Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by Minho LEE.
Minho Lee (1959-) is an artist from Seoul, Korea. She started her career as a painter in Paris in 1990, then moved on to photography in the late 1990’s. Her consistent theme is “lost identity and anonymity.” In the series “Portable Landscape” in 2009 she nested a picture in another one so that different times and/or spaces can coexist in one frame. She continued this inquiry in “Strange Site” in 2012 by digitally processing fragments of photos that are unrelated with each other in order to free them from their original context. These patchworks of landscapes, which are composed of pictures she took in her everyday life, vividly illustrate not only our society in which all reality is replaced with simulacra, but also some kind of mixture of the personal, inner history and the history of art in the art world today.
In this exhibition, we will present Lee’s recent series of works dealing with “thread.” This motif is unique in the possibility of having its two ends on different times and places, like in a myth “Ariadne’s Thread.” In this myth, Theseus strays into a labyrinth, a kind of space that imposes on us “infinite repetition,” or (in-) possibility to find the exit, the artist says. The series “Fil rouge (Red Thread)” is, with a small clew wandering into a labyrinthine space, suggestive of this Greek myth while in the other series “Fil blanc (White Thread)”, her own interpretation of the story is interwoven with a mysteriously-placed huge white clew. This strange white clew suggests the state of our existence today that is independent of any time or space. In the myth, a clew led Theseus to the exit of the labyrinth, while in her works it tries to leave a trace in vain, by traveling places where we cannot identify or cannot tell if it can find any exit at all. Exposed in the middle of the modern labyrinth, however, this huge clew looks bewildered as well as somehow relaxed. Perhaps we, who are rootlessly floating “in the absolute of homogeneous space,” have started to accept, though in confusion, a new state of being that is bound-free of any relationship to the reality.
By highlighting the dual anonymity of time/space and humanity, and by symbolizing our existence in it, this series of works becomes a fruitful outcome of her consistent exploration. At the same time, the series effectively depicts a kind of “(absent) mythology” of the contemporary world.
This is LEE’s 4th solo show held at our gallery after 6 years interval. Please do not miss this opportunity. We are very happy to see you at the gallery.
【Selected solo Exhibitions】
1996Bernanos Gallery, Paris
1997De Buci Gallery, Paris
1998Kunstherberg Gallery, Hommerts, Netherland
1999Grande Loge Museum France , Paris
De Buci Gallery, Paris
Gong-Pyong Art Center , Seoul
2000La Nacelle, Aubergenville Culture Center , Aubergenville , France
Taylor Foundation, Paris
2001De Buci Gallery, Paris
2003Saint-Cyprien Contemporary Art Center , Pyrenees Orientales , France
Identity Photo , Junglebook Gallery, Ilsan
2004So far so close, De Buci Gallery, Paris
We live here , Hall of Company Semea 15, Paris
2006We are here , Goyang international Art Studio Gallery, Goyang
2007We live here, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe
Portable Landscape , Trunk Gallery, Seoul
2008Portable Landscape-on the road, on the dot , at Gallery Touchart and Heyri Art Gallery
2009Portable Landscape , Gallery yamaki Fine Art, Kobe
Portable Landscape ? baroque Imaginatio, K&N Gallery, Seoul
2012Linked Landscape , Trunk Gallery, Seoul
2012Invisible City Strange Site, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Japan
2015Labyrinth Ariandne's thread , Space 22 ,Seoul, Korea
2017Abstract journey , Imura Art Gallery ,Kyoto, Japan
【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2014“Moving Triennale made in Busan” Ferry terminal, Busan Made in Fukuoka, Japan
2015“Biennale d” Issy_Noir et blanc, un duel éternel” National Museum Carte a jouer, France
2016”Six perspectives on landscape” Muan Seungwoo Oh Museum of Art, Muan, Korea
2017“Seoul photo festival” Changdong Art plattform 61, Seoul
SessionTue. Feb 6, 2018 - Thu. Mar 1, 2018 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Hours11:00－13:00 / 14:00－19:00
PlaceGallery Yamaki Fine Art
Venue3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022
ContactTEL: 078-391-1666 FAX : 078-391-1667 MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)