Jung Lee

Korea, Republic Of 1972

Installation, Photography

Jung Lee
Jung Lee
Korea, Republic Of
September 14, 2014
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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.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2013UntitledGreen Art Gallery, Dubai, UAESolo
2013Day and NightONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2013International Foto and Media TriennialEsslingen, GermanyGroup
2013AporiaGallery Hyundai Window, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2013Crossing Media – Der Kunst die Bühne - Villa MerkelGalerien der Stadt Esslingen, EsslingenGroup
2012Landscapes of MomentSeongnam Arts Center, Seongnam, KoreaGroup
2012Daegu Photo Biennale: Photographic!Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Daegu, KoreaGroup
2012Image and TextONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2012A Postcard from Afar: North Korea from a DistanceApexart, New York, USAGroup
2012Power of Photography Analogue DigitalTrunk Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2011AporiaONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2011Terra Incognita, International Incheon Women Artists’ BiennaleIncheon, KoreaGroup
2011Frieze Art FairFrame, London, UKGroup
2011Dual ImagesPohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, KoreaGroup
2010Maninbo/10000 LIVES curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, KoreaGroup
2010Chaotic HarmonySanta Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USAGroup
2009Chaotic HarmonyMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, USAGroup
2009New Digital Age ProjectNovosibirsk State Art Musuem, Novosibirsk, RussiaGroup
2009Mental MarketPostbox Gallery, LondonGroup
2008Another CountrySpacevava, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2008Young PhotoShinsegae Artwall Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008Meta-Text, Meta-ImageGwangju Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008Photo 300Trunk Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007Bordering North KoreaSpacevava, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2007Writing Paintings, Painting WordsSeoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007The VoyeursTrunk Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007Strange CompassGallery Noon, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007LandscapeTrunk Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006UltraSenseSeoul International Photography Festival, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006DreamworksGallery Haas & Mayer AG, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2006Culture Bound, Eastwing Collection 07Courtauld Institute, London, UKGroup
2005RCA Summer ShowHoopers Gallery, London, UKGroup
2005The Show OneRoyal College of Art, London, UKGroup
2004SecretRoyal College of Art, London, UKGroup