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Lee Kun-Yong

Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, G14

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Kun-Yong Lee, The Method of Drawing 76-1-78-2, 1978, Oil-based marker pen on wood, 168.5 ×  × 91 cm, Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Hyundai

Kun-Yong Lee, The Method of Drawing 76-1-78-2, 1978, Oil-based marker pen on wood, 168.5 ×  × 91 cm, Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Hyundai

For Spotlight, Gallery Hyundai presents a solo presentation by Lee Kun-Yong who is known to have played a major role in developing Korean performance art as well as conceptual art in the 1970s. In this presentation, works from his 'The Method of Drawing' performances are presented alongside photographic documentation sequentially displaying process of each performance.

The title of this presentation is ‘The Method of Drawing,’ which is a term that the artist has used to refer his body drawing performances. In 1976, Lee premiered a group of body drawing performances; one of his most represented works. In all works in ‘The Method of Drawing’ series, Lee uses the act of drawing to demonstrate the relationship between the body and the conditions surrounding the body.

Lee Kun-Yong is a prominent artist who has been conducting his unique brand of performance art for over 40 years. Starting in 1975, Lee began presenting inventive and highly calculated performances, which he described as ‘event-logical’ or ‘logical event.’ Lee has always viewed the performance as a way of demonstrating the body’s primacy in encountering the world. Regarded as the most significant series among his ‘event-logical’ performances, Lee’s ‘Method of Drawing’ is particularly crucial in its revision of current perspectives on performance art that define performance art solely as thought enacted through the body.

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