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Documentation Signed
Period New
Materials Wood (Larch)
Dimensions
W. 29.3 in; H. 74.8 in; D. 29.53 in;
W. 74.42 cm; H. 189.99 cm; D. 75.01 cm;
Creation Date 2020
Description Since graduating in 1992 with a BFA from the Hong-Ik University Jaehyo Lee (1965, Hapchen, Korea) has
gained acclaim both in his native South Korea and internationally for his distinct yet intimately crafted
oeuvre. Combining distinct traces of Land Art, Arte Povera and Minimalism Lee´s works cast a
questioning eye over the roots of form, its function and its role within the natural world.
Lee´s works willfully play with the oft-contested boundaries between contemporary art and design,
referencing the idealist’s cubes, cylinders and cones as perversions of the chaise longue, the coffee table,
the lampshade, and even the humble doughnut. Revealing a subtly humorous and unsentimental
attitude to nature, what unites these works is a belief that the beauty of art is a product of the labor from
whence it comes, whether this be the meticulous carving of larch trunks into the form of a perfect sphere
or, equally, the precise bending and sanding of thousands of nails hammered one after another into a
hunk of cut lumber.
Amongst many other distinctions Jaehyo was in 1998 Grand Prize Winner at the Osaka Triennial and in
2002 recipient of the prestigious Irish Sculpture in Woodland commission. His works are held in public
and private collections across Europe, Asia and North America.
ARTIST'S STATEMENT
“Until recently, my work has been about combining wood with nails or steel bars and integrating them into
geometrical shapes such as spheres, hemispheres, or cylinders. Whenever I did this, one of my problems was to keep
the nails and bolts out of sight. Now, on the contrary, I put an emphasis on the nails themselves. I drive countless
nails into wood, bend them, grind them, and make them protrude. I then burn the wood, blackening its growth ring
records and its natural color. The glittering metallic nails on the black charcoal become ever more conspicuous, and
through this process, I draw a picture on wood using nails. Those who make a hard living may be the ones who
make this world a beautiful place. I certainly do not have the power to make it beautiful. I just hope to reveal the
beauty in what is usually seen but not noticed. It may be a rusty bent nail. If you take a close look at it, however,
you'll find out how beautiful it can be.” -Jaehyo Lee
Styles / Movements Contemporary, Other
Incollect Reference Number 343537
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