John Hee Taek Chae

Richmond, Virginia


I am a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the ways in which ideology determines reality. I make installations that plot and connect the historical and personal narratives that have constructed my sense of identity; narratives in which desires collapse, mutate, or converge when confronted with power, opportunity, or illusion. Within each installation, paintings and images are installed onto infrastructures composed of wooden beams, together forming spatial timelines. My works are a composite of imaginaries, excerpts, declarations, and remembrances associated with the reciprocating effects of evangelism, colonialism, and capitalism–exploring pervasive contradictions that result when tools of persuasion barter in false promises but also act as genuine containers of faith. By delving into these portals of human experience, I create an inheritance, a vantage point with all the fears, aspirations, reasonings, and prayers that come with it. The work is a quest for interiority amidst a pervasive lack, a lack most keenly felt when one is confronted with the violence of identity–violence that requires one to define oneself within set terminologies in order to defend against it. I currently live and work in Richmond, VA.


Maryland Institute College of Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts / Painting Major and Art History Minor

Fall 2010

Virginia Commonwealth University

Master of Fine Arts / Painting and Printmaking

Spring 2020

CV / Awards

Fermentation, CoRK Arts District
Jacksonville, FL 2013
Make. Believe., MOCA Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL 2014
Parallel Play, FAB Gallery
Richmond, VA 2018
Fata Morgana, Candidacy Exhibition
Richmond, VA 2019
Now more than ever, Summer Exhibtion, Wassaic Project
Wassaic, NY 2020
good faith, Anderson Gallery
Richmond, VA 2021

Graduate Teaching Fellow (VCU) - 2018-2020
Esther Elizabeth Motz Memorial Scholarship
Clarence B. and Nell G. Williams Scholarship
David Wurtzel Artist Fellowship and Residency
Barbara Ritzman Devereux Visiting Artist Grant
MICA Trustee Award
MICA Academic Excellence Scholarship
MICA Talent Grant

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