Centre Pompidou Mez Presents "Lee Ufan. Inhabiting Time"

Image courtesy of  Lee Ufan Studio.

Image courtesy of Lee Ufan Studio.

Image courtesy of  Lee Ufan Studio.

Image courtesy of Lee Ufan Studio.

From 27th February to 30th September 2019, Centre Pompidou Metz presents "Lee Ufan. Inhabiting Time" the exhibition of Lee Ufan’s oeuvre from the late 60s to the recent period.  This retrospective exhibition focus on how his artistic language of Dansaekhwa (Korean Monochrome Painting) developed through over 50 years. Through his philosophical approach to art, he is always trying to capture the sensitive relationship between the inner and outside, energy and stasis to evoke the idea of time and Asian aesthetics. So, The show deals with to present how his one of works influences to the next works as a sense of phase and series.  Based on questioning to himself about material, media, and form of work, Ufan leads himself to be challenged and evolved his artistic vocabulary.

In the case of western cultures have a great interest in an individual element named as independence, but Asian cultures have a strong collective tendency form of interdependence. That may be why the basis of Eastern ideology is concentrated on nature that harmony between nature and human emotions is considered as the best aesthetic and ethical value. Ufan’s Dansaekhwa is the best example of accumulated ideas of aiming the unity with nature, which is far different from Western monochrome painting. So, Ultimately, what he is seeking is the discovery of the fundamental meaning that is inherent in the production process of drawing the line with emptying the mind rather than the formative outcome.

Arguably, through those processes of works, it reveals the relationship between the world, things, and human beings that Dansaekhwa artist eventually tries to explore. Moreover, each of work leads the viewer to experience the immediate emotional connection with the environment except just looking the one work. In other words, his almost meditated work invites the viewer to become slow down and take a step backward from the world.

Image courtesy of  Centre Pompidou Metz .

Image courtesy of Centre Pompidou Metz.

Image courtesy of  Centre Pompidou Metz .

Image courtesy of Centre Pompidou Metz.

By JIYONG SIM
Jiyong is a contemporary fine artist and curator based in New York and South Korea.