Young Joon Kwak

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Born 1984 in Queens, NY
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
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EDUCATION:
Master of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, Roski School of Art & Design.  2014
Master of Arts in the Humanities, University of Chicago.  2010
Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  2007


TEACHING:
Visiting Faculty, Performance for the Camera, California Institute of the Arts, Department of Fine Arts, Valencia, CA. Winter 2017
Temporary Lecturer, Intermediate Sculpture, University of California, San Diego, CA. Fall 2017
Visiting Faculty, Performance: Performing Objects, California Institute of the Arts, Department of Fine Arts, Valencia, CA. Winter 2017
Visiting Faculty, Video: Documenting: Performing Objects, California Institute of the Arts, Department of Fine Arts, Valencia, CA. Winter 2017


SOLO & COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS: 
The Cave, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), CA. 2018
Hermy, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA. 2017
Mutant Salon: Exorcises. Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA. 2016
Born Again [Again]. Satellite, Seoul, Korea. 2014
Mother Spill. Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA. 2014
Mutant Salon: Who Are Worth Our Love. Gayle & Ed Roski MFA Gallery, USC, Los Angeles, CA. 2014
Slow Dance (collaboration with Christopher Richmond). Gayle & Ed Roski MFA Gallery, USC, Los Angeles, CA. 2013
Mutant Salon: Beautython. Gayle & Ed Roski MFA Gallery, USC, Los Angeles, CA. 2012
Un-Body/Rite of Trans-Mortality . Happy Dog Gallery, Chicago, IL. 2012
Eating Without a Face. Roxaboxen Exhibitions, Chicago, IL. 2010
Tears From My Pussy. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. 2010


SELECT PERFORMANCES:
Burn Slow. The Box Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 2017
Where I am My Mother, Where My Mother is Me, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. 2017
Mutant Salon: Festival De Las Muertas. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. 2016
Xina Xurner. Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA. 2016
Free Mutant Salon: We Make Each Other Beautiful. The Broad, Los Angeles, CA. 2016
Xina Xurner. Pavillon Vendôme Centre d'Art Contemporain, Clichy, France. 
Attack Sustain Release Decay. Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 2015
N (enter) S (Collaborative performance with Morgan Lee Gerstmar). LACE, Los Angeles, CA. 2014
Mutant Salon. REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA. 2014
Xina Xurner & Narcissister.  Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 2014
Mutant Salon. CALARTS, Valencia, CA. 2014
Xina Xurner. ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL.  2011
Death Rites. Roxaboxen Exhibitions, Chicago, IL. 2010


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2018
All Hands on Deck, Ben Maltz Gallery, OTIS College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA.
2017                                                              
Body + Camera Festival, MANA Contemporary Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Ours Is A City Of Writers (curated by Suzanne Hudson, Simon Leung, James Nisbet), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2016
My Skin is My Krustle (Pink Marble). Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
24 Hour Charlies, Los Angeles, CA.
Mystery Theater Sports Bar. Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO.
Shapeshifters (curated by Tim Goosens). Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA.
(Signal) (curated by Alexis Heller). Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY.
FUCK! Loss, desire, pleasure. One National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, CA.
2015
Mystery Theater Sports Bar. Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA.
The Last Five Years. The Nightingale, Chicago, IL.
All The Instruments Agree. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
Make Over. Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA.
In a Plain Brown Wrapper (Ten-year retrospective exhibition of Chances Dances, curated by Oli Rodriguez). University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Outfest Platinum Showcase. REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA.
Et Autres Identités… Pavillon Vendôme Centre d'Art Contemporain, Clichy, France. 
AmazoNIGHT. Three Days Awake, Los Angeles, CA.
2014
The New [New] Corpse. Sector 2337, Chicago, IL.
Outfest Platinum Showcase. REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA.
2013
Demolition Woman. Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
Slippery Slope. Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2012
Suitable Video.  Regina Rex Gallery, New York, NY
All Good Things Become Wild & Free.  HF Johnson Gallery of Art, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. 
The Dragon is The Frame: Inspired by the Life and Work of Mark Aguhar. Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
2011
Space In, Space Out.  Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
My Own Worst Enemy: Portraits of Self-Multiplicity.  Milwaukee Ave. Art Fair, Chicago, IL
Please Touch the Artwork. Chicago, IL.
2010
Black & White & Read All Over. NP Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY.  
Objects & Personification.  Chicago Filmmakers.


AWARDS:
Emerging Artist Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York, NY. 2018
Art Matters Grant, Art Matters, New York, NY. 2016
Artist Community Engagement Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York, NY. 2016
Teaching Fellowship, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA. 2015
Neely Macomber Travel Prize, USC, Los Angeles, CA. 2014
3Arts Residency Fellowship, 3Arts Foundation, Chicago, IL. 2012
Critical Fierceness Grant, Chances Dances, Chicago, IL. 2011
Ox-Bow Scholarship for Sculptors, Joan Mitchell Foundation. 2011
Artist Project Grant, University of Chicago. 2010
Research Travel Grant, University of Chicago. 2010
CAAP (Community Arts Assistance Program) Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL. 2008
Bergen County Artists’ Guild Award, Department of Parks, Hackensack, NJ. 2002


LECTURES & PANELS:
Panelist, Artistic & Curatorial Strategies of Activism, Representation, & Collective Space, The  Feminist Art Project Convening, MOCA LA, CA. 2018
Visiting Art Lecturer, CALARTS, Valencia, CA. 2017
Visiting Art Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA. 2017
Panelist, Contemporary Sculpture Panel, International Sculpture Conference, Kansas City, MO. 2017
Visiting Artist Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA. 2017
Guest Lecturer, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. 2017
Guest Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles, CA. 2016
Guest Lecturer, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA. 2016
Panel Moderator, The Limits of Sculpture (Panel with Suzanne Hudson & Megan Luke). USC, Los Angeles, CA 2013
Guest Lecturer, Contemporary Art Workshop. University of Chicago, IL. 2010


WRITINGS:
“Mark Aguhar.” Brooklyn Rail. July – Aug, 2016.
http://www.brooklynrail.org/2016/07/criticspage/mark-aguhar
“Salon Talk: A Conversation with Patrick Jackson.” Bad at Sports. September 17, 2013
“Salon Talk: A Conversation with Michael Ned Holte.” Bad at Sports. July 9, 2013

RESIDENCIES:
Summer Artist-In-Residence, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), CA. 2018
Ragdale Residency, Lake Forest, IL. 2012                                         
Ox-Bow Fall Arts Residency, Saugatuck, MI. 2011
Harold Arts Residency, Chesterhill, OH. 2011
ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Steuben, WI. 2010


SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:
"Critic's Pick: Young Joon Kwak." Jeanne Dreskin, Artforum. 2018
https://www.artforum.com/picks/all-hands-on-deck-74224
"Critic's Pick: “All Hands on Deck." Meg Whiteford, Artforum. 2017
https://www.artforum.com/picks/id=68709
"5 Art Shows to See in L.A. This Week." Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly. 2017
http://www.laweekly.com/arts/5-free-art-shows-to-see-in-la-this-week-7918163
“Summer Happening at the Broad: Mutant Salon Saved the Evening.” Yxta Maya Murray, Artillery. 2016
http://artillerymag.com/summer-happening-broad/
“In ‘Shapeshifters’, Artists Explore the Always-Fluid World of Identity.” Alicia Eler, Crave Online. 2016
http://www.craveonline.com/art/1004951-shapeshifters-artists-explore-always-fluid-world-identity
“Mutating The Broad with Mutant Salon” Alicia Eler, Crave Online. 2016
http://www.craveonline.com/art/1004905-mutating-broad-mutant-salon
“Art that Slows Down How We Assess Gender.” Zachary Small, Hyperallergic. 2016
http://hyperallergic.com/288231/art-that-slows-down-how-we-assess-gender/
 “Review: Mutant Salon at Commonwealth & Council.” Sharon Mizota, LA Times. 2016
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-mutant-salon-at-commonwealth-council-20160201-story.html
“Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Week.” Víctor Albarracín, Terremoto. 2016
http://terremoto.mx/art-los-angeles-contemporary-art-week-2016param/
“9 Truly Avant-Garde Musicians You Should Add To Your Playlist Right Now.” Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post. 2015
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/all-the-instruments-agree-hammer-museum_us_56019409e4b08820d91a5706
“Review: Makeover.” Mary Anne Kluth, Art Practical. 2015
http://www.artpractical.com/review/makeover/
“Young Joon Kwak’s Trans/Feminine Visions.” Alicia Eler, Hyperallergic. 2014
Mutant Salon/Xina Xurner interview with Carol Cheh & John Tain, Performance Now, KCHUNG. 2013
“Review: Young Joon Kwak & Josh Minkus at Happy Dog Gallery.” A-J Aronstein, New City. 2012
“In Flux Samples: An Interview with Young Joon Kwak.”  Caroline Picard, Art21. 2011
“Young Joon Kwak and Doomsday.”  Caroline Picard, Lantern Daily. 2010