Korean, b. 1968
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California and Boston, Massachusetts
Won Ju Lim’s work examines the dialogue between real and imaginary space as they relate to fantasy, memory, and longing. Her multimedia practice draws from sources ranging from Baroque architecture, objects of design, fantasy and science fiction films, the urban landscape of Los Angeles, the invisible and contested spaces within her own home, and in her latest body of work, the works of French writer Marcel Proust. Proust’s influence reveals itself in both Lim's artistic approach and the formal qualities of her work, evident in her interest in the peripheral, questions of dislocation and self-alienation, and the dialectics of inside and outside. Recently, Lim has expanded her practice to include filmmaking, combining various avenues of interest—in material objects and immaterial images, in cinema and literature—to a singular point of convergence.
Lim received her BS from Woodbury University in Burbank CA, and an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Since then, her work has been exhibited widely at institutions such as the San Jose Museum of Art, CA (2018); Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, CA (2017, 2016); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2015); St. Louis Art Museum, MO (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2013); Kunsthalle Detroit, MI (2011); Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (2011, 2002); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2009, 2001); Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2009); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2008); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2006); DA2 Domus Artium, Salamanca, Spain (2007); and ZKM Museum fur Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany (2005). Her work is included in important collections that include the San Jose Museum of Art, CA; MOCA, Los Angeles, CA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; the Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; and TBA21, Vienna, Austria. Lim is also the recipient of a 2016 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) artist award and the subject of a related exhibition.