Seung-Min Lee

Seung (pronounced Sing) Min Lee (born South Korea, lives and works in Brooklyn) utilizes video, performance, painting, and collage in biting social commentaries that explore the human costs of our technological hybridity. She has earned degrees from Harvard and the Hunter College MFA program in Manhattan. She has performed most recently at Luxembourg and Dayan, Artists Space and Books, Regina Rex, David Lewis Gallery, Interstate Projects and been a featured artist in dis magazine. As a recipient of a 2014-15 Franklin Furnace Fund Award, to support emerging, avant-garde art,“ especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content” she mounted a project called Sing's Millennium Mart in 2015 where she created a post-apocalyptic Korean deli in the basement of the Bushwick gallery.

Sing’s Millennium Mart at Interstate Projects was reviewed by Martha Schwendener of the New York Times.  Ms. Schwendener describes the particular environment Seung created for a series of performances and collaborative efforts,  “Ms. Lee’s is a humorous, sometimes political, sometimes poetic take on the minimart. (And it’s in a gallery basement rather than a storefront.) There are vacuum­ sealed packages of homemade kimchi kale chips and candy made with herbal concoctionsÍž eerily colored tapioca balls (for bubble tea) and nutritional capsules filled with glitter and ginkgo biloba. A wall of edible plants growing in plastic bottles, conceived in collaboration with Simone Frazier, provides a living salad bar. Water bottles filled with tap water brought in from Detroit are being sold to fund the Detroit Water Project, which helps pay the overdue utility bills of Detroit residents facing water shut­offs. Contributions by Jonathan Butt, Arkadiy Ryabin, Mores McWreath, Amanda Turner Pohan and others include a poetry chapbook, vegetables cast in concrete and benches built like fruit stand shelves.”