The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the works of the artist Hochoul Lee to the UK public.
In this exhibition, Lee will display new pieces from the series “A Second in Thousands”.
Lee’s recent works have focussed on the meaning of human cognitive functions, and his works are greatly influenced by philosophy. Lee’s inspiration for this series of works comes from the worrying problems related to political issues, the spread of racism and the growth of nationalism, and he believes that the collapse of traditional ethics is related to a lack of imagination and acceptance towards individuality.
In the present environment, people continuously process complicated information, standardized elements and results derived from statistics. This leads us to forget the uniqueness and originality of each individual.
In order not to succumb to the fear that the power of imagination in our modern society is declining, Lee is reminding himself of the importance of imagining individuality through repetitive physical activities in his works.
About the contributors
Hochoul Lee (b.1984) was awarded an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2019 after several years working as an artist with local art projects in Hiroshima. He also received an MA in Metal Casting at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2011. His solo exhibitions include Condensation Of Perception, Chisaikaisya, 2015; We Could Be Turned Inside Out In The Jell, Komyoji-Kaikan, 2015. His work has also been displayed in group exhibitions, including My Friends Are Geniuses II – Recent Graduate Exhibition, White Conduit Projects, 2019; Only Connect Osaka, CCO Creative Centre Osaka, 2019; Artist Social Reproduction, Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA, 2018. Some of his works are owned by private collections.
Lee is trying to revive people’s sensibility whilst stimulating human perceptions and recognition. Philosophy and modern thought are what give him inspiration, and he uses naive methods and simple materials to materialise and visualize his works. He aims to maximize the conceptual meaning behind the works and the physical impression of the materials.
Private View: Fragments of Information by Hochoul Lee
Thursday 13 February 2020
Artist Talk: Hochoul Lee in conversation with Jonathan Watkins
Thursday 12 March 2020