Korean, b. 1968
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
Won Ju Lim’s work examines the dialogue between real and imaginary space as they relate to fantasy, memory, and longing. The formal and conceptual aspects of her multimedia practice draws from sources ranging from Baroque architecture, fantasy and science fiction films, the urban landscape of Los Angeles, and, most recently, the invisible and contested spaces within her own home.
Lim’s Kiss pieces—wall-hung, box-like sculptures that offer a knowing nod to Judd’s Stacks—produce colorful cascades of geometrical shadows when light passes through them. The sculptural components within are Plexiglas architectural models based on plans of the famed Case Study Houses—quintessential examples of mid-century modernism built in the Los Angeles area between 1948 and 1966. Such models are building blocks in Lim’s work, serving as both a sculptural component offered for aesthetic consideration and a provisional reference point for an idealized elsewhere.
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 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); International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Korea (2007); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2006); DA2 Domus Artium, Salamanca, Spain (2007); Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennial of the Canaries, Fuerteventura, Spain (2006); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2005); ZKM Museum fur Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany (2005); the Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2002); and the Munster Sculpture Biennale, Germany (2001). Her work is included in important collections that include: MOCA, Los Angeles; the Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation, Geneva; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; KKR Ltd, Sao Paulo; Constellation Partners, Las Vegas; La Coleccion Jumex, Mexico; and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada. 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.