LEE DongwookBiograpy

Dongwook Lee’s works focus on the contradictions that are fundamentally inherent in human existence and life. Exquisitely hyper-realistic and surrealistically imagined renditions of his miniature human figures are staged in absurd situations in Lee’s works, in which the bleak everyday life transforms into poetic horror. In Lee’s work, a fragile warrior is wearing his own flesh as his armor, and the naked child stands with innocent face in front of blood-stained killing (which he might have committed). His oeuvre stands at an odd intersection of life and death, beauty and cruelty, civilization and wild, and reality and fantasy, unfolding a world of fantasy where people are severed from reality.

 

이동욱의 작품 세계를 관통하는 맥락은 기본적으로 인간과 삶 속에 내제된 모순들에 대한 관심이다. 정교한 극사실적 묘사와 초현실적 환상이 응축된 미니어처 인간 개체들에 부조리하게 설정된 상황들을 충돌시키는 그의 작품들에서 일상은 음산하지만 서정적인 호러로 탈바꿈된다. 자신의 살(flesh)로 만들어진 갑옷을 입은 상처받기 쉬운 전사, 혈흔 가득한 살생 (자신이 저질렀을 지도 모르는) 앞에 아무것도 모르는 표정으로 서 있는 벌거벗은 아이의 모습… 삶과 죽음, 아름다움과 참혹함, 문명과 야생, 현실과 환상이 기묘하게 교차된 그의 작품은 우리로 하여금 외부로부터 단절된 인간이 존재하는 가상의 세계를 경험하도록 해준다.

b. 1976, Lives in Seoul, Korea

Biography

2003    M.F.A Dept. of Painting, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

2001    B.F.A Dept. of Painting, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

2014    The Average Affliction, Coner Art Space, Seoul, Korea

2013    Charlott Lund Galerie, Stockholm, Sweden

2012    Love Me Sweet, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul, Korea

          Love Me Tender, DOOSAN gallery, New York, USA

2008    Cross Breeding, Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland

2006    Breeding Pond, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul, Korea

2004    Mouthbreeder, Brain Factory, Seoul, Korea

2003    Inbreeding, KEPCO Plaza, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibitions

2014    Pillars, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul, Korea

          Really?, ARARIO MUSEUM in Space, Seoul, Korea

2013    Detail, Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea

2012    Doosan Residency Artists 2009-2011, Doosan Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011    Korean Eye: Energy and Matter, Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA

          Artists with ARARIO 2011, Part II, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul, Korea

          A Glocal View: Korean Contemporary Art, Upsala Art Museum, Upsala, Sweden

          38N Snow South: Korean Contemporary Art, Charlott Lund Galerie, Stockholm, Sweden

2010    Artists with ARARIO, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul, Korea

          Made in Popland, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

2009    Resonance Green Korea-Climate Change in the Bosom of Culture, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul Korer

          Resonance Green Korea-Climate Change in the Bosom of Culture, Fredericksberg Townhall, Copenhagen, Denmark

          Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

          Conflicting Tales - Inaugural Exhibition of the Burger Collection, Zimmerstrasse, Berlin, Germany

          Ultra Skin, Space C Coreana Art & Culture Complex, Seoul, Korea

          Korean Eye: Moon Generation, Standard Chartered First Bank, Seoul, Korea

          Korean Eye: Moon Generation, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2008    Daily Life in Korea; In Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Diplomatic Relationship Between Korea and Thailand,

          The Queen’s Gallery, Thailand

          Hyunjhin Baik, Donghee Koo, Dongwook Lee Group Show, ARARIO GALLERY, Beijing, China

          Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2007    Contemporary Korean Art: Wonderland, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

          Disturbed: New Art from Korea, Peres Project, Berlin, Germany

          Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile

          Skin of in Contemporary Art, The Osaka Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

2006    Give me Shelter, Union Galley, London, UK

          Egomania, Civica Gallery, Modena, Italy

2005    Beautiful Cynicism, ARARIO GALLERY Beijing, China

2004    Alchemy of Daily Life, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

          New Face 2004: Art in Culture Emerging Artist Competition, Dukwon gallery, Seoul, Korea

2003    A Slice of Contemporary Art, LCM gallery, Ilsan, Korea

2002    Dream of Butterfly, Hongik University Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

2011    Jul 01 ~ Dec 31, DOOSAN Residency, New York, USA

 

COLLECTIONS 

Burger Collection, Germany

Rubell Family Collection, USA

Lohengrin Enterprises, USA

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

Today Art Museum, China

ARARIO MUSEUM, Korea