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Jack Hanley Gallery Sept 6 - Oct 7 2018

Jack Hanley Gallery is excited to present Access To Tools, Maia Ruth Lee’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Lee’s work addresses the economy of language, new lexicon, alphabets and their transposition into systems of signs and symbols. Like language itself, her work combines structure and practicality with implicit subtleties that shape her own visual vocabulary in a range of mediums.

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Auspicious Glyphs are a series of wrought iron wall sculptures reconstructed from found scraps that are isolated and combined into a glossary of glyphs. The decorative elements are originally used to embellish structures that secure boundaries, adorning fences and window bars around New York City. In the accompanying chart Nine Glyph-Tools for Self-Defense, the lexicographical notion of glyphs is further transformed into a practical set of tools that can activate a mental self-defense to protect oneself against their own fear, sorrow or jealousy.

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Bondage Baggage is a series of sculptures based on Lee’s observation and documentation of luggage at the Kathmandu International Airport in Nepal over the past five years. About a third of Nepal’s GDP is generated through Nepalese migrant workers who carry out labor in the Gulf and Malaysia. Upon return to their country, they frequently bring back valuable goods like electronics or clothes with them, disguised in a unique way to protect their newly acquired valuables from possible theft at the airport security. Wrapped and bound with variously colored tarp, rope and tapes, the meticulously packaged luggages combine practicality and creativity while carrying their own personal stories through space and time.

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Lee’s video projection The Stranger shows footage of her father’s documentation of Nepal in the late Eighties. His tapes survey the environment that Lee and her family trekked through for his linguistic research of the villagers in the Himalayan area. In the second part of the video, 25 years later, Lee continues his survey, accompanying her father’s early contemplations with her own journal entries.

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Prototypes I & II , Size variable, tarp, tape, rope, fabric, Courtesy of L'inconnue Gallery 2018

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Maia Ruth Lee is an artist and educator. In 1983, Lee was born in Busan, South Korea. Lee's parents were Christian missionaries. Lee grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal. Lee has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. Lee also studied at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada.

As an artist, Lee has exhibited her art in New York, Los Angeles, and Montreal. Lee's first solo exhibition was at Eli Ping Frances Perkins in New York. In 2017, while Lee was pregnant, she modeled for fashion brand Eckhaus Latta's spring 2018 show. Lee is a director at the arts-focused non-profit group Wide Rainbow. In September 2018 to October 2018, Lee held a solo exhibition of her sculpture pieces at Jack Hanley Gallery. In February 2019, Lee was selected by curators Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta as a participating artist in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, opening in May 2019 at the Whitney Museum Of American Art in New York City.

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Hyundai Motor showcased three mobility solutions for the future - Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV) and Hub, a place for mobility transfer and community activities.

Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled its innovative vision for urban mobility at CES 2020, for vitalizing human-centered future cities. To envision this future, Hyundai Motor showcased three mobility solutions for the future – Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV), and Hub, a place for mobility transfer and community activities. Based on these mobility solutions, Hyundai aims to free future cities and people from constraints of time and space and allow them to create more value in their lives.

Hyundai's innovative future mobility vision- Smart Mobility Solution Provider for Human-Centered Cities at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) in Las Vegas.

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The company’s innovation plan ‘Strategy 2025’ to shift to its business structures is followed by this vision. It is based on two pillars – ‘Smart Mobility Device’ and ‘Smart Mobility Service’. These two would lead to three key directions that the company has defined: enhancing profitability in internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, securing leadership in vehicle electrification, and laying the groundwork for a platform-based business.

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Hyundai Motor has appointed Dr. Shin Jai-won as head of its newly established UAM Division back in September. Shin has served at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). His team will create a new form of mobility utilizing air space to drastically reduce transit time. “For our smart mobility solutions, we considered what truly matters in cities and people’s lives. Hyundai Motors will revitalize cities by removing urban boundaries, giving people time to pursue their goals, and creating a diverse community,” said Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group.

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Hub is a new mobility space connecting air-based UAM and ground-based PBV.

The third mobility solution, Hub, is an innovative new community space that connects air-based UAM and ground-based PBV. The Hub has a Skyport for the PAV on the top and docking stations on the ground for the PBV to approach and depart from multiple directions, just like a space shuttle docking with a space station.

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Communication can be difficult when cultural and historical backgrounds are so distanced. A Korean grandmother and her German granddaughter try to work it out.

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graduation film at Royal College of Art 2018


Sound Design and Mixing: Edward A Guy

Writer: Lydia Rynne, Dal Park

Actors Neighbours: Eunju Ara Choi, Sunny Sun-A Kim, Eunji Choi

Coloring Assistant: Alix Bortoli, Camille Gibut, Dana-Mari Tarakchieva, Terri Broughton, Tianhua Lin, Tom Salo, Shiran Shu, Brogan Bertie, Jia Li, Mariana Leal, Grete Ly Valing, Fazilet Akbaba, Jonathan Kan, Inadas Ait-Ferral, Fabian Wong, Zehong Zhu

DAL PARK is a German animation artist, director and illustrator based in Berlin since 2020. BA Communication Design, Munich University of Applied Sciences (2014) MA Animation, Royal College of Art (2018)

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