Lee Bul

When 30 Oct 2015 - 10 Jan 2016
Where Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street

The Vancouver Art Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of recent works by internationally renowned Korean artist Lee Bul, who is widely considered one of the most important artists of her generation. This exhibition features large-scale sculptures paired with early drawings, revealing Lee Bul’s visually and conceptually compelling practice. Lee Bul marks the 2015 feature exhibition for the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art, an initiative that advances scholarship and public appreciation of art from China, India, Japan and Korea.

Acclaimed for her “Cyborg” sculptures of the 1990s, which drew upon elements of art history, critical theory and science fiction and were featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture, Lee Bul’s more recent work explores the future of the past. Through elaborate sculptures and assemblages, she reflects upon utopian architecture of the early 20th century, as well as architectural images of totalitarianism that are echoes of the artist’s experience of living in a military controlled Korea.

The exhibition begins with over 100 drawings produced by the artist since the mid-1990s, which are followed by large-scale sculptures from the last decade based on modernist constructions, and concludes with a reconstruction of the artist’s studio that offers insights into Lee Bul’s methodology. It contains a wealth of preliminary drawings, intermediary models and material tests, revealing the process of her prolific artistic output.

Together these works deepen the visitors’ understanding of Lee Bul’s practice, highlighting her reflections on the failed ideals of recent history and the human optimism that prevails in the face of uncertain futures.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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