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Memories of the Mediums and Contemporary Korean Art: Focusing on Seung-taek Lee’s Artworks

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2024, 71(), pp.162-194
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.71.0.08
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : December 14, 2023
  • Accepted : January 13, 2024
  • Published : February 28, 2024

Jung-Min Han 1

1강원대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper aims to explore the possibility for a new interpretation of contemporary Korean art based on critical reflection on mediums, which is a fundamental element that make up works of art. The main task of this study is to find clues to trace the historical trend of contemporary Korean art and its conditions by examining the multilayered perspectives that run through the works of Seung-taek Lee, which has been discussed and interpreted in terms of issues such as “non-sculpture,” “experimental art,” and “avant-garde.” Seung-taek Lee has pursued artistic practice by rejecting existing frameworks and stereotypes in art and propounding the concept of “non-sculpture” as an alternative to the conventional idea of art. On the other hand, the sensitivity to matter, materials, techniques, and skills observed in Lee’s journey from sculptor and to non-sculptor can be a key issue that runs throughout his entire work. His artistic struggle to constantly delve into the matter, skills, and visual elements that make up each art genre and sociocultural customs or structures brings back memories of mediums that are sometimes forgotten in the rapidly changing artistic environment of today. In this respect, mediums as a catalyst for mnemonic techniques can serve as a substantial stepping stone for exploring the development and structure of Seung-taek Lee’s art, and can further provide methodological possibilities for a new reading of contemporary Korean art.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.