Gallery Grimson is pleased to present “The Transcription of the Moonlight,” a 34th solo exhibition by artist Jae Sam Lee, running from January 16 to March 3, 2020. The artist studied in figurative abstract and installation art at Hong-Ik University, Korea, but has attempted to describe the beauty of the landscape shimmered in silver under the moonlight through charcoal. The dark night and silent, desolate landscape as well as the size of the paintings make viewers feel overwhelmed, but the darkness is not expressed in icy cold manner, but rather to warmly shine. The moonlight gives out a soothing glow so that the air, tree, and waterfall seem to create an illusion that viewers are walking in a dreamy place.
Jae Sam Lee has used charcoal as an important medium linked to the artist’s identity, not merely as a drawing material. A dark landscape has multilayered meanings. The artist has tried to stimulate synesthesia through charcoal; viewing moonlight make viewers experience the sensation of being smelled and listened even it is hard to see the exact shapes of the things in dark spaces.
Lee’s works are housed in major museums in Korea including National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum of Art, and Gyeonggido Museum of Modern Art. Also, he selected as the 3rd Park Soo-keun Art Award in 2018. This exhibition presents his messages in terms of the meanings of charcoal, moonlight, and dark space as well as spirits through his paintings.