Nov 16th 2017

Taekyeom Lee

@ Safety-Kleen Gallery, Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123

Opening Thursday, November 16th, from 5PM - 7PM

On view through Thursday, December 14th

Join us for the opening reception of Art, Design and Digital Craft, new 3d works by Taekyeom Lee on Thursday, November 16, 5-7pm at Safety Kleen Gallery One (Building H, H100) Elgin Community College. If can you join us earlier, Taekyeom Lee will be giving and artist talk in Spartan Auditorium (Building G, G100) on Thursday, November 16 from 1-2pm.

Taekyeom is an interdisciplinary artist although he prefers to introduce himself a designer using artist’s material and artistic sensibility. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He received his MFA degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. He has made three-dimensional type as a series of typographic explorations to strive, challenge and seek a new way to create tangible type in three-dimensional space. As a part of his research, he built a 3D printer and designed his own paste extruders to produce intricate 3D ceramic type and objects. His research has drawn interest nationally and internationally. His interests in graphic design are not solely focused on unconventional typography but also explore a diverse area of interests and experiences: artist book, ceramics, web design, lettering, CAD design, digital fabrication, emerging technologies, and art/design pedagogy.

Artist Statement for “Art, Design and Digital Craft”:
My research explores unconventional methods of creating the three-dimensional type and imageries with materials and techniques unique to graphic design, such as ceramics and 3D printing. Today, technological convergence and new digital manufacturing processes have broadened creative possibilities and the perception of the three-dimensional experience for artists and designers. The series of exploration from this research project reflects on the processuality of the digital fabrication and understanding the place of new technologies in creative processes in the post-digital age. In response to this movement, my research is aiming to develop, test, and find the place of the emerging technologies in design process and creative practices. I decided to build my own tools including a custom 3D printer and my own paste extruders, as a ceramic 3D printer was not affordable or accessible. The use of digital fabrication pushes the boundary of the medium in graphic design both in terms of concept and materiality. Likewise, 3D printed ceramic type obtains materiality and dimensionality so that this becomes an involved cross-disciplinary research effort.

Art, Design and Digital Craft is on view in Safety-Kleen Gallery One, H100, November 6 – December 14, 2017.

This event is free and open to the public. Come out and enjoy art, conversation and light refreshments.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Voltz, ECC Gallery Director/Curator at or 847.214.7405

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