A Shape of Taste No. 102, 2018

Heejoon Lee (b. 1988 in Seoul)
Lives and Works in Seoul


LEE Heejoon




182 x 182 cm / 71.7 x 71.7 in.






Korea Republic

Heejoon LEE (b. 1988, Korea) is a visual artist interested in the unusual and exotic. In particular, he questions the meaning behind ‘foreign’ and how one defines it.
In his recent works, Lee takes on the role of a flâneur, wandering around Seoul in areas that have experienced gentrification. The scenery that Lee captures is accumulated and compressed into layers rather than an overall landscape. He first sketches the collected sceneries onto picture-screens, zooming and cutting while fabricating colors. He then edits and arranges the individual frames into a grid. The arrangement of the paintings expand both horizontally and vertically until they fold or intersect. This process omits details and leaves something analogous, capturing the rhythm of the city as opposed to its details. Through this process, Lee aims to define the emotional distance between the familiar and unfamiliar, the ordinary and extraordinary. The different concepts within Lee’s works provide the viewer with an opportunity to utilize their unique imagination, thereby creating a new chain of narratives.
Solo Exhibitions:
2017: Emerald Skin, Yeemock Gallery, Seoul
2017: The Speakers, Weekend, Seoul
2016: Interior nor Exterior: Prototype, Kigoja, Seoul
Group Exhibitions:
2018: Motif, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul
2018: Union Art Fair: Let’s Make Together, S-Factory, Seoul
2017: Pack, Oil Tank Culture Park, Seoul
2017:Land Play, Keep In Touch,Seoul
2017: Insa Salon, Gallery Misulsegye, Seoul
2016: In Draft (í drögum) / Prehistoric Loom Ⅳ, Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland
2015: Ajinomoto:The Seasoning Powder, No Toilet, Seoul
2015: Prehistoric Loom, Glasgow Open House Project, Glasgow, U.K.
2015: Prehistoric Loom, Civic Art Gallery Yada, Nagoya, Japan
2015: Prehistoric Loom, No Toilet, Seoul
2014: Tipping the line, Occupy My Time Gallery, London
2014: Dear Green, ZK/U Project Space, Berlin
2013: Word/Play, Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery, Glasgow, U.K.
2013: Black Cube Collective Annual Show, The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh, U.K.
2013: PRISMISM –Annual Member’s Show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, U.K.
2013: How Many Shades Would An Artist Pack For Holidays?, Neoterismoi Toumazou, Nicosia, Cyprus
2013: JAMIE, The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow, U.K.
2011: Last Summer, Old Hwarangdae Station, Seoul
2013: Neoterismoi Toumazou, Nicosia, Cyprus
Public Collections:
Art Bank, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea