Aloha! My name is Minny Lee and I own and operate Minny Lee Fine Art, LLC, my “artist’s studio” and gallery space in Honolulu, Hawaii (Kaimuki). Goals of the “just established in 2018 organization” include: supporting the arts through workshops, artist talks and gallery exhibitions, with a primary focus on lens-based work and printed matter.
I utilize photography, audio, video and site-specific installation work to contemplate the concepts of time, space and the coexistence of duality. I was born and raised in South Korea and attained a Bachelor of Science degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Master of Arts in Art History from City College of New York and Master of Fine Arts in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard. I moved to Hawaii in 2016 after spending 24 years in NY and then NJ.
I was fortunate enough to receive a fellowship from the Reflexions Masterclass Program in Europe and am forever grateful to Giorgia Fiorio for that enriching and enlightening experience. Participating in an artist-in-residence program at Halsnøy Kloster in Norway further broadened my horizons.
My work has been exhibited in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America, at such locales as the Datz Museum of Art, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ise Cultural Foundation Gallery, Les Rencontres d’Arles, and Pingyao International Photo festival, among other venues.
Making hand-made books is a passion of mine and books I have created have been exhibited and sold at venues such as the New York Art Book Fair, LA Art Book Fair, Codex Book Fair, URCA Photobook Fair and Honolulu Print & Book Fair. My artist’s book, encounters was published by Datz Press and has been exhibited in the USA, South Korea, Brazil, Greece, Canada, France, Colombia, and Mexico.
I served as a contributing editor for Gitz Magazine’s From Walden issue and as a guest writer for Monthly Photography Magazine, for which I wrote more than fifteen articles about internationally renowned photographers. My work experience also includes being a Production Coordinator for the Liz Claiborne organization, a Collection’s Assistant at the ICP Museum, and a lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where I taught photography classes. Zines I edited of photographs taken by students in my classes are now in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Art Institute Library and the International Center of Photography. I teach (hand-made) bookmaking courses at the Honolulu Museum of Art School and am a member of the faculty of the International Center of Photography. However, I also continue to take art-related courses, including courses about software and other technical aspects here in Hawaii, the mainland and Asia in order to maintain a balanced perspective with the hope to always learn, improve and evolve.