Asian, African, North American, South American, Antarctic, European, and Australian Oceans GreemJellyfish@gmail.com
Through my interdisciplinary practice incorporating live performance, multi-media visuals, costume, sound and participatory art, I reflect my cross-cultural identity as a Korean living in New York. Even as I travel globally, my identity is hybrid, never fixed. I adopted the surname “Jellyfish,” because I come from a mixed family of many names, often feeling as an outsider and a misfit. I find freedom in the symbol of a deep sea creature that roams about, fluidly, transient, its very form made from the same water in which it lives.
In my work I deal with issues of belonging, disorder, confusion, loneliness and frustration. The various forms my practice takes offer inclusive, interactive artwork that is colorful, blurring the boundaries between art and ordinary life. I thrive in the realm of experimental, socially engaging, and environmentally conscious acts of creation.
I actively incorporate a punk philosophy, d-i-y ethic, and LGBTQ dance culture and politics into my work. Although I am not classically trained, my effort, innovative approach and creativity shine through in my work. My grandmother named me Greem, which means “picture” in Korean. She wasn’t able to draw, but did so nonetheless. Everyday she saw a small improvement in the quality of the artwork. I feel very much the sameway in relationship to my experimental art and music practice.
As I work, I often question the nature of reality, chaos, utopia, dream space and existence itself. I feel this process is related to my Korean heritage, and forms of indigenous Korean shamanism which view anger as a type of fuel for spiritual and ritual experience as healing. When I perform, I invoke these supernatural energies in my work, providing a cathartic experience for both myself and the audience at hand.
I collaborate with audio engineer Michael Sherburn and DIY nightlife entrepreneur John Barclay in the fantasy Techno collective DUST. My bizarre monologues and warped vocals beckon listeners on a journey through the occult mysticism of the nightmarish and torturous deep ocean of an alien hell on top of the digital hardcore, dungeon techno, and celestial ambience. They are all held together by a theme of extravagant extraterrestrial warfare.
11 18 2016 Frank Hurricane at the Glove 855 Lexington Ave
11 15 2016 Dana Wood Zinsser art show at Flowers for all occasions
10 27 2016 Dreamlands Whitney Museum
10 26 2016 Dreamlands Whitney Museum
10 15 2016 A Night for North Korean Human Rights hosted by NKHR: Citizens'
Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (북한인권시민연합)
10 13 2016 Purple Magic Bossa Nova Civic Club
09 14 2016 Bromo at Bossa Nova Civic Club
08 27 2016 Noodle Beaches for Meeting Witches Tarot Society Gallery
08 15 2016 Bossa Nova Civic Club
08 13 2016 Flowers for All Occasions
08 09 2016 DJ set at Bossa Nova Civic Club
07 22 2016 Jellyfish Dance Experience at Baby Castle, NY
Greem Jellyfish’s tracks