April 10th, 2009 around 4pm, the fire staircase, outside of Crane Street Studios building (well known as 5pointz), collapsed; very unfortunately, one artist having a studio in the building was walking down the stair while it collapsed. Right after the tragic incident, the building from the 2nd to the 5th floor (all artist studios) was shut down tentatively. Some of the artists in the building looked for new studios, though most of the artists, including me, had an ambiguous belief and hope that we could be back as soon as the building was fixed. However, about four months later, more than hundreds of artists lost our own studios and were migrated against our will by the New York City Building Department for Queens and the landlord as well.
For me and my camera, it was a shocking moment of not only artistic diversities, but a tremendous sorrow as well.
God bless all artists.
Jaiseok Kang (Studio #315, Crane Street Studios, LIC)
Jaiseok Kang(a.k.a Jason River) was born in 1976 in Seoul, South Korea. While growing up, Mr. Kang dreamt of becoming a painter and enjoyed drawing from his own imaginations and observations. In 1995, he entered Hansung University’s Industrial Design department where he was introduced to photography for the first time. After graduating, he pursued his career as a photographer and worked doing numerous commercial projects including fashion, movie posters, and album covers for two years while attending a graduate program at Hongik University majoring in Photographic Design. He exhibited at Paeksang Memorial Hall and Kuanhoon Gallery in 2004 in Seoul. In 2005. He has followed this with solo and group exhibitions and collaborative works with other artists.
Studio: 43-01 21st Street, Suite 216 , LIC, NY, 11101