Jaehyo Lee
Korean, born 1965
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Selected exhibitions
2017
LEE JAEHYO | Nature Bound,
Albemarle Gallery | Pontone Gallery
2016
Grand Opening: Miami Design District,
Opera Gallery
2015
Regeneration, Perspectives on Korean Art,
Opera Gallery

Working with wood and metal, Jaehyo Lee produces immaculately formed, intricate sculptures that reveal a mastery of his materials and a winking, sophisticated wit. Lee eschews traditional distinctions between the fine and applied arts and makes both functional and functionless works, presenting benches, stools, and tables alongside abstract, biomorphic forms. Burnt-black wood often serves as the sculptural ground into which Lee embeds discs of fresh wood or bent steel bolts and nails. His wood-on-wood combinations read as playful meditations on the multifaceted nature of wood itself, while the nails that often cover his wooden surfaces seem transformed into worms or spermatozoa—recalling a slithering, energetic galaxy of organisms.