Jung Lee is trained Korean photographer born in 1972 Seoul and is best known for her photographs of text-based neon light installations set directly into the landscape. With contrasting sentimental phrases juxtaposed with stark layouts of deserted plains or barren snow fields, she makes strong various emotional statements.
One of her main sources of inspiration for many of her artworks is Barthes and his poetry. Lee slows everything down patiently analyzing that most intense and overwhelming of states, unanswered desire – the language of complete love and the deep solitary state it throws the lover into. She collects childish cliched expressions of love and hatred such as “How could you do this to me?” and “I still remember” making them an echoing as a powerful proclamation. In years Lee has established herself as one of the formidable contemporary artist and photographers.
Lee received her M.A. in Photography from the Royal College of Art, UK and her B.A. with honors in Photography from Kent Institute of Art & Design, UK. She also received a B.A. with honors in Mass Communication & Journalism from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea.
However, her artwork sometimes, still emotional in extent, express political views like the work installed on the border with North Korea that says “We have nothing to envy” or “Paradise on earth”. All of her work is grouped by the texts they reference or sources. Besides mentioned, example of such practice is series of photos named “Aporia”(meaning coming to a dead end in Greek) dating from 2010. and 2011. in which Lee makes motifs from above mentioned Roland Barthes’s and his A Lover’s Discourse, and culls expressions of love and hatred from TV, internet forums, and popular movies. In her other work titled “Day and Night”,main focus is contained in two words ‘God’ and ‘Love’ as as a reflection of her interpretation of Dante’s Divine Comedy where he express his genuine belief that true faith and love will lead you up to heavenly heights.
Jung Lee currently lives and works in Seoul, Korea.
|2013||Untitled||Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE||Solo|
|2013||Day and Night||ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul, Korea||Solo|
|2013||International Foto and Media Triennial||Esslingen, Germany||Group|
|2013||Aporia||Gallery Hyundai Window, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2013||Crossing Media – Der Kunst die Bühne - Villa Merkel||Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen||Group|
|2012||Landscapes of Moment||Seongnam Arts Center, Seongnam, Korea||Group|
|2012||Daegu Photo Biennale: Photographic!||Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Daegu, Korea||Group|
|2012||Image and Text||ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2012||A Postcard from Afar: North Korea from a Distance||Apexart, New York, USA||Group|
|2012||Power of Photography Analogue Digital||Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2011||Aporia||ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul, Korea||Solo|
|2011||Terra Incognita, International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale||Incheon, Korea||Group|
|2011||Frieze Art Fair||Frame, London, UK||Group|
|2011||Dual Images||Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Korea||Group|
|2010||Maninbo/10000 LIVES curated by Massimiliano Gioni,||Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea||Group|
|2010||Chaotic Harmony||Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA||Group|
|2009||Chaotic Harmony||Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, USA||Group|
|2009||New Digital Age Project||Novosibirsk State Art Musuem, Novosibirsk, Russia||Group|
|2009||Mental Market||Postbox Gallery, London||Group|
|2008||Another Country||Spacevava, Seoul, Korea||Solo|
|2008||Young Photo||Shinsegae Artwall Gallery, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2008||Meta-Text, Meta-Image||Gwangju Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2008||Photo 300||Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2007||Bordering North Korea||Spacevava, Seoul, Korea||Solo|
|2007||Writing Paintings, Painting Words||Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2007||The Voyeurs||Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2007||Strange Compass||Gallery Noon, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2007||Landscape||Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2006||UltraSense||Seoul International Photography Festival, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2006||Dreamworks||Gallery Haas & Mayer AG, Zurich, Switzerland||Group|
|2006||Culture Bound, Eastwing Collection 07||Courtauld Institute, London, UK||Group|
|2005||RCA Summer Show||Hoopers Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2005||The Show One||Royal College of Art, London, UK||Group|
|2004||Secret||Royal College of Art, London, UK||Group|