Friday, 7 August 2009

Lee Dongwook


LEE, Dongwook
b.1972
Seven, 2004
Mixed media
25 x 30 x 45 cm


LEE, Dongwook
b.1976
Sailor, 2004
Mixed media
Variable


LEE, Dongwook
b.1976
Two, 2003
Mixed media
28 x 28 x 34 cm


LEE, Dongwook
b.1976
Untitled, 2006
Mixed media
6 x 3 x 2 cm
UNION3696


LEE, Dongwook
b.1976
Untitled, 2006
Mixed media
5 x 4 x 5 cm
UNION3699

"Lee’s works are suffused with a simultaneously gloomy and lyrical horror. His miniature human figures condense both hyper-reality and surrealistic illusion, creating odd but beautiful cacophonies. Some are displayed as medical curiosities, squeezed into a syringe or cocooned in a bell jar. Here, the human form is scrutinised and dissected under a cold scientific gaze.
In Extinction (2004) a mythical, transgenic mermaid floats in the trivial surrounding of a domestic fishbowl. The pathos of this piece is indicative of the emotional tension present in much of Lee’s work. There is an ever-present opposition between the mundane and the grotesque, reality is constantly disrupted and challenged by fantastical illusion." ~UNION gallery


Source: UNION Gallery

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