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李禹煥

From Point, From Line, From Wind

Lee Ufan From Line, 1980. oil on canvas, 36" x 46" (91.4 cm x 116.8 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1980. oil on canvas, 36" x 46" (91.4 cm x 116.8 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1980. glue and stone pigment on canvas, 31-3/4" x 39-1/2" (80.6 cm x 100.3 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1980. glue and stone pigment on canvas, 31-3/4" x 39-1/2" (80.6 cm x 100.3 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1979. oil on canvas, 64" x 51-1/4" (162.6 cm x 130.2 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1979. oil on canvas, 64" x 51-1/4" (162.6 cm x 130.2 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1979. oil on canvas, 24" x 28-3/4" (61 cm x 73 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1979. oil on canvas, 24" x 28-3/4" (61 cm x 73 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1979. glue and stone pigment on canvas, 36" x 46" (91.4 cm x 116.8 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1979. glue and stone pigment on canvas, 36" x 46" (91.4 cm x 116.8 cm).

Lee Ufan From Point, 1978. oil on canvas, 25-5/8" x 20-7/8" (65.1 cm x 53 cm).

Lee Ufan From Point, 1978. oil on canvas, 25-5/8" x 20-7/8" (65.1 cm x 53 cm).

Lee Ufan From Point, 1979. oil on canvas, 57-1/4" x 44-1/8" (145.4 cm x 112.1 cm).

Lee Ufan From Point, 1979. oil on canvas, 57-1/4" x 44-1/8" (145.4 cm x 112.1 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1982. oil on canvas, 44-1/4" x 57-1/4" (112.4 cm x 145.4 cm).

Lee Ufan From Line, 1982. oil on canvas, 44-1/4" x 57-1/4" (112.4 cm x 145.4 cm).

Lee Ufan From Point, 1978. oil on canvas, 38-3/8" x 51-3/8" (97.5 cm x 130.5 cm).

Lee Ufan From Point, 1978. oil on canvas, 38-3/8" x 51-3/8" (97.5 cm x 130.5 cm).

Lee Ufan From Point, 1980. pigment on canvas, 51-3/16" x 63-3/4" (130 cm x 162 cm).

Lee Ufan From Point, 1980. pigment on canvas, 51-3/16" x 63-3/4" (130 cm x 162 cm).

Lee Ufan East Wind, 1982. oil on canvas, 63-7/8" x 51-5/16" (162.2 cm x 130.3 cm).

Lee Ufan East Wind, 1982. oil on canvas, 63-7/8" x 51-5/16" (162.2 cm x 130.3 cm).

Lee Ufan With Winds, 1987. pigment suspended in glue on canvas, 35-13/16" x 28-5/8" (91 cm x 72.7 cm).

Lee Ufan With Winds, 1987. pigment suspended in glue on canvas, 35-13/16" x 28-5/8" (91 cm x 72.7 cm).

Lee Ufan With Winds, 1989. oil on canvas, 63" x 51-3/16" (160 cm x 130 cm).

Lee Ufan With Winds, 1989. oil on canvas, 63" x 51-3/16" (160 cm x 130 cm).

Lee Ufan With Winds, 1988. oil and mineral pigment on canvas, 63-3/8" x 51-3/16" (161 cm x 130 cm).

Lee Ufan With Winds, 1988. oil and mineral pigment on canvas, 63-3/8" x 51-3/16" (161 cm x 130 cm).

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About 李禹煥

李禹焕(1936年生)于60年代末期成为其中一位前卫物派的创立者和主要支持者。物派曾是日本第一个国际认可的当代艺术运动,拒绝西方对表现手法的观念,并强调材料与感观的重要性和空间与物质的相互关系。李禹焕一直只用两种材料去做他的雕塑作品:钢铁与石头。在1970年,这位艺术家曾解释说「最高层次的表达手法不是去从无中生有,而是去微调一些已有的东西,并展示世界生动的一面。」这个夏天,李禹焕将于法国著名的凡尔赛宫展出一个大型的个展。他于2007年加入佩斯的。
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Press Release

  • Lee Ufan: From Point, From Line, From Wind

    London—Pace London is honoured to present its first solo exhibition of work by Korean-born artist Lee Ufan. The exhibition will be staged at 6 Burlington Gardens from 15 September to 31 October 2015 and follows his 2014 solo exhibition at the Château de Versailles.

    Lee Ufan’s work, in theory and practice, demonstrates mastery at crossing boundaries and initiating poetic dialogues between cultures, nature, material and space. A founding member of Mono-ha (“Object School”) Lee Ufan’s work meditates on gesture and nature, giving rise to new perceptions.

    “Space means the infinite….Buddhism teaches that being is possible only because there is also nothingness, and appearance coexists with disappearance.” —Lee Ufan, 2011.

    Lee Ufan’s oeuvre is characterized by thoughtful iterations of gestures in slight variations, engaging in a contemplation of abstract forms and vivid restraint; manifesting in sculpture, paintings and works on paper.

    Based on this theoretical framework, Lee Ufan would develop seven major series throughout his career; four of which respectively titled From Point,From Line, From Winds and With Windsform the major focus of Pace London’s exhibition.

    The From Point and From Line works stem from Lee Ufan’s belief that lines and points are the basic units of the cosmos. In From Point, the artist applied compact daubs of paint from left to right, exhausting the supply of color on the brush before reloading it and beginning anew. He repeated the gesture, often in horizontal rows from left to right, until the whole canvas was covered by subtle rows of gradually fading dots. In some works, however, he arranged the dots in staggered rows or swirls that emanate from the center and progress outward. His dynamic brushstrokes produce a composition of rhythmic tonal value functioning as records of action and presence, illuminating the passage of time. While working on From Point, Lee Ufan developed his From Line series, which relies on the similar repetition of gesture, in this case creating cascading strokes of paint that accentuate the vertical dimension of the painting.

    Gradually abandoning the systematic approach of his From Point and From Line works, in the early 1980’s Lee Ufan began to address the picture plane with unrestrictive and gestural brushstrokes, albeit with underlying consideration towards structure, series which he titled From Winds. Two very early examples will be on view in the exhibition that exemplify this pivotal point, with later paintings from the With Winds illustrating Lee’s dynamic expressionism, emblematic of a deeply rooted understanding of both aesthetics and philosophy of both the East and Western traditions.

    Lee’s working process is attuned to the physical and visual properties of his medium. Limiting his palette to a single hue, the artist combined ground mineral pigment with animal-skin glue, resulting in a powdery crystalline mixture. By mixing his own pigment and using brushes with artificial hair conventionally used for ink painting, Lee Ufan found that he could increase the level of friction between hair and paint particles, thus slowing the process of application and absorption. Through this process, Lee’s compositions enact a liminal space, “Something endlessly appearing as it endlessly disappears. Something receding endlessly as it endlessly approaches.”

    From Point and From Line aroused critical debate about Lee’s abandonment of not-making in favour of making; the artist “re-arranges” elements thus creating an artwork. This is an issue that rose out of criticism against the modern notion of productivism making a case for abstraction.

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News

佩斯伦敦于10月15日举办了李禹焕新展 “From Point, From Line, From Wind”的新画册发布会, 展览将举行至本月31日。画册将特别包括艺术家与国立现代美术馆馆长阿尔弗莱德•派克奎蒙特(Alfred Pacquement)的对话。

东京现代艺术博物馆举行新展“物派:重新思考日本20世纪70年代的摄影和艺术”,展出艺术家李禹焕及其他同样在日本美术史上举足轻重的艺术家作品。新展将于9月13日开始。佩斯伦敦将于同月15日举行艺术家李禹焕的展览。

Catalogues

LEE UFAN: FROM POINT, FROM LINE, FROM WIND

Alfred Pacquement

2015. Pace London. Hardcover

9781909406186