|During the last few years, artist Hyun-sook Lee has shown an ongoing interest to directly face institutions of power and the subjectification processes these generate before individuals. The photographs and installations comprised in this exhibition share a performance act where the artist herself. The use of sardonic narrative, creating images of fantasy and dream-like environments in her work, are elements of humor to dismantle the institutions of control, the historical moments and even the myths that have created inequalities among citizens. |
Therefore, certain works comment about the way that throughout history and in our contemporary idiosyncrasy, silent stone statues have been the ones with a non-privileged position in the process of construction of religious. However, far from victimizing the social visibility and mobility of symbol in the public sphere, her work finds its critical point when it over-exposes the origins.
Be it by hammering upon the archetype of a social-religious order; by battering the father of the political philosophy of the Illustration period who built the basis for western democracy; by de-petrifying the iconography of art history or by throwing stones to the productive machine of industrial capitalism (factories), the works in this exhibition unveil that religious symbol statues is a continued process of emancipation before all hierarchical structures that have limited and still do, the empowerment of an individual.
Hyun-Sook has been called the white paper Lady. Maybe that's because Hyun-Sook has a drop off from all kind social complex before start search subject that are carried on tour with her Linhof Camera. But that's only one color in her mind, and Hyun-Sook likes to create with them all. The rest of the time, Hyun-Sook is an artist, author and goofball who carry her heavy analog large format camera with her everywhere she goes.
“A storm was approaching me, yet this scrub oak appeared strong and defiant, ready to handle whatever was coming. And it gave me strength.” She said.
The exhibition was organized by MEG, from the Community of KOREA AMERICAN culture development foundation, with the collaboration of KOREAN & AMERICAN ASSOCIATION society (Cultural Exterior).
Michael SY. Choi PhD
Micro Energy Group founder and KOREAN- AMERICAN culture development foundation Chairman