Cell Cube with Purple Manipulation

Cell Cube with Purple Manipulation

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Cell Cube with Purple Manipulation
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Overall H: 22.6 cm, W: 21.8 cm, D: 20.5 cm
Not on Display
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Purchased with funds from Corning Incorporated in honor of Chairman Kun-hee Lee of Samsung
Web Description: 
Jiyong Lee is an artist and educator who specializes in cold-working and kiln-forming glass processes. He was born and raised in South Korea, where he received a B.F.A. in Ceramics Design from Hong-ik University. Lee moved to the United States, and in 2001, he earned his M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York, where he subsequently taught for four years. An associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University (SIU), Lee has headed the glass program there since 2005. As a visiting artist, he has taught workshops throughout the United States and in Korea, France, Ireland, and Australia. Lee’s subtle but complex forms are geometric in shape and organic in approach. He sees his work as a process of query and research. “My finished work can be compared to meditative note-taking based on my investigations,” Lee says. His sculptures are inspired by images of microscopic embryos and cells that he has gathered from a variety of sources, ranging from contemporary biology textbooks to early 20th-century illustrations by the German naturalist Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919). Sculptures like Cell Cube are based on Lee’s “fascination with cell division and the journey of evolution that starts from a single cell, goes through a million divisions, and then becomes life.” Another recent series is based on his exposure to the process of gel electrophoresis—a method for the separation and analysis of macromolecules, such as DNA, RNA and proteins—in the microbiology lab at SIU. “The electrophoresis process is relatively simple,” Lee says, “yet the DNA experiment I saw was quite complex, and I found the images beautiful.”
Duane Reed Gallery, Source
Engraved on one wall near base
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Cell Cube with Purple Manipulation". Shades of transparent yellow glass with slight brown and green tints; laminated, cold-worked. Solid glass cube with triangular section missing from one half of one edge. Cube consists of several laminated pieces of glass of varying sizes and shapes.
The Studio at 20
Corning Museum of Glass 2016-05-26 through 2017-01-22
For 20 years, The Studio has been a starting point for emerging artists and an incubator for new work by established artists. The works on view in this exhibition are part of the Museum’s permanent collection and were created by artists who have taught or who have been artists in residence at The Studio. Additional pieces by this artistic community can be found in the Glass Collection Galleries, where they are identified by The Studio at 20 symbol. The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass is a community of artists who come together to learn, create, and teach. Since opening its doors in 1996, The Studio has welcomed more than 20,000 students, instructors, and resident artists from around the world. What sets this teaching institution apart from others are the unique combination of facilities, the talented and dedicated staff, the inspiration of the Museum’s rich historical glass collection, and the significant holdings and staff assistance in the Rakow Research Library. In addition to being an internationally renowned glass teaching facility, The Studio is a place where artists come to make their work. A residency program supports 10–12 artists per year. Artists are selected through an application process and live and work in Corning for one month, fully supported by the staff of The Studio. The Studio is open to the public, so please stop in during your visit to the Museum. Learn more about classes, special programs, artist residencies, and instructors at The Studio.
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 67, #48; BIB# AI95675
From Studio Student to Studio Teacher: Jiyong Lee (2013) illustrated, p. 13; BIB# AI95663