At Lee's first exhibition since 2015, his new series of work will be unveiled. X (2019) and Psyche up Panorama(2019)are site-specifically installed in the gallery's P1 & P2 spaces respectively. For PENETRALE, Lee employs his general interest in anatomy, as well as other sciences, including physics, chemistry, and astronomy. X is the first work in a new series, which involves taking an enlarged skeleton structure—evocative of fossil fragments in the process of restoration—and visually materializing it using an imaginary theory.
Abstract forms of bone fragments made with papier-mâché are loosely connected to each other on a three-dimensional grid. Occupying the entire white cube of P1, Xseems like a vast and distant landscape, or a familiar subject with a certain symmetrical structure pulled right in front of one's eyes.
Psyche up Panoramain P2 is comprised of shattered fragments that are installed on a wall, floor, and ceiling and will provide an immersive experience to viewers as if one's own body is fully immersed in the coordinate system of X.
Hyungkoo Lee graduated with a BFA in sculpture from Hongik University in 1998 and a MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 2002. He represented the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and held solo exhibitions at Gorky Park (organized by the Polytechnic Museum), Moscow in 2015, the Naturhistoriches Museum Basel in 2008, and Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul in 2004. He participated in multiple exhibitions at leading institutions, including Royal Academy of Art, London (2015, 2008), Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2010), Haunch of Venison, London (2009), Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris (2008), and Fondazione Sandretto re Rabaudengo, Turin (2006).
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Press release courtesy P21.
Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee 's exhibitions evoke a scientist's lab or an archaeologist's workshop, often equipped with outlandish gadgets, skeletal or anatomical models in vitrines, or a desk with incomplete skulls, brushes, and notes. Yet his wearable devices, drawings, and sculptures hardly depict real-life subjects—they are chimeras borne...