Young Joon Kwak is an interdisciplinary artist—mostly working with sculpture, installation, video, and performance.
Young Joon uses queer/drag performance as the medium, methodology, and philosophy that provides the framework for her art practice, which includes performative actions, sculpture, video, writing, curating, community-building with spaces such as Roxaboxen and No-Coast Collective, and her drag-noise-music-performance group Xina Xurner.
Kwak has performed and exhibited her art at venues including Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Roxaboxen Exhibitions, ACRE Projects, Hyde Park Art Center, and the MDW Fair in Chicago, NP Contemporary Art Center in NYC, Verge Art Fair in Miami, and spaces in other cities including Minneapolis, MN, Milwaukee, WI, St Louis, MO, and New Orleans, LA. Kwak grew up in Queens, NY and New Jersey, and received her BFA in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MA in Humanities at the University of Chicago.
I recently received two offers to exhibit an ambitious multi-media installation project titled “Rite of Trans-Mortality,” which comprises video, ceramics, photos, drawings, and a book. The first exhibition opens July 13th at Happy Dog Gallery in Chicago, the second in ...