kwangho lee: 'touch' exhibition at kukje gallery, seoul kwangho lee: 'touch' exhibition at kukje gallery, seoul
apr 28, 2010

kwangho lee: 'touch' exhibition at kukje gallery, seoul

kwang-ho lee: touch kukje gallery, seoul on now until may 16th, 2010

cactus no.47, 2010 oil on canvas 250x300cm ©lee kwang-ho, courtesy kukje gallery korean artist kwang-ho lee’s most recent work is on view at kukje gallery, seoul. in creating the new cactus and landscape series, lee has experimented with various techniques such as scratching, rubbing of the paintbrush, and tapping on the canvas whilst enlarging the subject to its extreme to make the cactus seem like a type of abstraction. as a result, the small cacti can appear animal-like, rouse a unique phallic aura, and be reminiscent of a monument or even a model from his previous work ‘inter-view’ series.

in contrast, the landscape series deals with empty spaces found in nature. lee presents us with familiar open spaces consisting of woods and forests, sky and movement of the wind. the landscapes are not particularly beautiful or nostalgic but upon closer observation, the depicted subjects actually disappear, revealing only a layer of paint comprised of countless, precise brushstrokes, and markings of a meticulous knife work. in the end, the abstract surface of the landscape series is actually quite similar to that of the cactus paintings. the artist has attempted to create not only a realistic transfer of the subject onto the canvas but to investigate the fundamental question of painting – the act of painting itself.

exhibition view image © designboom cactus no.33, 2009 oil on canvas 259.1×193.9cm image © designboom cactus no.31, 2009 oil on canvas 259.1x170cm image © designboom

exhibition view image © designboom cactus no.30, 2008 oil on canvas 259.1×181.8cm ©lee kwang-ho, courtesy kukje gallery

cactus no.37, 2009 oil on canvas 227.3×181.8cm image © designboom

cactus no.36, 2009 oil on canvas 200x200cm image © designboom

detail © designboom

image © designboom

cactus no.45, 2010 oil on canvas 130.3x97cm image © designboom

cactus no.44, 2010 oil on canvas 130.3x97cm image © designboom

image © designboom cactus no.40, 2009 oil on canvas 193.9×130.3cm ©lee kwang-ho, courtesy kukje gallery

image © designboom

kangwado, 2010 oil on canvas 130.3×162.1cm ©lee kwang-ho, courtesy kukje gallery

  • awesome!!

    VITO says:
  • Lovely work

    Bosco says:
  • a little bit phallic? =)

    Leo says:
  • I’m in love. Wonder how much these are selling for.

    steve says:
  • cactus love,
    simply beatifull:)

    rl85 says:
  • intense

    Gail Walker says:
  • Absolutely magnificent. I am stunned.

    Dara says:
  • Really shooking, a very pleassement shock of color and textture in the eyes and soul, magnificent 😉

    Nancy Abdala says:
  • Fantastic!! The oil paintings are splendidly lifelike.

    Meredith Lee Priesmeyer says:

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