Kwanwoo Lee (SEOUL - )


Lee uses a variation of mixed media with Korean stamps that have been described as allegories of memory, intrinsically linked to time, life and nature. Kwanwoo Lee treats Korean stamps asobjects, and creates large-scale pixilated assemblages that develop into a relief-like surface. In the series titled, “Condensed,” Kwanwoo Lee combines hundreds of stamps and seals of various shapes and sizes, each uniquely carved in the traditional Korean style, into large-scale pieces and abstract compositions. He pursues organic movement across the board simply using the Korean stamps. The engravings and symbols of stamps carry a sense of personalized identity, personhood, and great emotional and historical weight that by plainly laying them on the canvas without the pressure of trying to create a particular image, he is able to compose a natural rhythm.

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