Group exhibition by Dongwook Lee, Hyungkoo Lee, Hyunjhin Baik, Osang Gwon, and Suejin Chung
UNION is pleased to present new works by emerging Korean artists Hyunjhin Baik, Suejin Chung, Osang Gwon, Dongwook Lee and Hyungkoo Lee. The group show brings together these diverse and stimulating young artists for the first time on an international platform.
The sculptors Dongwook Lee and Huyngkoo Lee consider the human condition and deconstruct scientific dogma respectively. Dongwook Lee's miniature humanoid figures are unsettling fusions of horror and beauty. They are outsiders, de-individualized in a neutral setting, thus embodying an emotional tension. They seem on the verge of bursting out from their containment, ready to re-inhabit the world. Hyungkoo Lee's sculptures, Canis Latrans Animatus (2005-2006) and Geococcyx Animatus (2005-2006) reconstruct a chase between the cartoon figures of Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner as skeletons within a faux-scientific framework. This playful and thought provoking work turns a slice of pop culture on its head, suggesting that a cartoon and a natural history museum exhibit may occupy similar symbolic ground concerning the representation of a 'natural' order.