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Kyong Lee

1967 Seoul, Korea, Republic of

31 Works exhibited

Current location

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Kyong Lee is a Korean abstract artist whose work reconciles physical and emotional realities through a multi-disciplined exploration of color, material, process and form. She lives and works in Seoul, Korea.

Lee received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hong-ik University in Seoul, Korea, in 1991. She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig, Germany, in 2000. 
From 2001-2002 she was the Artist in Residence at the internationally well known SSamzieSpace Studio Residence Program, Seoul, Korea.

Technique

Lee is dedicated to precision in her processes. She meticulously plans her color choices and dedicates a fixed amount of time to the mixing of each color. To create her gradated color paintings, she first layers tape in strips across the surfaces. Each layer of paint is applied over a fixed time span and allowed to rest for another fixed amount of time. This is a process of building up, layering, accumulating. The gradations express relationships between colors and moments. Some of her paintings feature text. For these works, Lee embosses the word she has selected for the piece into the surface first then applies a monochromatic hue that correlates to, and collaborates with, the chosen word. The color occupies the word and fills all of the space around it. For Lee, process is poetic, and essential to the meaning of the work.

Inspiration

In her work, Lee is responding to her emotional experiences within her physical surroundings. Color is her primary visual language. For her, color is not only self-referential. Color also relates to emotional states. It is a way of expressing feeling, of projecting thoughts, and of evoking the natural processes of life. Lee is inspired by the flow of time and the layering of experiences. She contemplates memory and the ways her vision of the past changes with the accumulation of time. She is also interested in automatism. Through unconscious processes she has made connections between different ways of communicating, such as associating specific words with particular hues in her Color as Adjective series. Additionally, Lee is concerned with the tilt of the planet on its axis. Earth is tilted at 23.5 degrees, a condition which causes us to experience the seasons in the way that we do. Lee wonders if there is a correlation here between our false assumption that we are standing horizontally and other assumptions we make, such as our assumptions about, as she says, "the horizon of emotions."

Work by Lee is in multiple public and institutional collections, including that of the Seoul Museum of Art, the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Bank, Seoul, Korea.

Exhibitions

Work by Lee Kyong has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Korea and Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include Color as Adjective II in Chonan, South Korea, and Feeling, Language and Color in Seoul.

Solo Exhibitions

2018      Gallery Choi, Seoul
2016      Color as Adjective II, galleria centercity, Chonan
2014      Feeling, Language and Color, Gallery Royal, Seoul *
2013      Color as Adjective, Multipurpose Art Hall EMU, Seoul *
2012      Kyong Lee, Hansung Auto Gallery, Seoul
2011      mögliche Farbhorizonte, Gallery Art Sagan, Seoul *
2009      The silent world, Erl Gallery, Seoul *
               A faraway land, Leehyun Gallery, Seoul
2008      Painting with no Evidence, Gallery Doll, Seoul *
2007      The fascination of equilibrium, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju
2006      Collected landscape, Seo Young Artist, Seo gallery, Seoul
2003      Dailyscape, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul *
2002      Zeit 2002_Site, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul
2000      Water, Holiday Inn hotel, Hannover, Germany
1999      Kyong Lee, Sperling GbR, Braunschweig, Germany
1998      Kyong Lee, Kreishaus im Kulturamt, Helmstedt, Germany
               Kyong Lee, Nord Deutsche Rundfunk(NDR), Braunschweig, Germany
               Formlos-formbar, WOGA-Pavillon, Braunschweig, Germany
               Formlos-formbar II, Autohaus Holzberg, Braunschweig, Germany
1996      Art in the hall, BKB, Helmstedt, Germany

Group Exhibitions

2016
The colors in korean life and culture, National folk museum of Korea, Seoul
Selected EDITION Art & Design, Shinsegae Gallery Centumcity, Busan
Open Studio-double act III, Danwol studio, Yangpyeong
Craving Colors, 63 Art Museum, Seoul
Lee Kyong x SSHB, a-route Art platform, Seoul

2015
Following traces, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju
Learning Knowledge of Nature, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea
The Memory of europe, Art space Hoseo, Seoul

2014
SeMA Collection-Gift, seoul museum of art, Seoul *
COLOR, Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Goyang *
The other art fair, London
Open Studio Project-double act II, Danwol Studio, Yangpyeong, Korea

2013
YISANG-DUCHAMP, Museum of Korean Modern Literature, Seoul *
Changwon Asian Art Festival, Sungsan Arts Hall, Changwon *
The Passage of the Time, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju *

2012
Out of Frame, Interalia Art, Seoul *
Harmony, ujung Art Center, Seoul
Travel Art-Artists on the Road, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan *
White, Arte Giani, Frankfurt, Germany
Open Studio Project-double act, Hanglin Dongsan, YoungIn, Korea

2011
Maeulmisul-Happiness Project 2011, YeongCheon, Korea *

2010
The Painting, Gallery ArtSagan, Seoul
ColorxArtxPlayx2, Goyang Oulim Nuri Arts Center, Goyang *
Free Style : A Dialogue Between Art and Design, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul *
Remind, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju *
Samda Stories-The Wind - Special Exhibition 2010 0f Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju *
Two Person Exhibition with Kim Hyungsup, 123Gallery, Seoul
Color & Stripes, Jangheung Art Park-Red Space, Jangheung

2009
Colorist, KAIST Art & Research, Leehyun Seoul Gallery, Seoul
Hongik Art & Design Festival, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul *
New Brave World, Seoul Auction, Shinsegae centumcity, Busan

2008
Wander on the Sky, 63 Sky Art Museum, Seoul
Re-recording, Grimson Gallery, Seoul *
Ssamzie Space 1998-2008, Ssamzie Space, Seoul *
SeMA 2008, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul *
Up to the minute, Korea Art Center, Busan
Youngeun Residency, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju *

2007 
Forum, Artist Forum International, ARTIST1:1CRITIC, Project Space Sarubia *
Anonymous drawings 6, Anke Becker, Meinblau e.V. Berlin, Germany
Seo+Love, Seogallery, Seoul

2006
The Creation of speculated Landscape, DECOYA Inc. Seoul
A Walk between Nature & Culture, Korea Land Corporation, Pangyo
Pre-International Incheon Women Artist's Biennale, Multiculture & Arts center, Incheon

2004
Sketch, Gallery Demain, Seoul *

2003
New Image Artist-Daegu Art Expo 2003, EXCO, Daegu *

2002
Blue, Gallery La Meer, Seoul *
Open-studio in Ssamzie space, Seoul *

2001
Crossing Parallels between, Ssamziespace in Seoul and Lance Fung Gallery in New York *

2000 
Meisterschüler 2000, Wilkewerke, Braunschweig, Germany
Kunstpreis WELDE 2000, Plankstadt, Germany
With Anna-L. Menzel, Landgericht Niedersachsen, Braunschweig, Germany *

1999
Klassenausstellung, Schloß Seggerde, Germany

1998
Andreas Kunstpreis 1998, St. Andreasberg, Germany
Three people exhibition, Handwerkskammer, Braunschweig, Germany
MEWA Kunstpreis 1998, Wiesbaden, Germany *

1996
Wasser-with S. Malaka, Stadtbad Braunschweig, Germany

1991
New Frontier, Kyungin Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Grants

2014 Arts Council Korea, Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture, Korea
2013 Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture, Korea
2011 Gyeong-Gi Cultural Foundation, Korea
2009 Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture, Korea
2008 Arts Council Korea, Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture, Korea

Public Collections

Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Bank, Korea 
63Sky Art Museum, Korea
Jeju Museum of Art, Korea
Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, 
Ssamzie Collection, Korea
Volkswagen AG Wolfsburg, Germany
Nord Deutsche Landes Bank Hannover, Germany 
Landgericht Niedersachsen Braunschweig, Germany

Works by Kyong Lee

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2015

60.6 x 60.6 cm

3200,00 €

2018

60.6 x 60.6 cm

3200,00 €

2018

60.6 x 60.6 cm

3200,00 €

2018

35 x 35 cm

2018

35 x 35 cm

2018

35 x 35 cm

2018

35 x 35 cm

2018

35 x 35 cm

2018

35 x 35 cm

2018

55 x 75 cm

2018

55 x 75 cm

2017

55 x 75 cm

2018

55 x 75 cm

2019

48 x 36.3 cm

2018

91 x 72.7 cm

4600,00 €

2018

91 x 72.7 cm

4600,00 €

2017

38 x 33 cm

2017

38 x 33 cm

2017

38 x 33 cm

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