"Becoming" Seung Ae Lee Solo Exhibition
City: Beijing
Curator: Wonseok Koh
Duration: 2018-07-07 ~ 2018-09-09
Venue: de-ArtCenter
Address: 3 Zhangzizhong Road, Dongcheng, Beijing (inside Duan Qirui Former Government Building)
Participating Artist(s): Seung Ae Lee

We are pleased to announce our new exhibition Becoming by Korean artist Seung Ae Lee opening at de Art Center on Saturday 7th July 17:00. Works exhibited include animation videos as well as a site-specific work executed on the wall of the space. This exhibition is curated by Wonseok Koh the guest curator of de Art Center.

Currently based in London, Lee is active on art making. In the last few years, the artist has been concentrating on animation works based on her pencil drawings on paper, by which she became celebrated internationally. To initial an art making, Lee would firstly draw an image which is erased by a rubber to turn the original picture to a new one. Constantly repeating the drawing and erasing, traces remained and new elements are overlapped and accumulated until only the final transformed image and the traces of erasure remain in the end. Based on thousands of drawings, these images are finally made into a video with music composed by Lee herself.

Unpredictable fluidity is the essence of Lee’s works. Before drawing, the artist would intentionally avoid having any narrative structure or theme. Instead she focuses on the image in front of her and strive to capture sensibilities raised. By doing so, the continuous transformation of the image becomes a series of metamorphoses abiding the artist’s intuitive sense in her perception of form. Such intuitive flows finalize in a unique narrative that escapes the anticipation of even the artist herself.

For example, in the 10-minute animation Becoming, two thousand drawings are comprised. These images transform freely into various forms, transcending limitations of time and space. When entering the exhibition, audiences will step into an affluent world of irrationality and unpredictability.

The exhibition is the third Asian Project of de Art Center, after ‘Masashi Echigo: Made in China’ and ‘Ju Anqi: 1.5~2ºC Lower than Body Temperature’

About the artist

Seung Ae Lee (b. 1979, Seoul) graduated from Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul with a BA in Painting and obtained an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London .

Lee’s sophisticated drawing animations are a series of spontaneous pencil drawings that repeat the process of erasing and redrawing on paper, continuously leaving traces of the previous stage. Each stage transforms into the next, with the new movement (or drawing) inspired by the previous stage. Developed through autonomous ideas and movements, Lee's drawings often depict segregated parts of the body, natural organisms, and nostalgic items. The sound effects of percussions complement the visual imagery – and at the same time, the drawings also visually respond to sounds, as the percussion becomes the subject of depiction.

Lee’s work has been exhibited at various international venues, including Anima Mundi 2017 International Art Festival, Venice (2017), The Fourth Guangzhou Triennial (2012), Doosan Art Gallery, New York (2011) Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul (2009), the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2009) and Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul (2009). She is the winner of the Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust Prize 2016 (London). In 2013, she was awarded the Gucci Young Artist Grant (Seoul) and in 2009, her works were selected by the Google Cultural Institute as part of t he online Google Arts & Culture . Her works are widely collected by private and public collections including Arario Collection, Christie's and Doosan Collection to name a few.


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