Lee Bae

November 18 – December 14, 2014

Hyundai Gallery
80 Sagan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
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December 14. Lee Bae based in Paris and makes his artworks. Nowadays Lee (b.1956) has a strong active in Seoul and Paris. For this exhibition Lee exhibits more than 20 artworks, paintings and installation works that his past works since 2000 to present.

Lee is highly regarded at home and abroad with his constant experimental mind; moreover he makes many different ways of artwork which is drawing, canvas, and installation through a charcoal, he extends his artistic area too. In this exhibition has three parts. Lee’s present painting work that using an acrylic medium, 2000s Charcoal works and Installation work.

Lee Bae and black go a long way back together. The story begins in the early 1990s and with his arrival in Paris. He had just left his native South Korea and was entering a period of transition. But chance soon brought him a remedy: not only to the feeling of loneliness and strangeness of being abroad, to the nostalgia, but to the financial problems too. One day, close to his studio, he found a warehouse selling sacks of charcoal. The material reminded him of his origins, the world of India ink, calligraphy, and a deep grounding in the Korean tradition with its symbolic power and poetic impact. It also turned out to be inexpensive. Now began the adventure of black. Lee Bae would spend fifteen years working with this material, exploring all its striations, and bringing all its many plastic possibilities in order to affirm and valorize the qualities of black.

갤러리현대 본관에서는 파리에 거주하며 국제적으로 활동해 온 작가 이배(1956~)의 개인전이 열린다. 이배는 30년 가까이 숯을 재료로 드로잉, 캔버스, 설치 등 다양한 형태의 작업을 해오며 자신의 영역을 확장시켜왔다. 숯은 전통적으로 한국인들의 생활에 중요하게 사용되어 왔으며, 현재까지도 다양한 용도로 사용되고 있다. 이번 전시는 근작으로 평면 회화, 설치 작품 등 약 20여 점으로 구성된다. 숯울 매개로 독특하고도 명상적인 예술 세계를 펼쳐 보이게 될 이번 전시는 자연에서 출발하여 잠시 주변을 되돌아볼 수 있는 기회가 되기 기대해 본다.