In the 1970s, when monochromatic art (Dansaekhwa) was prevalent, Lee was a trailblazer. In addition to being a founding member of the artist group Space and Time, he was also a pioneer of performance art in Korea. However, his practice also includes sculpture, installation, and video work. For the artist’s third exhibition at the gallery, works from his iconic series (that he began in 1976), ‘Bodyscape’ will be on view, as well as performance videos such as ‘Relay Life’ and ‘Five Steps’.
For his ‘Bodyscape’ works, Lee created bold and dynamic abstractions, with his experimentations of approaching canvases from various angles to create documentations of his physical relationships. This is a wonderful opportunity to see works by a pioneering performance artist, who was unafraid to stage hundreds of performances in the 1970s to address the social climate of the time.