‘face trace 01’ by hyungkoo lee, 2012 resin, artificial teeth, stainless steel wire, acrylic, aluminum plate, bolt 36 x 22.4 x 23cm

hyungkoo lee: face trace gallery skape, seoul, korea on now through november 23rd, 2012

korean artist hyungkoo lee is well known for his quirky art based on his research of physiognomy, and has again deconstructed anatomy as part of his ‘face trace’ exhibition at gallery skape in seoul. the new body of work comes after two years of dormancy, however presents a striking ensemble of sculptures true to form of lee’s artistic capacity – infusing his signature elements of wit and humor.

lee captures his own various facial expressions and intentionally fragments them into several parts, he then reassembles them according to his studies of physiognomy, to compose completely different figures. the outcomes are created by overlapping skull structures of several human racial types and different parts of lee’s multiple facial expressions – a process informed by facial reconstruction used in forensic science. the work explores the border between incompleteness and completion through the unusual medium of the human body.

hyungkoo lee: face trace   deconstructed anatomy sculptures ‘face trace 03‘, 2012 resin, artificial teeth, stainless steel wire, acrylic, aluminum plate, bolt

hyungkoo lee: face trace   deconstructed anatomy sculptures ‘face trace 04‘, 2012 resin, artificial teeth, stainless steel wire, acrylic, aluminum plate, bolt

hyungkoo lee: face trace   deconstructed anatomy sculptures ‘face trace 09‘, 2012 resin, artificial teeth, stainless steel wire, acrylic, aluminum plate, bolt

hyungkoo lee: face trace   deconstructed anatomy sculptures side view

hyungkoo lee: face trace   deconstructed anatomy sculptures the artwork captures the artist’s own facial expressions which are then reassembled according to methods used in forensic science

hyungkoo lee: face trace   deconstructed anatomy sculptures the pieces combine various racial types int he reconstruction

hyungkoo lee: face trace   deconstructed anatomy sculptures rear view

hyungkoo lee: face trace   deconstructed anatomy sculptures installation view of the artwork

hyungkoo lee: face trace   deconstructed anatomy sculptures the work infuses wit and humor – characteristic of lee’s work