Jungjin Lee's delicate images on rice paper certainly have the handmade "Asian" feel of traditional scrolls or calligraphy, but up close, the abstract patterns turn out to be fragments of images of pagodas, overlapped and repeated to create the stylized inkblot forms. (Installation shot at right.) These are quiet, meditative works that open a dialogue between historical art and contemporary methods.
Collector's POV: Here's a quick run down on the prices: Bien-U Bae's two works are $60000 each; In Sook Kim's Saturday Night is $40000, the other two adjacent images are $3500 each; Jungjin Lee's two images are $10000 each; and Seung-Woo Back's Utopia series images are $20000 each, a third image from Real World is $25000. For our particular collection, I would gravitate towards the works of Jungjin Lee, as they might interact in intriguing ways with other architectural images we own.
- Seung-Woo Back: Real World (here)
- Bien-U Bae: artist site (here)
- Bien-U Bae: Sacred Wood (here)
- In Sook Kim: interview (here)
- Jungjin Lee: artist site (here)
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