“A line must have a beginning and an end. Space appears within the passage of time and when the process of creating space comes to an end, time also vanishes."
The art world has called Lee Ufan—accomplished writer, painter, and sculptor—the precursor of contemporary art in South Korea. Ufan’s work is deeply influenced by the Japanese Mono-ha school of thought, which explores perception and the interaction with different materials, such as steel, glass, stone and rubber, bearing subtle monochromatic hues. His work exists on the fine line that separates binary ideas like emptiness and occupancy of space, what is seen and unseen; let it be on a canvas or within a sculptural installation, conceived to create a relationship with the artwork and the audience. Some of his most important work has been exhibited at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Venice Biennale, the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Seoul Museum of Arts, and the Guggenheim Museum of USA.
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