More works by Lee Lee Nam

Lee Lee Nam


South Korean artist, Lee Lee Nam combines fine art and technology in his works, using LED monitors to represent traditional Asian sceneries. This use creates a striking duality between both traditional and modern image of Asia, fitting perfectly with contemporary issues of globalization. This treatment by the artist appears like a positive message of hope: traditional and precious heritage continues to live through inventions of the XXI century. Those screens and modern technique do not delete and replace cultural heritage but rather support it, giving it a new light.

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  • +Artist Bio

    South Korean artist, Lee Lee Nam creates innovative and dynamic aesthetic masterpieces by combining the use of technology with classic representations, using monitors to replace canvases and translating his work into "pure, moving image art". Born in 1969 at Damyang, Lee graduated with a Ph.D in 2007 from Yongsei University, Seoul, Korea.  His creations of post-modern video artwork are as fictitious as dreams overlapping reality and one's illusions, encompassing both the traditional and modern image. Lee's artistic displays are found in New York, Beijing, Germany, Washington, and he has held over 200 exhibitions worldwide.     Read More

  • +Critique

    Revival of a famous picture in cyberspace

    Postmodernism's originality, in addition to its unique creative base, incorporates recent styles, techniques and contemporary methods of expression - not the least of which is the use of the technological advancements of cyberspace. An easily identifiable aspect of postmodernism is the reworking of famous classical artworks, and the borrowing of partial segments of these images which reworks classical art to be more aligned with modern sensibilities.

    This is the case with Lee Lee Nam's latest work where he introduces new meaning, modification and movement to famous classical art. Rather than parody traditional works or assume a critical attitude towards the cultural reality of the day, he assimilates his views in an affirmative manner to create a new or different story. The kernel of his revised vision relies on the power of technology and movement.

    Lee vests new and vital power into famous classical art by administering technological insertions, and by substituting realistic movement for potential movement of an image for viewing on a screen. His adaptations span past centuries to recent decades. He doesn't pursue far-fetched or exaggerated changes but rather subtly conveys the impression his alterations are more an emphasis or extension of the original artist's intent.

    Take, for example, Jan Vermeer van Delt's "Girl With A Pearl Earring" where he has added a single teardrop to the maiden's eye. That single teardrop empowers the original with a lyrical depth of sorrow felt by Vermeer van Delt and his servant in the throes of their hopeless love. The viewer directly experiences a subtle hyper-space-time transition that arouses heartfelt sympathy for the impossibility of a couple's love for each other. Lee's cyberspace embellishments can be further seen with a fly following the butterfly in Shinsaimdang's "Chochungdo", snow in Kim Hong-do's "Mukjukdo" and a swimmer becoming a fish in Monet's pond - all of which serve to heighten the impact of the artists' original images and introduce a new way of viewing the works.

    Lee's creative approach through the hyper-space-time continuum can be likened to the medical act of a doctor arousing an unconscious patient from a physical surgical operation. The vitality of his art not only gives life to the spirit of the original classical images but also imbibes them with new meaning and contemporary commentary. 

    Hee-rang Kim
    Curator, Gwangju Museum of Art

  • +Exhibitions

    Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju 

    Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju 

    Gwangju Media and Culture Center, Gwangju 

    Gwangju Media Art Center, Gwangju 

    Seoul Arts Center Hangaram Museum, Seoul 

    Gwangju Media Art Center, Gwangju 

    Namdo Culture and Art Center, Gwangju 

    Namdo Culture and Art Center, Gwangju 

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