Jaehyo Lee: Beyond Nature

Venue: 320 S Cedros Ave, Ste. 200
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Contact us: 858-523-9155

Solana Beach, California – Madison Gallery presents noted South Korean artist Jaehyo Lee’s third solo exhibition, Beyond Nature. The artist creates a direct narrative with nature in his innovative approach and creative process. Combining distinct traces of Land Art, Arte Povera and Minimalism Lee’s works cast a questioning eye over the roots of form, its function and its role within the natural world. The sculptures of polished big cone pine, larch, and chestnut act in unison, embodying both natural and manmade forms; they enhance the natural possibilities of the wood, a material with suggestively lyrical qualities. Lee not only makes projects about nature, he also works within nature, so that his sculptures both describe and exemplify the natural world.

“Nature seems chaotic and violent depending on how it is viewed, but Lee finds the source of autogeny in a sphere.  A circle is a figure closely and symbolically related to co-existence, integrity and the found of all beings.  When this circle is materialized into a body, it becomes a sphere. Therefore, the symbolic representation that a grain of all livings originating from this basic rounded body is the starting point of spheres which continue to appear in his works.”  Taeman Choi, Art Critic

Lee’s work shows immense respect for natural materials, but also the will to dominate what nature has provided. One is immediately struck by the perfection of his craftsmanship and led to reflect on the many long hours of hard physical labor that must have gone into the production of these immaculate, yet also intricate objects.

Jaehyo Lee’s artwork plays with the oft-contested boundaries between contemporary art and design. Lee’s works are widely collected in public and private collections across Europe, Asia and North America. Amongst many other distinctions Jaehyo was in 1998 Grand Prize Winner at the Osaka Triennial and in 2002 recipient of the prestigious Irish Sculpture in Woodland commission. His last larger Museum exhibition was at the Seongnam Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea.

Founded in 2001, Madison Gallery is committed to representing emerging, mid-career and established international artists whom work in a range of media. Inspired by an earnest dedication and passion for art, the gallery consistently exhibits a high standard of contemporary art. Madison Gallery works closely in building private, corporate and public collections thus placing it amongst the leading contemporary galleries in California. Blouin Modern Painters Magazine has recognized our program for the fifth year in a row as one of the Top 500 galleries worldwide.

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