“We dream about the perfect perfection. We try to make a vision without the vulnerable.”
Lee Bul is one of the most versatile artists of her generation; her work ranges from sketching, to painting, sculpture and performance. Her themes explore systems, anatomy, structure, but also human emotion and behavior—a representation of individuality in contrast with community, light and darkness, the real and the surreal. Her pro-vocative work is both organic and mechanical, a metaphor of our interactions with technology and our need to transcend mortality. Viewers get lost in her contrastingly utopian and dystopian installments that represent a growingly tech-dependent 21st century society. Lee also collaborated with the prestigious fashion house Dior for the Miss Dior exhibition in 2013; she contributed with her vision of the Lady Dior handbag, made with Plexiglas mir-rors. Important national and international venues have exhibited her work, such as the Art Sonje Center in Seoul, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Venice Biennale, the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Marseille, and many others.
Text: Ashanti Rojano ± Photo: OPIOM GALLERY / STUDIO JKM / jra / SINASTY KOREA / ATR / NR / Slummy / FPD / HYPOCRITE DESIGN / KRISTALL WELTEN / NGV / KN PHOTO / e flux / JN TSU / central seoulcourtesy PKM gallery, seoul / I0W / SNOOPEST / copyright © Jeong-moon Choi - All rights reserved.