Jaewook Lee is an artist, writer, amateur scientist, semi-philosopher, and sometime curator. Lee is the founder and director of Mindful Joint (http://mindfuljoint.com), an annual symposium that focuses on non-hierarchical knowledge sharing in contemporary art. Lee speculates how humans encounter nature beyond our linguistic understanding. Lee interacts with nature, using multiple senses such as sight, sound, touch, and smell. He is interested in how theses senses affect to each other in our brain or what is called synesthesia. Using a range of media such as installation, video, drawing, and performance, Lee creates environments that defamiliarize our general sense of our surrounding.
Lee is the recipient of awards such as the 4th SINAP (Sindoh Artist Support Program) and the SeMA Emerging Artists and Curators Supporting Program by Seoul Museum of Art. Lee has participated in exhibitions, talks, performances, and screenings at such venues as Art Sonje Center in Seoul (2017), the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2017), the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju (2016), the Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul (2015), NURTUREart in Brooklyn (2014), the Museo Juan Manuel Blanes in Montevideo (2014), MANIFESTA 9 parallel event in Hasselt (2012), the Chelsea Art Museum in New York (2011), and the Coreana Museum in Seoul (2006), among others. Lee is currently appointed faculty at the University of Chicago and the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City.