Focussing on the period 1950-1970 the exhibition presents key moments from the artist's radical experiments in transforming materiality. Lee's practice encompasses sculpture, installation and performance.
curated by Jiyoon Lee
MOT International London is privileged to present the first European solo exhibition of Seung-Taek Lee. Lee's practice encompasses sculpture, site-specific installation and performance, finding affinity with both American land art and Korean shamanic traditions. Responding to the rapid socio-economic changes which followed the Korean War, Lee's work offers a reappraisal of specific Korean cultural identities.
Focussing on the period 1950-1970 the exhibition will present key moments from the artist's radical experiments in transforming materiality. Works such as Godret Stone (1957) and Soft Rock (1964) draw on the materials employed in plaiting traditional handcrafted mats, while the works Paper Tree (1970) and Wind-Folk Amusement (1971) are suggestive of the artist's interest in using transient elements, such as wind, to create form.
Born in Kowon, North Korea, 1932, Seung-Taek Lee lives and works in Seoul. Selected exhibitions include Seung-Taek Lee, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul (2012); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2010); Beginning of New Era, National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul (2009); Lines the Space, Gyeonggi Art Museum, Ansan, Korea (2007); New Acquisition Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea (2006); Art-60s-70s Experiment, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea (2001). Lee participated in the 6th Paris Biennial (1969) and 3rd Sao Paolo Biennial (1970). In 2009 he was awarded the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize.
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