Si Jae Byun is AAC's new International Visiting Artist

Si Jae Byun, AAC Visiting Artist

Meet the artist: Si Jae Byun: On Silk
Saturday, June 2 from 1:30 to 3 pm

In a conversation with Exhibitions Coordinator Catherine Satterlee, Si Jae will explain how she paints on silk, and how these paintings relate to her video and installation work--and her story.

Artist Si Jae Byun will participate this spring in Arlington Arts Center's Visiting Artist Residency Program. Ms. Byun comes to Arlington from Seoul, South Korea, where she earned a BFA in painting and an MFA in the New Form in Visual Art from Kookmin University. She has also earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Ms. Byun works in video, drawing and installation media. According to the artist, her work "often revolves around personal and social experiences focusing on inner
conflicts," themes that are drawn out through the interactive nature of her pieces. Her current body of work focuses on relationships between nature and architecture and visually enlivens familiar structural forms with imagery reflective of human organs and other organic systems.

She has exhibited extensively in Korea and throughout the United States, including group exhibitions at Chelsea Art Gallery and the Bronx Museum, New York; Seoul City Museum and the Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea; and recently at MOCA DC.

The artist has also completed residencies in Korea and the U.S. These include programs at Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC and at Bronx Museum, New York, NY. For the past four years, Ms. Byun has been an instructor at several educational institutions in Korea.

From April 7 to June 30, 2012, Ms. Byun will work on current projects in AAC's Visiting Artist Studio while engaging with members of the Residency Program and inviting the public to view her work during Open Studios events, the next of which will be Friday, April 20 from 6 to 9 pm.