Hee Jin Kang, "Untitled", from the series "No Sleep", 2009-2010, archival inkjet print, 18x14 1/2"

Hee Jin Kang, “Untitled”, from the series “No Sleep”, 2009-2010, archival inkjet print, 18×14 1/2″

Hee Jin Kang

“No Sleep” is a series of photographs of abandoned mattresses found throughout New York City, primarily in Brooklyn. The beds are sometimes seedy and sometimes luminous, pathetic, monolithic and architectural, strange, out-of-place, and totally banal. I’m interested in how these mattresses evince all those things we do on them – sleep, dream, make love – and how by dumping them onto the streets of New York, very private lives are brought out into the light.

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Hee Jin Kang received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art in London in 2002 and her BA in English Literature from Yale University in 1996. Kang’s work has been shown nationally and in the United Kingdom, with exhibitions hosted by the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL), Culturgest (Lisbon, Portugal), Galerie de l’École Régionale des Beaux Arts (Nantes, France), Shine Gallery, Hayward Gallery (both in London, UK), the International Center of Photography, and Sotheby’s (both in NYC). Kang has been awarded grants by the New York Foundation for the Arts and National Magazine Company, among others. Her work has been published in Blindspot, New York Magazine, Monthly Photo, Nueva Luz, and Art Review. A fine art and editorial photographer based in Brooklyn, NY, her client list includes New York Magazine, Vogue Hommes International, Issey Miyake, and i-D. Kang’s first monograph, No Sleep, will be published by Kehrer Verlag in Fall of 2011.

Hee Jin Kang was an artist in residence at CPW in 2008.