Orients is Gregory Bae’s first exhibition after his return to Chicago from almost two years in residency in South Korea; a homecoming of sorts. Bae introduces a new body of work that explores both the formal and conceptual understanding of the world from the artist’s bi-cultural experience within and outside of geographical boundaries. Through installation, sculpture, and video, Bae presents a stereoscopic vision of both places simultaneously, and the intimacy of spaces between. The work within Orients gazes at spatial and global positions, but also ushers in larger questions about cosmic distance and personal displacement.
Gregory Bae received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. He has attended residencies in Spartanburg, South Carolina at Hub-Bub, in South Korea at the Seoul Museum of Art Nanji Residency Program as well as Cheungju Art Studio. He has exhibited in Chicago, New York City, St. Paul, Salt Lake City, Spartanburg, Rome, Seoul, Busan, and Cheungju. He is the recipient of grants from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York City, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events IAP, and most recently from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York City.