Park Ryu Sook Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Lee Seung Hee. At his third solo show with the gallery, Lee presents a striking installation of black bamboo made with ceramic as well as new works in Tao series, the ‘ceramic paintings’ in relief which he gained much acclaim for from international audience.
In the bamboo installation, also consistently named Tao, the ceramic bamboo joints are baked piece by piece in the fire, and each piece is meticulously formed to fit connecting pieces. While making thousands pieces of bamboo without using any frames, Lee let his bamboo take different forms, varying with the amount of water contained by each. The assembled bamboo stems make up 4.5-meter tall bamboo forest. As viewers walk into ‘forest of contemplation’, we observe fascinating tension created between the flexible natural tree and the inflexible man-made pottery. We are being invited to contemplate a set of oppositions –‘Natural’-‘Man-made’; ‘Hard’-‘Soft’; ‘Flexible’-‘Rigid’. These are properties of the clay bamboo forest vs a natural bamboo forest, but they are also properties of all of us. Seunghee Lee takes us on a walk into a forest that is a part of us all. Born in 1958, Cheongju, Korea, Lee Seung Hee has lived and worked in Jingdezhen, China’s ‘Porcelain Capital’, since 2008. Lee acquired a B.A. from Cheongju University’s Craft Design Department. He has been exploring the similarities and differences between two-dimentional solid objects, as well as their relationships. He constantly challenges himself to escape from the stereotypes formed by familiar notions or the visual images, and has developed a unique standard of his own ceramic works – a new prospect to convert three –dimensional porcelain to two-dimensional ones in relief. He recently participated in notable exhibitions including Contemporary Korean Ceramics, V&A Museum, London (2017), Vallauris International Biennale of Ceramics, Vallauris (2016), Korean Contemporary Ceramics, Bernardaud Foundation, Limoges (2016), Hong Kong Arts Center Flagship Exhibition, Hong Kong Art Center (2015), and Constancy & Change in Traditional Korean Art, La Triennale di Milano, Milan (2015). His work is included in collections of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (MOCAK), among others.