Pillow Talk (Mask for MASC) IV

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Korean silk, synthetic cotton stuffing, oil paint


16 ½” x 9” x 3”


Pillow Talk (Mask for Masc) is a series that originated from my recent trips back to Seoul, and discovering what sexuality means in a still conservative and patriarchal society. In contemporary Korean popular culture, masculinity is extremely androgynous and there is a lot of play with gender that occurs - particularly amongst Korean pop stars. Make-up is unisex, and Korean males develop very intimate relationships with one another, particularly through a shared military service. Despite all this fluidity, Korean society tightens up the moment sexuality is talked about: Gays simply do not exist in Korea. Each of the "pillows" I make borrow their design from Korean facial masks, which are popular amongst both men and women in the cosmetic community. And each pillow created stems from an encounter I had with a Korean man while I visited Seoul - the distinctions in each piece specific to each person, and discerning to my eyes only. The sculptures are a result of having nights of conversation with these men -about their self-perceived heterosexuality and Korean social views towards sexuality.

About this Artist

Timothy Lee

Timothy Lee

Timothy Hyunsoo Lee is a multidisciplinary visual artist born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in New York City. He received his B.A. in Neuroscience, Biology and Studio Art from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and his MFA in computational arts from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK). Working across mediums, and exploring universal concerns that emerged from personal experiences, Timothy’s works have been exhibited widely at venues such as the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC), the Orlando Museum of Art (Orlando, FL), the Studio Museum (New York), The Wallach Art Gallery of Columbia University (New York), The National YoungArts Foundation Gallery (Miami, FL) and La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain). He has done public art projects with the MTA Arts & Design and for the 2018 India Art Fair’s ARTPROJECTS program. His works are included in private and public collections around the world, including Facebook (Seattle, WA, USA), The MTA Arts…
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