Blond Jenny is a painter, photographer and performance artist based in New York City. Her artworks portrays the story of the two sides of her life between South Korea and the United States.

Her artwork is the manifestation of her desires, emotions and wishes. When she moved to New York from Seoul, she grew nostalgic for her life in Korea. When she first bonded with her neighbors, she used that opportunity to create art about her new life, friends, and family. Her work continues to express the duality of her existence in America with influence from Korea or other happy places she dreams up in her mind all centered around her character Blond Jenny.

She has shown at the Photography Department of the Padova Art Fair, Clio Art Fair, Spectrum Miami Art Show, and Nabi Museum of the Arts. Her work has also been selected for the following shows: Hipster & Otaku Photography Exhibition CICA Museum; Trending: Contemporary Art Now; Target Gallery for the Women’s Caucus for Art exhibition; Me, My Selfie and I Exhibition Hudson Guild Gallery; Duality of Feminine and Feminist Exhibition; Gallery 66; NCWCA-sponsored “F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way” Exhibition, Arc Gallery; and digital display Dreamers Collection Exposure Award, Louvre Museum, Paris France.

Artist Statement

As a child growing up in Seoul, Korea, my parents didn’t let me play with dolls. I was in love with the doll like blonde hair Japanese characters I saw on TV but never had the plastic toys that all my schoolmates had. So, I drew my own characters then made cut outs of my drawings to play with in place of the dolls I couldn’t have. My favorite character was Jenny, a blonde haired cartoon with big eyes. Eventually I made a mask and was able to become my own life sized doll, Blond Jenny. I used her as a way to escape my fears and tell my stories.

Moving to New York in 2012 was the biggest decision of my life and I quickly became nostalgic for Korea. Since then my artwork is a dichotomy between my memories of Korea and my new life in America. I’ve been using both photography and painting to convey imagery that consists of true and false, reality and fiction.

My recent work is focused on nature, women’s rights, and American politics. I’m using video and self photography with mix media to expand the range of expression in my photography.

 

BORN            Seoul, South Korea

LIVE/WORK   New York
EDUCATION  Gachon university,  Korea  Master & Bachelor degree/ Fine Art
RESIDENCY
2017 July- Aug  Brooklyn Brush Studio
ART FAIRS
2016 
Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2015
Padova Art Fair, Padova Italy
Clio Art Fair, New York
2014
Spectrum Miami Art Show, Florida
MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
2015
Nabi Museum of the Arts show, New York

2010
Summer, Seoul Museum, Korea

AWARD EXHIBITIONS

2017
Luminous, Jouror Danielle Fox, Slate Contemporary Gallery, Oakland, Arc Gallery, San Francisco

Bushwick’s Seeking Space Show, Beyond Studios, New York

Me, My Selfie and I, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York

Super Woman, 107 Bowers Gallery, New Jersey 

Duality of Feminine and Feminist, Juror Karen Gutfreund, Gallery 66, New York

Nasty Women, Knockdown Gallery, New York 

2016
NCWCA-sponsored “F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way”, Juror Shannon Rose Riley,  Arc Gallery, San Francisco

Call For Bushwick, The Internat, Juror:Benjamin Krause, Sandro Bos,i, Jeanne Brasile, Colin Darke,  and John Seed, Brooklyn, New York

Feminism Media Artivist Biennale, Igong Changjak house Shin, Seoul, Korea

Vision: An Artist’s Perspective, Kaleid Gallery for the Gutfreund Cornett Art and UniteWomen.org exhibition, Juror: Suzanne Gray and Michelle Nye, San Jose,  CA

A Curious Reality: Exploring the Mythos of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, & Gaming, Jurors: Aaron Miller & Mike Rea, Union Street Gallery, Chicago

Hipster & Otaku Photography Exhibition, CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do Korea

Trending: Contemporary Art Now, Target Gallery for the Women’s Caucus for Art exhibition, Juror: Elizabeth K. Garvey, Virginia

2015
CICA Museum’s Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Gyeonggi-do Korea

RE:ARTISTE International Art Organization, Show Your World. Selected as competitor, New York

Transforming: Street Objects from Your Street to Main Street. Brooklyn, New York

Digital display. Dreamers Collection Exposure Award, Louvre Museum, Paris France

Working Artists Show, Academic Gallery, New York

2014
The Dream by The Seed , Chashama Gallery, New York

1996
University art award, Bronze. Awarded by the Gungook University, Seoul Korea

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Leonardo Rossi Studio, New York

2013 Berkeley Gallery, New York

2009 Charaple, Seoul Korea

2008 Charaple, Seoul Korea

2003 Brainfactory, Seoul Korea

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Multi Lane II, Demouzy Contemporary Gallery, New York
Heroes Last Waltz International Group Show, Charaple Gallery, New York 

2016
Love Exhibition, Karas Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Potluck Art Party “Eat, Drink and Celebrate Art”, Charaple, New York

Six Years Anniversary Exhibition, Dacia Gallery, New York

Pop up show, K&P Gallery, New York

Engagement & Entrapment exhibition, Gaia Gallery, Seoul,  Korea

Land scapes & City scapes, Dacia Gallery, New York

2015
Salonukah,Trestle Gallery, New York

Artists Donate in record numbers for AIDS Exhibition, Compass, Miami Florida

Prize Mantovart-star 2015, Mantova Italy

Digital display, Dreamers Collection Spectrum Miami Art Show, Florida

Open Call, Lorimoto, New York

ARTichoke, Townhall, New York

MOCA Gallery Night at Yellow Rose Gallery, Madison Wisconsin

LoveWins show RCB Gallery, Miami Florida

Last Dance at the Old Gem, New York

The beautiful foundation USA Gala, Marriott At Glenpointe, New Jersey

Luhring Augustine, Postcards from The Edge, New York

SIA Gallery, The Artists, New York

2014
Who are you Famalicão?, The Town hall of Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal

ARTichoke,Townhall, New York

8 Holes, Studio 481 Gallery, Piermont, New York

8 Holes, Town hall, New York

Sainte Chapelle Online workshop, Italy

Making a Mark, Oms Gallery, BBCN Bank, New York

Green Point Gallery group exhibit, New York

2013
Group exhibit, Yegam Gallery, New York

2011
Pop Seiren, Ben James, Seoul Korea

Character Replay, Anthracite, Seoul Korea

2008
Final cross energy wave, Charaple, Seoul Korea

Benefit Show_ Brain Factory, Seoul Korea

2006
Street art Festival, Seoul Korea

Kyoungwon University Gallery, Seoul Korea

2005
Thinkthink Gallery, Seoul Korea

Gallery Flower, Seoul KoreaThe 7th Seoul Fringe Festival, Seoul Korea

Survival, Pool Gallery, Seoul Korea

2003
Sicaf, Seoul Korea

Seoul Animation Center, Seoul Korea

A4 Art for No War, Cafe Siwol, Seoul Korea

1997
Seokyoung Gallery, Seoul Korea

1996
Kyougwon 96, Unhyungung Gallery, Seoul Korea

Group show, Seokyoung Gallery, Seoul Korea

LECTURES & OTHERS

Current NCWCA Member 

2015- current BT Art, New York Art & Design lecture

2007- current Gallery Charaple

2014- 2015    Long Island Conservatory, New York Art & Design Lecture

2015             Elmont Memorial High School, New York Visiting Artist Lecture

2003- 2011    Gachon University, Korea Drawing Lecture and Contemporary Art Lecture

2001- 2011     Hwangguemboonhal Art Institute Art& Design

1999-2001     Yuna Art Institute Art Lecture