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數影碼像–李二男個人作品展 DILLUSION–SOLO EXHIBITION OF LEE LEE-NAM

Dates: 16 May – 30 Jun, 2012

Venue: Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, No. 20, Ice House Street, Ground Floor, Central, Hong Kong

Kwai Fung proudly presents D I L L U S I O N ” — a solo exhibition of Korean artist LEE, Lee Nam in May 2012.

LEE, Lee Nam was born 1969 inDamyang,Jeonnam,Koreaand was graduated from the Department of Art ofChosunUniversityin 1995. He is the hottest rising star of contemporary Korean art in recent years. He is a “Creative City Consultant" of UNESCO, and his art works are applied as teaching materials in textbooks for middle school education inKorea.

His works have been widely exhibited inKoreaand abroad and are collected by important museums and institutes, including Cheong Wa Dae (President House ofKorea), National Museum of Contemporary Art ofKorea, Uli Sigg Collection of Switzerland andYaleUniversity.

By cutting-edge digital technology, he extracts classical images from Oriental and Western masterpieces, which after the process of re-construction, mergers and transformation are used to create video artworks in his very strong personal style. Under his magic hands, the image of a traditional landscape painting reappears in a monitor, where it expands into the life cycle of four seasons, and the image of Van Gogh in his famous Self-Portrait is made alive : he is smoking his pipe and, at the same time, winking at the audience.

The works of Lee, Lee Nam appropriate a large number of images from classical pictures which are so familiar to the audience as to bring them a feeling of closeness and comfort. Yet, the unthinkable manipulation and subversion of these well established symbols made by him invariably bring surprises. In a work featuring Mona Lisa, high-tech military planes are shuttling like flying insects in front of the elegant lady who is staring, with her well known mysterious gaze, at these intruders in complete puzzlement.

Under the hands of the artist, the boundaries of space and time disappear completely. Anything can be dislocated and relocated, and thus time becomes limitless and space becomes limitless. All our perceptions associated with authoritative symbols are liberalised, opening up endless alternative possibilities.

Using television monitor which is in fact part of the daily life of ordinary people as the instrument for replicating haute classics, Lee, Lee Nam breaks the class barrier between fine art and popular culture completely, to an extent surpassing what were done by any past post-modernist seniors. Furthermore, his appropriation and transformation of classical images inspire us to rethink about the concepts of  “originality" and “reproduction". At an age when visual information are constantly replicated and scattered and our life is actually very much under the control of media, it is an issue truly meaningful.

In his avant-garde exploration of contemporary art concepts, his ambition is obvious. Nevertheless, the deeply rooted aesthetics and perceptions of the world inside him is still Oriental. “Landscape Using Ink Runs" starts with Chinese characters written in finest calligraphy drifting in a clear void which is reminiscent of the primeval sky. They gradually move close to and link up with each other like atoms in the process of grouping into molecules. Finally they are merged together to form the image of a landscape of Sesshu Toyo (the most prominent Japanese master in ink painting in the 15th century). At the same time, on the right top corner of the screen, there appears also a poem written by Jang Seung-eop (1843-1897), a distinguished Korean painter. The motion picture then shows a life journey shared universally: first comes spring fog, then summer rain, followed by autumn breeze and, lastly, snowflakes. When the cycle is done, the image disintegrates back into the same Chinese characters shown at the very beginning of the video. They diffuse in all directions going beyond the frame of the screen and thus disappear, ash to ash, dust to dust.

This exhibition will show 18 pieces of the latest representative works of LEE, Lee Nam.

時間: 2012年5月16日至6月30日

地點: 香港中環雪廠街20號地下季豐軒畫廊

香港季豐軒於2012年5月誠意呈獻“數影碼像”—— 韓國藝術家李二男個人作品展

李二男於1969年生於韓國全羅南道潭陽郡,於1995年畢業於韓國朝鮮大學藝術系。為韓國當代藝術近年迅速冒昇、炙手可熱的明星。現為聯合國教育、科學及文化組織創意城市顧問,作品內容更被編入韓國中學教科書。

他的作品曾於韓國及海外廣泛展覽,亦被重要美術館及機構收藏,包括青瓦臺(韓國總統府)、韓國當代美術館、瑞士烏利.希克品藏及耶魯大學。

他以尖端數碼技術從東方及西方藝術鉅著中抽取經典面貌,經過重塑、融合及變化,用以編製帶強烈個人風格的錄像作品。於是,傳統山水畫被搬進屏幕並長出四季生息,而自畫像裏的梵高在他的數碼中下活現,一面咬著煙斗吞雲吐霧,一面向觀眾眨眼。

李二男的作品大量採用了觀眾耳熟能詳的經典畫面造型,總令人感到親切舒適,但同時他對這些固有符號天馬行空的把弄和顛覆又絕不例外地帶來驚喜。在蒙娜.麗莎面前是如飛蟲般的先進軍機在穿梭,而這貴婦神秘的目光則不斷疑惑地追著這些不速之客左右顧盼。

在藝術家手裏,時間空間的界限完全消失,一切都可以錯置、重置,因而時間無限、空間無限。我們與權威符號相連的觀念都被解放,引出無窮無盡的另類可能性。

用了平民百姓日常生活一部分的電視屏幕來重塑高不可攀的殿堂藝術,李二男比任何過去的後現代前輩都更徹底地打破精雅藝術與通俗文化的階級距離。同時,他對經典影像的挪用與改裝觸動觀眾對“原作”與“複製”的觀念的再思考。在視覺資訊不斷衍生擴散,媒體實際在主宰著我們的生活的年代,李二男提出的這個課題深具意義。

對當代藝術理念的前衛探求,李二男的野心可見,然而他亦收藏著一份深厚的東方文人美學與世界觀。“山水流光”開始時是一堆優美書法寫成的中文字,在一片天地初開的混沌空間飄蕩。它們漸漸互相靠攏連結,有如原子合成分子。最後它們拼合出雪舟等楊(十五世紀日本最著名水墨畫家)的一幅山水。同時屏幕右上角襯上傑出韓國畫家張承業(1843-1897)的一首詩。畫面隨之演出一段普宇宙的生命旅程:春霧、夏雨、秋風,最後是冬雪。一圈既畢,畫中形相分解,變回影片開始時的中文字。它們從畫中飛散外逸、消失。塵歸塵、土歸土。

這展覽將展出18件李二男最新的代表作。

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關於【紳揆】

「藝隨心至,心至藝成」一向是我們對藝術的看法及心得,藝術本身應當没有形式上的限制,只要用心感受,藝術其實存在於我們生活上每一個細節,藝術本身也應當不受天資所限,只要用心創造,每一個人其實都能造出值得欣賞的藝術品。藝術之所以能修心養性,便是這個道理,亦可說得上是每一個人文社會上最佳的教化工具之一。在此理念上,【紳揆】以網上形式出現並成為一個以藝術文化為主題的平台,希望藉以推廣藝術及多建立一個渠道讓有興趣人士發表其藝術作品。

取名「紳揆」,就是希望此平台能藉著藝術分享讓每個讀者培養出溫文爾雅的態度及性情,而”Magaristo”則是”magazine” 與”aristocrat”的合併字而已。

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