TREE OF LIFE
An artist must meet the eleven different requirements in order to shoot a series of ‘Tree of Life’. First of all, three different types of light are needed, i.e. a natural light, a flash and a searchlight. Five different types of film (size 4X5) are used as the color is different depending on what film it is. It is mainly because that basic color from each film turns to be different due to a long time of exposure. Smoke must be sprinkled and two cameras are needed, i.e. a main camera for filming and a camera behind it for popping the flash. However, these conditions are not sufficient to overcome spontaneously occurring situations at field works. For this reason, the new works in this exhibition are conducted in an indoor set. It was built right after the outdoor set was damaged by heavy rain last summer. However, the indoor space did not solve all problems. He could fathom out several occasions after a three-month-long boring test. The works submitted to this exhibition have been built in this way. An artist who saw the light of the moment reflected on the sprouts in the end of persimmon tree had to spend more than four years to reproduce the scene. Furthermore, these works make it possible to taste the new depth of the writer’s art as good as the time before his private exhibition of ‘private sacred place’ is in the formally experimental stage. It is the sublimity the artificial light has created. He proved that the sublimity was possible even though he did not intervene in the unknown tree of life with any story.
Those who entered deep into a world have a way they created to reach there. When they leave for a way to the unknown world, they overcome their anxiety in a firm attitude although it is not perfect. The lives of ordinary persons are the same. So not to mention the art worlds of the artists are future-oriented and full of enthusiasm even though they are incomplete. It is due to their will of creative production that makes the field of their imagination. So it is right to say that artists must carve their ways as the counterattack of the images produced by artists’ delicate observation lead us to a new world. What we need to take note once again is that Jeonglok LEE also was the start of romantic sensitivity. The photos of ‘Tree of Life’ as the rebound of city taste are different from the pictures of landscape that stays at the contemplation of nature. It means that those landscapes have stayed with a material of nature as a reaction against the age of urbanization and mechanization. The artist expressed nature, an incorrupt source with a tranquil greatness that the light possesses.
The artist realizes the abstract concept of a shape as a perfect thing even more than any other original one. It was designed to “express a spiritual feeling or imagination for a certain place and object rather than reproduce a particular landscape” as clarified in the artist note. He made it possible to keep the feeling of the moment forever when he discovered the light on the sprouts through his imagination. It is a fantastic scene as if a magic spelled tree sings a song to us as much as the wavelength of the light. He wanted to prove the existence of God through the nature he observed in his own vision. He “aroused mysterious and religious awe and respect by painting terribly silent and desolate landscape” as Friedrich, Caspar David did.
- JEON Seung Bo / 2008