and Frye Art Museum 2000 "New Letters, A Magazine of Writing and Art", Vol 67, No.1, Kansas City, MO: University of Missouri-Kansas City

16: For centuries, to heighten the anticipation of the drama of a painting, artists have painted curtains as an internal frame near the edge of their canvas. These curtains served as a 'window' into the pictoral space. This practice is attributed to the story of a contest between two ancient Greek painters, Parrhasios and Zeuxis. Zeuxis exhibited a painting of grapes so realistic that a bird flew up to it. Then, Parrhasios exhibited a painting of a curtain. Realism so convincing that Zeuxis demanded the curtain be drawn to reveal the painting behind it. In the 17th Century, Vermeer, Maes and other Dutch Masters explored this idea by juxtaposing a trump-l’oeil technique of undulating drapery or curtain to address the flatness of the canvas over a carefully structured interior depicting great depth. In essence, my window paintings combine these painting traditions with my love for storytelling. I am drawn to all forms of narrative delivery and find inspirations in literature and cinema. The most poignant example articulating the richness of a window serving as a potent narrative framework is in “Rear Window” by Hitchcock. In the film, the character Jeff played by James Stewart, spends countless hours in front of a window, obsessed with his neighbors; our voyeuristic fascination is tempted and satiated with these built-in picture frames of a home. A poem by Charles Baudelaire called “Windows” eloquently summarizes my on-going fascination of sitting before a dark window at night, contemplating the scene unfolding on the glass. A man looking out of an open window never sees as much as the same man looking directly at a closed window. There is no object more deeply mysterious, no object more pregnant with suggestion, more insidiously sinister, in short more truly dazzling than a window lit up from within by even a single candle. What we can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what we can perceive taking place behind a pane of windowglass. In that pit, in that blackness or brightness, life is being lived, life is suffering, life is dreaming.... Leeah Joo

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