Jungdong LEE
(b. 1972, Korea)
Jungdong LEE received his MFA in Painting from Hongik University, South Korea in 2014. He has extensively exhibited in monumental exhibitions across his homeland in Soma Drawing Center, Gana Insa Art Center, Somin Art Center, Busan Art Show and Hwarang Art Festival, among others. He won the prestigious Grand Award for painting and sculpture at the 39th Busan National Art Competition. Lee has created a very distinct visual language that incorporates mixed media like vinyl, acrylics, pens, ink and pencils in a diverse manner. The overlapping nature of his work alludes to the interconnectedness and overlaying nature of our existence, which is suspended between reality and virtuality. Drawing from the conceptual nature of Paik Nam June’s embracement of multimedia technologies, Lee also envisions identity in a constant state of flux. Paik’s dictum of “I am always not what I am and I am always what I am not” resonates within the works of Lee. Paik’s works like TV Buddha become works that further the point of enquiry for Lee. In the digital age, the artist’s work questions the very nature of identity. Lee’s new body of works uses vinyl as the substratum, upon which he superimposes meticulous dots and lines. He first encountered a piece of creased vinyl with a pen scribble in the trashcan. For him, the scribble represented a scar and reminded him of the loss of his father to cancer. As a result of this personal affinity, he embraced the medium, meticulously experimenting with its tensility, tactility and fragility, to make diaphanous works that merged hand drawings with computer-generated images.

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