One of the standout works of the show is Lotto Lotto (Farewell) (2015), a self-portrait covered with gold leaf. Lee has scratched away at the gold to uncover his photographic likeness—a process that at once references the Korean tradition of death portraits and lottery tickets. The piece offers a wry critique of our culture’s obsession with instant wealth by hinting at the inevitable fate that awaits everyone, rich or poor. Gold leaf recurs in many of the show’s works, recalling the significance the metal once held in the mortuary rituals of ancient cultures such as the Egyptians. In L’Origine du Monde (2015), the artist covers a piece of dead wood with the material, lending a sense of permanence to the impermanent natural material. The resulting sculpture, with its uncanny resemblance to Gustave Courbet’s infamous L’Origine du Monde (1866), suggests that birth and death are a single cyclical act.