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Lee Gun-yong's Performing Art in the 1970s and the Reinstatement of the Body

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2020, 59(), pp.107-136
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.59.0.04
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : December 15, 2019
  • Accepted : January 13, 2020
  • Published : February 28, 2020

Hea-Seung Kang 1

1홍익대학교

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ABSTRACT

In Korea, the body of the artist emerged in a social context in the late 1960s. It was an era when individuals were politically oppressed while the industrial base was economically strengthened. In the 1970s, Lee Gun-yong embodied the expression of the body, which he expressed in a compulsive and behavioral form and used as a tool for his work. Lee's body not only broke down the existing dichotomous boundaries between the actor and the object of action, but also produced an artistic metaphor on a social level. However, previous research on Lee has focused on his work as an act of thinking rather than a body. In this regard, this study attempts to reread Lees performance art in the 1970s, focusing on the artist's body. Specifically, this study examines physical aesthetics as a social metaphor by dividing Lee's performing art into drawing works made through physical actions and events that emphasized logic.

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