Lee Ufan Exhibition as collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale
Dansaekwha | Approach With Lee Ufan
Acclaimed artist Lee Ufan will be presenting a series of new installations in a solo exhibition at the Palazzo Contarini Polignacas a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale. The artist has created five new site-specific works that echo his constant interrogation of the relationship between the painted and the unpainted, the occupied and empty space. In five prominent galleries, Lee Ufan introduces his signature rock installations and Dialogue paintings immersing the visitor in an encounter with a space that is at the same time untouched and engaged, reflecting the thin line between doing and non-doing that marks the artist’s ongoing exploration of the relationships of materials and perceptions rather than on expression or intervention.
Lee stated: “ I wanted to push further the idea of expression, not through an act of creating something form nothing, but rather by slightly manipulating things that already exist in order to give them more impact.” The exhibition’s focus on this notion of allusion rather than intervention is reflective of the philosophical and aesthetic paradigms that underpin his practice as one of Mono-ha’s main protagonists form the late 1960s onwards. The installations originate from Mono-ha’s interest in highlighting the relationships between artistic elements and the spaces around them.
Moreover, the exhibition in Venice will be in dialogue with a survey presentation of Dansaekhwa: The Korean Monochrome Movement that will be installed in the same palazzo. Dansaekhwa artists, for whom Lee Ufan has been an early inspiration, create their work by engaging in a process of a physical action that occupies a period of time and is centered on repetition and rhythm. Lee Ufan’s exhibition mirrors this process by engaging the visitors in a rhythmic journey punctuated by a process of gradual accumulation. The exhibition begins with installations comprising stone and gravel only, followed by a combination of both and ending with a final statement manifested in one small painting. Accordingly, the visitors’ physical encounter with the space is chartered along a series of accumulative environments that echo the artist’s own artistic process.
May 7–August 15, 2015
Opening: May 7, 7pm
Palazzo Contarini Polignac