Won Lee is a Korean-born sculptor living in Canada whose work is primarily focused on the figure. On one level, his sculpture equivocates between a type of expressionist realism and an abstract formal style. They are energetic forms that express the artist’s feelings toward art and life. Rather than imitating appearances in the external visual world, they seem to emerge from an experience with the void, as if to suggest the Zen Buddhist concept of sunyata… In contrast to the “expanded field”- a term introduced by the art historian Rosalind Krauss and widely employed in defense of installation strategies used by postmodern artists in the eighties - Won Lee has once again gone in an opposite direction. Here I would argue that some of the most interesting sculpture, since the eighties, has moved away from Krauss’s concept of the expanded field, particularly as architects have usurped this position from sculptors (with the exception of Richard Serra). Instead, sculpture is moving toward a more confined psychological space, a space of anxiety, that searches for another type of intimacy…
- Robert C. Morgan is an international art critic, lecture, artist, and curator.
Internationally acclaimed Lee has a vital body of work that continues to make an impact wherever he lectures and exhibits. Lee received his B.F.A. at Pepperdine University and his M.F.A. at Johnson State College. He also attended the Otis Art Institute. He continues to lecture on postmodern art theories and practices around the world. Recent solo shows include “The Loft” Gallery, Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Vermont and the “Ing” Gallery, Seoul Korea. His work has also been sold through Sotheby’s in London.
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