R & Company announces The Act of Artwork, the gallery’s second solo exhibition of exceptional works in ceramic by contemporary Korean artist Hun Chung Lee. The exhibition opens runs from March 1st, to April 21st, 2016. An opening reception will be held at the gallery from 6-8 pm on March 1st; the artist will be present.
Hun Chung Lee began his career as a ceramist, and later expanded into sculpture, conceptual art, architecture and design. The title of the exhibition, The Act of Artwork, is translated from the Chinese/Korean character, You Hee, and suggests that the act itself of making artwork should be joyful. His philosophy in creating the works is that only if the creator enjoys the process, will the beholder be able to enjoy the works as well. With this body of work, Lee emphasizes the slow and calm balance between the head and the heart, the swift current and calm pond and between tension and rhythm.
The exhibition features over forty new works, ranging in scale and function from traditional stools and benches to wall-mounted installations, which include lights, mirrors and hooks. Lee also explores the bath as a functional sculpture and includes an extraordinary hanging piece in ceramic that spans both floors of the gallery. Lee handmade all the works in the exhibition at his studio in Korea, firing them in a handmade kiln using a celadon glaze that originated in the 15th century. The colors and patterns achieved through his master craftsmanship and painterly approach to the glazing process offer new possibilities for ceramic works in a domestic setting.
About Hun Chung Lee:
Through exceptionally skilled handwork and applied layers of patina, Hun-Chung Lee (b. 1967) transforms materials often considered cold—such as concrete and steel—into architecturally graceful, soft-edged sculptural furniture. In his magnificent, unique ceramic stools and objects, the seemingly chaotic pattern of glaze belies Lee’s careful, painterly control of palette that emerges upon closer observation. In Lee’s hands, the solid ceramics—as with other materials—take on a soft, almost cloud-like character.
After receiving his BFA and MFA in ceramic sculpture from Hong-ik University in Seoul, Lee came to the United States to obtain a second MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, staying on as a teaching assistant for a year after graduation. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Architecture in Korea. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Korea and in the United States.
About R & Company:
R & Company represents a distinguished group of historical and contemporary designers whose work is among the most innovative and finely crafted of their time. Gallery principals Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman have garnered international acclaim for their groundbreaking exhibitions and publications and for their commitment to preserving history through their extensive archives, library and private collection. Consistently, Meyers and Snyderman exhibit an extraordinary acumen for discovering and bringing designers to the forefront of the rapidly escalating design market.
R & Company is currently developing exhibitions and publications on the designers it represents -- a diverse program that includes work from North America, South America, Europe and Asia produced between 1945 and today. In addition to the exhibition program and showroom in New York, Meyers and Snyderman offer the work of R & Company designers internationally, contribute widely to publications, and lecture.