Kyong Lee - portrait

Kyong Lee

Korea, Republic Of 1967

Abstract Art

Kyong Lee
Kyong Lee
Korea, Republic Of
October 11, 2017
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Kyong Lee is a Korean abstract artist whose work reconciles physical and emotional realities through a multi-disciplined exploration of color, material, process, and form. Lee received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea, in 1991. She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig, Germany, in 2000. From 2001-2002, Lee was the Artist in Residence at the internationally well known SSamzie Space Studio Residence Program, Seoul, Korea.

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Kyong Lee – installation view


Lee is dedicated to precision in her processes. She meticulously plans her color choices and dedicates a fixed amount of time to the mixing of each color. To create her gradated color paintings, she first layers tape in strips across the surfaces. Each layer of paint is applied over a fixed time span and allowed to rest for another fixed amount of time. This is a process of building up, layering, accumulating. The gradations express relationships between colors and moments. Some of her paintings feature text. For these works, Lee embosses the word she has selected for the piece into the surface first then applies a monochromatic hue that correlates to, and collaborates with, the chosen word. The color occupies the word and fills all of the space around it. For Lee, process is poetic, and essential to the meaning of the work.

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Kyong Lee – installation view


In her work, Lee is responding to her emotional experiences within her physical surroundings. Color is her primary visual language. For her, color is not only self-referential. Color also relates to emotional states. It is a way of expressing feeling, of projecting thoughts, and of evoking the natural processes of life. Lee is inspired by the flow of time and the layering of experiences. She contemplates memory and the ways her vision of the past changes with the accumulation of time. She is also interested in automatism. Through unconscious processes, she has made connections between different ways of communicating, such as associating specific words with particular hues in her Color as Adjective series. Additionally, Lee is concerned with the tilt of the planet on its axis. Earth is tilted at 23.5 degrees, a condition which causes us to experience the seasons in the way that we do. Lee wonders if there is a correlation here between our false assumption that we are standing horizontally and other assumptions we make, such as our assumptions about, as she says, “the horizon of emotions.”

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Kyong Lee – installation view

Exhibitions and Collections

Work by Kyong Lee has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Korea and Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include Color as Adjective II in Chonan, South Korea, and Feeling, Language, and Color in Seoul. Work by Lee is in multiple public and institutional collections, including that of the Seoul Museum of Art, the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Bank, Seoul, Korea.

The artist is represented by IdeelArt.

Kyong Lee lives and works in Seoul, Korea.

Featured image: Portrait of the artist
All images courtesy of IdeelArt

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Color as Adjective IIGalleria Center City, ChonanSolo
2016The colors in korean life and cultureNational Folk Museum of Korea, SeoulGroup
2016Selected EDITION Art & DesignShinsegae Gallery Centumcity, BusanGroup
2016Open Studio-double act IIIDanwol studio, YangpyeongGroup
2016Craving Colors63 Art Museum, Seoul Group
2016Lee Kyong with SSHBa-route Art platform, SeoulGroup
2015Following tracesYoungeun Museum of Contemporary Art, KwangjuGroup
2015Learning Knowledge of NatureKAIST, Daejeon, KoreaGroup
2015The Memory of EuropeArt Space Hoseo, SeoulGroup
2014Feeling, Language and ColorGallery Royal, Seoul Solo
2014SeMA Collection-GiftSeoul Museum of Art, Seoul Group
2014COLORGoyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Goyang Group
2014WellArtistparty, SeoulGroup
2014The other art fairLondonGroup
2014Open Studio Project-double act IIDanwol Studio, Yangpyeong, KoreaGroup
2013Color as AdjectiveMultipurpose Art Hall EMU, Seoul Solo
2013YISANG-DUCHAMPMuseum of Korean Modern Literature, Seoul Group
2013Changwon Asian Art FestivalSungsan Arts Hall, Changwon Group
2013The Passage of the TimeYoungeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju Group
2012Kyong LeeHansung Auto Gallery, SeoulSolo
2012Out of FrameInteralia Art, Seoul Group
2012Harmonyujung Art Center, SeoulGroup
2012Travel Art-Artists on the RoadGyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan Group
2012WhiteArte Giani, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2012Open Studio Project-double actHanglin Dongsan, YoungIn, KoreaGroup
2011Mögliche FarbhorizonteGallery Art Sagan, Seoul Solo
2011Maeulmisul-Happiness ProjectYeongCheon, Korea Group
2010The PaintingGallery ArtSagan, SeoulGroup
2010ColorxArtxPlayx2Goyang Oulim Nuri Arts Center, Goyang Group
2010Free Style : A Dialogue Between Art and DesignHongik Museum of Art, Seoul Group
2010RemindYoungeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju Group
2010Samda Stories-The Wind, Special ExhibitionJeju Museum of Art, Jeju Group
2010Two Person Exhibition with Kim Hyungsup123Gallery, SeoulGroup
2010Color & StripesJangheung Art Park-Red Space, JangheungGroup
2009The silent worldErl Gallery, Seoul Solo
2009A faraway landLeehyun Gallery, SeoulSolo
2009Colorist, KAIST Art & ResearchLeehyun Seoul Gallery, SeoulGroup
2009Hongik Art & Design FestivalHongik Museum of Art, Seoul Group
2009New Brave World, Seoul AuctionShinsegae centumcity, BusanGroup
2008Painting with no EvidenceGallery Doll, Seoul Solo
2008Wander on the Sky63 Sky Art Museum, SeoulGroup
2008Re-recordingGrimson Gallery, Seoul Group
2008Ssamzie Space 1998-2008Ssamzie Space, SeoulGroup
2008SeMA 2008Seoul Museum of Art, SeoulGroup
2008Up to the minuteKorea Art Center, BusanGroup
2008Youngeun ResidencyYoungeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju Group
2007The fascination of equilibriumYoungeun Museum of Contemporary Art, KwangjuSolo
2007Artist Forum InternationalARTIST1:1CRITIC, Project Space Sarubia Group
2007Anonymous drawings 6Anke Becker, Meinblau e.V. Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007Seo+LoveSeogallery, SeoulGroup
2006Collected landscapeSeo Young Artist, Seo gallery, SeoulSolo
2006The Creation of speculated LandscapeDECOYA Inc. SeoulGroup
2006A Walk between Nature & CultureKorea Land Corporation, PangyoGroup
2006Pre-International Incheon Women Artist’s BiennaleMulticulture & Arts center, Incheon Group
2004SketchGallery Demain, Seoul Group
2003DailyscapeDukwon Gallery, Seoul Solo
2003New Image Artist-Daegu Art Expo 2003EXCO, Daegu Group
2002Zeit 2002_SiteDukwon Gallery, Seoul Solo
2002BlueGallery La Meer, Seoul Group
2002Open-studioSsamzie space, Seoul Group
2001Crossing Parallels betweenSsamziespace in Seoul and Lance Fung Gallery in New York Group
2000WaterHoliday Inn hotel, Hannover, GermanySolo
2000Meisterschüler 2000Wilkewerke, Braunschweig, GermanyGroup
2000Kunstpreis WELDE 2000Plankstadt, GermanyGroup
2000With Anna-L. MenzelLandgericht Niedersachsen, Braunschweig, Germany Group
1999Kyong LeeSperling GbR, Braunschweig, GermanySolo
1999KlassenausstellungSchloß Seggerde, GermanyGroup
1998Kyong LeeKreishaus im Kulturamt, Helmstedt, GermanySolo
1998Kyong LeeNord Deutsche Rundfunk(NDR), Braunschweig, GermanySolo
1998Formlos-formbarWOGA-Pavillon, Braunschweig, GermanySolo
1998Formlos-formbar IIAutohaus Holzberg, Braunschweig, GermanySolo
1998Andreas Kunstpreis 1998St. Andreasberg, GermanyGroup
1998Three people exhibitionHandwerkskammer, Braunschweig, GermanyGroup
1998MEWA Kunstpreis 1998Wiesbaden, Germany Group
1996Kyong LeeBKB, Helmstedt, Germany Solo
1996Wasser-with S. MalakaStadtbad Braunschweig, GermanyGroup
1991New FrontierKyungin Gallery, Seoul, Korea Group