Hakgojae Gallery proudly presents Lee Chang Soo’s (b. 1960, Seoul) solo exhibition, Luminescence, Here and There from July 20th (FRI) to August 12th (SUN), 2018. This exhibition is the third of Lee’s exhibition with Jiri Mountain (Jirisan) as the theme, following The Vibrant Mountain, Jiri (智異) (2008, Hakgojae Gallery) and LEE Chang Su: Listening to My Breath (2009, Sungkok Art Museum). In 2000, Lee moved to Jiri Mountain, and as he began immersing himself in creating works, he made a resolution that he would hold three exhibitions with Seomjin River (Seomjingang) in Jiri Mountain, where he is in residence, as the theme. This exhibition marks the finale of his resolution.
Lee Chang Soo’s works are a process of erasing existing perceptions about a subject, and discovering its pure true state. Lee gazes at nature with a highly macroscopic perspective, or studies it by immersing himself in an extremely microscopic world. Through this process, Lee strives to dismiss conventional images and thoughts, and get closer to the subject’s essence. In this exhibition, 33 sets of photographs and 1 video capturing the motions of the luminescence dispersed on the surface of Seomjin River will be presented. The surface of a river is the medium that allows the eye to observe the reflection and movement of light most entirely. Lee captures the minute flow of water-luminescence dispersing in an instant and permanently embodies it within his picture-screen. The mass of light on the surface of the river endlessly dances, and becomes the night view of a city, waterfall of luminescence, or blazing meteor and glorious galaxy and embroiders the picture-screen. It is the result of burrowing into the microscopic world and excavating the vast cosmos within the subject.