ARTIST TAKEOVER: Jeongkeun Lee | Triggering Nostalgia through Imagery | PHOTOFAIRS

ARTIST TAKEOVER: Jeongkeun Lee | Triggering Nostalgia through Imagery

© Jeongkeun Lee, Can’t, Catch Me If You Can, 2015. Courtesy of Harmony Art Gallery (Shanghai)

This week on our social media platforms South Korean photographer, Jeongkeun Lee, has taken over! Lee has been providing our audiences with a ‘sneak-preview’ into his idiosyncratic and surreal artworks that Harmony Art Gallery (Shanghai) will be bringing to PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2019 this September. Lee completed his degree in Photography and Media Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, Ansan, then progressed to gain a Photography Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Art, London. Through an elaborative narration, Lee explains to PHOTOFAIRS his intrigue for staging landscapes and religious rituals…
 

© Jeongkeun Lee, Studio Shot, 2019. Courtesy of Harmony Art Gallery (Shanghai)

Jeongkeun Lee:
 
Hello! This is Jeongkeun Lee from South Korea. I am a photographer working primarily with staged landscapes and environments in the form of installations, which are then reproduced and re-contextualised through the photographic medium. My works share similar characteristics with religious rituals. Rituals are not based on reasoning and there is no scientific explanation for the effect they have on the human mind and emotive sphere; yet, irrefutably, rituals deliver belief and hope to those that perform and participate them. I am looking forward to showing my works at PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2019. It is a great opportunity to share my works with international audiences.

My works usually stem from mundane life in traditional street market in Korea. Through ordinary objects with landscape, I do want to make ironically realistic images, while being imaginative works. Depending on the situation, I prefer a slow technique like large format camera with sheets film. Long exposure time with cumbersome procedures has been diffused with analogue sensitivity. I hope people who encounter my pictures, feel some sympathy in their experience without any logical perception.
 

"Ever since my childhood, I always wanted my balloons to stay fully blown. Nevertheless, they become deflated and ugly, so do my memories."

© Jeongkeun Lee, Pause 06, Pause series, 2012. Courtesy of Harmony Art Gallery (Shanghai)
© Jeongkeun Lee, Cloud 03, Pause series, 2012. Courtesy of Harmony Art Gallery (Shanghai)

Pause’ Series


I began this project with a personal wish to preserve memories somewhere without losing them. Ever since my childhood, I always wanted my balloons to stay fully blown. Nevertheless, they become deflated and ugly, so do my memories. I am trying to reflect these ideas through natural phenomenon and fish tanks. They never pause to let us take a look at them closely. They change themselves differently than we imagined or learned. I thought the most effective way to express them was to use a capturing object, fish tanks, and store them into photographs. I would like to provide the opportunity to generate feelings of nostalgia.
 

© Jeongkeun Lee, Catch Me If You Can, 2015. Courtesy of Harmony Art Gallery (Shanghai)

Catch Me If You Can’ series


Sometimes, we coincidentally bump into amusing situations. At a time where advertising placards fluttered in the breeze, I wonder if that blowing inside the fabric is a figure of the wind. This idea led to an extension of the ‘Pause’ series on invisible subjects that exist everywhere. The ‘Catch Me If You Can’ series concentrates on defining the shapes of winds with fabric in various locations. It was difficult to handle the wind strength when I tried to catch it with fabrics. I reached the point where I started to feel that the wind can be captured instantly but can never stay caught forever. That very moment could only be shown in these images.
 

© Jeongkeun Lee, Depaysement 11, Depaysement series, 2014. Courtesy of Harmony Art Gallery (Shanghai)
© Jeongkeun Lee, Depaysement 14, Depaysement series, 2014. Courtesy of Harmony Art Gallery (Shanghai)

Depaysement’ series 

It began from the shock of realising the coexistence of two different subjects. ‘Depaysement’ is a surrealistic world meaning the object is sent to exile where it does not harmoniously belong. As I proceeded with the project, I came to think that man-made materials and the natural environment do not accompany each other. I am trying to visualise to unfamiliarity through installation of juxtaposing those two opposite characteristics. I would like to share with you my idea of organic harmony through reconciliation, rather than the dichotomy of “medium” and “location”.

 

 

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