konodamazo.com jung ji "masa" lee
" i won't hurt you, but you might get hurt.
i won't please you,
but you might be pleased
the door is here. the key is in your hand.
everything is up to you
in plain world........."

biography

JUNG JI LEE
AKA; MASAYUKI LEE


Education
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, USA
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Santa Monica Collage, Santa Monica, CA, USA A.A. Degree
TEIKYO University, HACHIOUJI, TOKYO, JAPAN
Bachelor of Economics

artist statement

Kondomozo and Ubume are two characters that I invented. They serves as my surrogate self, a synthesis of Korean and Japanese cultures, a metaphor for the meeting of opposites, and the border that separates them. While one may interpret this characters as a reflection of a variety of ideas and aesthetics particular to Asian experiences and identities, Kondomozo and Ubume are primarily a response to the racism I faced as a bi-racial person. I wanted to create a creature who is culturally flexible and who personifies self-acceptance.

The universe that Kondomozo and Ubume inhabit is constructed from conscious and subconscious drawings, doodles, text and maps. The palette is inspired by cave paintings.
Kondomozo and Ubume's simple shape is repeated and juxtaposed against a chaotic, drawn environment. Kondomozo and Ubume act as a smooth-skinned, nearly-featurless guide, in a wildly unpredictable and marred universe.

I find inspiration in the work of several artists and the aesthetics of many cultural movements. These influences include: Jean-Michel Basquiat; On Kawara; Yoshitomo Nara; Inka Essenhigh; Mark Manders; Laura Owens; Suh Do-ho; Cy Twombly; Julie Mehrets; Andy Warhol; Jackson Pollock; Gustav Klimt; Noh Theater; Japanese YOUKAI story with Natsuhiko Kyougoku works; KOTODAMA; Super Flat-Takashi Murakami; Otaku culture and Mandala painting.

I believe that everyone perceives themselves—in some way—as a minority of sorts. It is my hope that Kondomozo and Ubume may act as an ambassador of “Other-ness” and that people of all backgrounds will feel at home with them, or curious about them.

Exhibitions & Commissions
Mar. 2016 The Foolish Game, Gallery 825

Nov. 2015 Chestnut, Gallery 825

Sept. 2015 Juried echibition #7 2013 winner, Artslant

Sept. 2015 An Odyssey, Torrance Art Museum

Jul. 2015 Osmosis, wallspace

Jan. 2015 6th Annual Drawing Discourse Exhibition, S. Tucker Gallery

Jul. 2014 Synthesis, wallspace

Oct. 2013, Pop-up art loop

Aug 2013 Juried echibition #7 2013 winner, Artslant

May. 2013 Affordable art, Spacewomb gallery

Mar. 2012 group show, Wall space LA

Jan. 2012 tandem show, LA artcore

Dec. 2011 South Bay Focus,Torrance Art Museum

Dec. 2011 Art-ful SoirEe, Rheeway gallerie

Apr. 2011 2011 Juried exhibition #2 2011, Artslant

Mar. 2011 A dynamic approach, rheeway gallerie

Feb. 2011 for the love of art, the happening gallery

Oct. 2010 Pasadena Artwalk 2010

Sept.2010 Juried exhibition, DAC gallery

Jun. 2010 Juried exhibition #1 2010, Artslant

May. 2010 group show, revisiting beauty, OCCCA

Jan. 2010 2010 Juried exhibition #1 2010

Jun. 2009 Group show in Infusion gallery

Aug. to Oct. 2008 solo show, chop chop gallery

July. 2008 tandem show with Kazumi Tanaka, sculpture, LA artcore

Jun. 2008 Group show in Hangar gallery

May. 2007 We Love Liberty, Gallery Brown

Apr. 2007 Nippon Steel competition part 2

Feb. 2007 Around the Coyote Winter Festival 2007

Feb. 2007 Nippon Steel competition part 1

Jan. 2007 Open Painting 2007 exhibition, Providence art club

Jan. 2007 The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Mural Competition, American Youth Hostels

May 2006 The Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 2 SAIC

Awards
Sept. 2015 Juried echibition #7 2013 winner, Artslant

Jan. 2010 Juried exhibition #1 2010 winner, Artslant

Jan.2007 Open Painting 2007 exhibition, Second Place Prize, Providence Art Club