2019 Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art Diaspora Artist Exhibition Young-Jae Lee Emptying, Filling and Emptying
- 2019.10.16 ~ 2019.12.08
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- GMA Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art
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The Korean Diaspora Artist Invitation Exhibition arranged by the Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art is to shed light on artistic accomplishments made by Korean native artists who live, work, and are active overseas. It also aims to take a look at the significance and background of artistic and cultural exchanges through art.
This year the museum brings works by potter Lee Young-jae together and casts light on her artistic idioms. She has drawn attention in Europe with her distinctive art world in which Eastern and Western emotions and aesthetic senses have merged together as a representative of the Margaretenhohe with 100 years of tradition that inherits the idea of the Bauhaus.
Lee’s ceramic art is anchored in both the Korean aesthetic sense that is marked by simplicity and natural beauty and a succinct, refined modeling beauty influenced by German practicality. Her art world has become more solid and sturdy thanks to the invinaible spirit she developed while living in a foreign land as an outsider with a level of frugality and diligence intrinsic to Koreans. Lee’s ceramics appear concise and flexible in shape. They seem lofty and refined with a clear sense of form that is modest yet elegant as well as simple yet tense. This succinct yet solid modeling quality brings about a rational, cold-hearted feeling while the beauty of gentle, elegant curves arouses an affectionate aesthetic emotion. The color sense of her ceramics unmasks its existence in coyish, subdued hues that are in sync with space.
This exhibition features a large body of approximately 339 pieces including 287 bowls that take up the floor of the venue, Lee’s spindle vases marked by the idiosyncratic modeling quality of 1+1=1 and philosophical thought, and the Vase series that was produced as if it were meant to document her connections and relationships with others.
The 287 bowls placed on the floor in a modest state appear as a single mass, but they are in an open form whose number can be increased or decreased at any time. Despite using the same production method, new ceramics always come into being through her physical work process and the diverse unpredictability of air in the kiln. Similar yet diverse shapes and subtle differences in hues allow viewers to confirm the meaning of uniqueness within continuity.
Spindle vases made by joining two bowls together are Lee’s main focus. This type of vessel is particularly marked by an exquisite tension that arises from the straight line of its clear seam and the curve of its contour. Her wish for her divided homeland to one day be unified is contained in her spindle jars that are interpreted with the formula 1+1=1.
Lee Young-jae has lived and worked for 48 years in Germany ever since she emigrated there with her mother, a nurse, in 1972, the year she graduated from Sudo Women’s University of Education.