August 17 ~ September 3, 2009
Sang Yong Lee was born in
a small village surrounded by the sublime Kye Ryong Mountain Range in
Gong-ju, S. Korea that impacted his monumental style. Growing up with
these mountains in sight affected him to produce simple yet powerful works
that speak to nature while epitomizing the directness associated with
Koreans. As early as nine years old, Lee remembers being an unusual kid.
He was already making sculptures out of soap bars, or from tree logs.
He even collected all sorts of disposed materials, or trash and constructing
them into beautiful assemblages. Thus, his whole house was an exhibition
site containing the strange accumulation of his development as an artist
and the manifestations of his dream.
As a contemporary artist, Lee possesses a fascinating ability to change freely any object or material into imaginative and powerful artworks. Lee has undergone a development that included Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract, and Pop art styles. Lee has arrived to his mature style after having passed through the constructivist aesthetic of Schwitters combined with the Dada assemblage of Arp. Lee has been living in New York since 2008, and has enjoyed many international exhibitions but this is his first one person show in New York.
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