Lee Bae's work combines perception of matter and light, the contrast of black and white and sparks a contemplation on time. His approach makes use of performance, painting and drawing. His work is part of a Korean art movement that is not widely known in France: the “Dansaekhwa”, which advocates a harmonious relationship between us and nature, all the while highlighting the importance of involving the body in creative acts. For more than twenty years, Lee Bae has been juggling with different materials to offer up a unique way of contemplating time and rediscover the internal landscapes of his youth in South Korea.
Charcoal, a prominent feature of his work, reminds him of his homeland. When the foundations of a house in his country are dug out, the first thing you would come across is charcoal. What's more, when a child is born, Koreans acknowledge this by hanging charcoal from rope on the door. Charcoal is also linked to fire, which symbolises energy. For all these reasons, Lee Bae makes charcoal sculptures in which charred branches become mysterious, sensitive elements, all the while bizarrely bringing to mind a migrant's luggage...
All of his pictorial or sculptural work is a digest of energy brimming with spirituality, in which the artist is forever seeking out his roots.
Lee Bae's installation of paintings and sculptures will be set up in the Stables Indoor Ring.
Lee Bae au Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, 2016 - © Éric Sander