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This catalogue is published by HADA Contemporary to accompany the exhibition:

LEE JAEHYO GRASS FLOWER 1 MAY - 1 JUNE 2014 No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any mean, electrical, mechanical or otherwise without prior written permission from HADA Contemporary Ltd.

Exhibition in association with



HADA Contemporary is pleased to present the second solo exhibition by Lee Jaehyo (b. 1965) presenting his significant installation work, 0121-1110=1080620 (2008), along with the recent nails on charred woods works. With strong emphasis on materials’ inherent nature, Lee’s practice ‘is about the material: everything begins and ends with the material…. I simply want to show the nature of common raw materials such as wood and nails… to discover a different way to present them.’[1] The extraordinary craftsmanship embracing the natural state of the material may it be woods, stones or nails, his organic and geometric constructions expose the often forgotten beauty of the conventional subjects. As the ar tist comments, ‘I do not have the power to create a beautiful world. I just hope to reveal the beauty in what is usually seen but unnoticed. If you look closely enough, a twisted rustic nail is also beautiful.’ In 0121-1110=1080620, the humble stones are assembled and rearranged to form a monument that assimilates the awe and sublime of the nature. The synergy of the ar tist’s ar tificial intervention with the natural evolution is essential to his materials and the artistic practice. Mundane objects such as nails and woods transforms into novel entities through the ar tist’s painstakingly earnest and dexterous conversation with materials. Allowing the materials to unfold their innate natural state through his gentle and crafty manipulation, his sculptures from common objects reject any finite definition or interpretation. In fact, his endeavours are the invitation to the audience for the experience to the profundity that emits from the surfaces, forms, materials and the harmony emanated through the orchestration of all. ‘I want to make a work that does not require words... I think the greatest difference in the western and the eastern culture is the necessity for words. The key characteristic of the western visual culture is the debate, argument and attestation and to unravel the meaning carefully hidden behind the work. On the contrary, the eastern visual culture can be emphasised by the silence. Isimjeonsim (이심전심, 以心傳心). Every step of the process of making a work is the unification of the work and the ar tist.’ The concept

Isimjeonsim – loosely translated as the connection of minds initially originated from the Buddhist scripture Compendium of the Five Lamplight Records (오등회원, 五燈會元, c. 1253) - elaborates on the idea of the silent communication through the senses and experiences that artist stresses as Buddha transmits the speechless wisdom to the disciple Mahakasyapa in the story of the Flower

Sermon. The vastness and magnanimousness of nature that inspire the ar tist’s dialogues with his materials endow his sculpture with a universality that engages anyone who wishes to venture beyond surface and object.[2] As Laurencina Farrant-Lee observes, Lee ‘possesses strong emotional and spiritual ties to his native landscape and culture and draw from Korean aesthetics to sustain, complement and fur ther their contemporary statement’[3]. It is the artist, the nature and the object in their interconnectedness and the cyclical nature of life that they embody that you encounter. Lee Jaehyo (b. 1965) lives and works in Gyeonggido, South Korea. He received BFA at Hongik University in Seoul. He has exhibited internationally at National Museum of Contemporary Ar t, Korea; Seoul Museum of Ar t, Korea; Sungkok Museum of Ar t, Seoul; Saatchi Gallery, London; Montgomery Museum of Fine Ar ts, Alabama; Nampo Ar t Museum, Korea, Ilmin Museum of Ar t, Korea; Basel Ar t Center, Switzerland among others. He was awarded with the Hankook Ilbo Young Ar tists Award in 1997; the Osaka Triennial Award in 1998; the Kim Sae-Jung Award in 2000; the Sculpture in Woodland Award in 2002 and the Japan Hyogo International Competition Award in 2004. His works are included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Contemporary Ar t, Korea; Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art, Japan; Busan Metropolitan Ar t Museum, South Korea; and the Osaka Contemporary Ar t Center, Japan.

Tristan Manco, ‘Jae-Hyo Lee’, Raw + Material = Ar t, Found, Scavenged and Upcycled, Thames and Hudson, 2012, p. 179 Jungeun Lee, Lee Jaehyo: Beautiful Dialogue, HADA Contemporary London, 2012 [3] Laurencina Farrant-Lee, ‘Simply Beautiful Exhibition Concept’, Lee Jaehyo. Simply Beautiful: Breadth of Nature in Korean Contemporary Art, CentrePasquArt, Biel, 2006, n.p. [1] [2]

02 | 03

0121-1110=114028 | stainless steel bolts, nails & wood | 490 x 215 x 8 cm | 2014

04 | 05

0121-1110=1080620 | stone | 285 x 151 x 520 cm | 2008

06 | 07

0121-1110=113112 | stainless steel bolts, nails & wood | 240 x 70 x 35 cm | 2013

08 | 09

0121-1110=1130615 | wood (juniper) | 70 x 96 x 74 cm | 2013

10 | 11

0121-1110=113104 | wood (larch) | 66 x 77 x 42 cm | 2013

12 | 13

0121-1110=111081 | wood (camellia) | 97 x 50 x 50 cm (include base 26cm) | 2011

14 | 15

16 | 17

0121-1110=112126 | stainless steel bolts, nails & wood | 73 x 125 x 8 cm | 2012

0121-1110=108046 | stainless steel bolts, nails & wood | 60 x 60 x 6 cm | 2008

18 | 19

0121-1110=110025 | stainless steel bolts, nails & wood | 80 x 76 x 7 cm | 2010

20 | 21

0121-1110=111013 | stainless steel bolts, nails & wood | 50 x 50 x 6 cm | 2011

22 | 23

0121-1110=1081118 | stainless steel bolts, nails & wood | 83 x 55 x 6 cm | 2008

24 | 25

0121-1110=1090510 | stainless steel bolts, nails & wood | 54 x 102 x 7 cm | 2009

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LEE JAEHYO b.1965 Lives and works in Seoul, South Korea EDUCATION 1992 BFA, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2014 Grass Flower, HADA Contemporary, London, UK

Hongik Sculpture Exhibition, Triennaledi Milano Incheon Museum,

2012 Transformations, Albemarle Gallery, London, UK

Gyeonggi, Korea

Solo Exhibition, Madison Gallery, San Diego, USA

Sculpture Objects & Functional Ar t Fair, New York, USA

Beautiful Dialogue, Hada Contemporary, London, UK

Multi Effect, Gallery Ihn, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibition, Parkryesook Gallery. Seoul, Korea

30th Anniversary of the Young Korean Ar tists, National Museum of

Lee Jaehyo 199102012, Sungkuk Ar t Museum, Seoul, Korea Solo Exhibition, Cynthia-Reeves Contemporary, New York, USA 2011 Solo Exhibition, Momtgomery Museum of Fine Ar ts, Alabama, USA

Contemporary Ar t, Seoul, Korea 2009 A Korea& Singapore Joint Sculpture Exhibition, Singapore-Botanic Garden, Singapore

Solo Exhibition, Albemarle Gallery, London, UK

Yangpyeong Environmental Ar t, South Han River, Korea

Solo Exhibition, Galeria Ethra, Mexico

Touchar t Book Ar tists, Touchar t Gallery, Paju, Korea

Solo Exhibition, Galerie Noordeinde, Netherlands 2010 The Force of Will: The force of nature, Albemarle Gallery, London, UK

Korea International Ar t Fair, COEX, Seoul, Korea Ar t Fair Taipei 2009, Taiwan

Solo Exhibition, Yoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Like of Yves Saint Laurent, Gallery Ar tside, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibition, REEVES Contemporary, New York, USA

Korean Aesthetics, Albemarle Gallery, London, UK

Solo Exhibition, Nampo Ar t Museum, Korea

Mad for furniture, Nefspace, Seoul, Korea

2009 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Sol Beach, Korea Solo Exhibition, Ever Harvest Ar t Gallery, Taiwan

Hong Kong Ar t Fair, Gallery Keumsan, Seoul, Korea Korea Galleries Ar t Fair, BEXCO, Busan, Korea

Solo Exhibition, Gallery Keumsan, Japan

Step of a Bull, Jang Eun Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Force of Nature, Solo Exhibition, Albemarle Gallery, London, UK

The Great Hands, Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2008 Solo Exhibition, MANAS Ar t Center, Korea

2008 Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Ar ts and Design, New York,

Solo Exhibition, Dosi Gallery. Seoul Korea


Solo Exhibition, Bundo Gallery, Korea

Korea Now: Emerging Korean Ar t, Ar tLink, Israel

Solo Exhibition, REEVES Contemporary, New York

Sanghai Contemporary Ar t Fair, Sanghai, China

2007 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Keumsan, Japan

Korea International Ar t Fair, COEX, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibition, Gallery Ar tside, China

Daegu Ar t Fair, EXCO, Daegu, Korea

Solo Exhibition, Gallery Keumsan, Korea

Ar t Museum the Traveling, National Museum of Contemporary Ar t, Seoul,

2005 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Ar tside, Korea


2003 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Won, Korea

Living Design fair, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2001 Solo Exhibition, Vermont Studio Center, USA

Contemporary Neo_metaphor 2008, Insa ar t center, Seoul, Korea

2000 Solo Exhibition, Ilmin Museum of Ar t, Korea

Seoul Ar t Fair, BEXCO, Busan, Korea

1996 Solo Exhibition, Museum of Seoul Ar ts Center, Korea

Opening 10th Busan Municipal Museum of Ar t, Busan Municipal Museum of Ar t, Busan, Korea


Changwon Asian Contemporary Ar t Exhibition, Changwon Ar t Hall,

2013 Seek & Desire, Gyeongnam Ar t Museum, Korea

Changwon, Korea

Contemporar y Ar t in the Textbook. Aram Museum, Seoul, Korea 2012 Korean Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Circle & Sqaure, N Gallery Planning Invitation Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand 2007 Lee jaehyo, Park seungmo, Chio taehoon Group Exhibition, Manas ar t center,

China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing, China

Gyeongi, Korea

A Magic Moment, Basel Ar t Center, Basel, Switzerland

From Dot to Dot, Whanki Museum, Seoul, Korea

Water, HADA Gallery, London, UK

Living Design fair, Designer’s Choice-COEX, Seoul, Korea

2011 International Sculpture Symposium in Icheon, Icheon, Korea Moving Ar t Village, Nampo Ar t Museum, Korea SOFA New York 2011, New York, USA Gotenyama Exhibition, Ippodo Gallery, Gotenyama, Japan 2010 2010 Korea Tomorrow, SETEC, Seoul, Korea

Beijing Ar t Fair, Beijing, China Tuning Boloni, China 2006 Simply Beautiful, Centre PasquAr t, Biel, Switzerland Ar t Canal, River Suze, Switzerland EHS Project, Cheonggyecheon, Seoul, Korea

The Seoul Ar t Exhibition 2010, Seoul Museum of Ar t, Seoul, Korea

China International Gallery Exposition 2006, Beijing, China

G20 Seoul Summit Celebration Exhibition for the Korean Fine Ar ts,

Alchemy of Daily Life, New Zealand

National Assembly Library, Seoul, Korea

Vibration, EBS Broadcasting Exhibition Hall, Seoul, Korea

Ar t Docking Spot, Woomyoung Ar t Museum, Hanam, Korea KIAF-VIP Lounge, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2005 Vibration, Seoul City Ar t Museum, Seoul, Korea


Hyogo International Competition of Painting, Hyogo Prefecture Museum of

National Museum of Contemporary Ar t, Korea

Ar t, Japan

Moran Museum, Korea

Ar t & Mathematics, Savina Museum, Seoul, Korea

Ilmin Museum of Ar t, Korea

2004 A Open Commemoration the Olympic Museum, Olympic Museum, Seoul,

Busan Municipal Museum of Ar t, Korea


Gyeonggi Museum of Morden Ar t, Korea

100% Propose, Gallery Sea & See, Busan, Korea

63 City Tower, Korea

Imjin River, The Side of Imjin River, Gyeonggi, Korea

W-Seoul Walker-hill Hotel, Korea

Alchemy of Daily Life, National Museum of Contemporary Ar t, Seoul, Korea

Borgata Hotel, USA

Wave, Dosi Gallery, Busan, Korea

Park Hyatt Hotel Shanghai, China

2003 Out of Wood, Kim Chong-Yung Sculpture Museum, Seoul, Korea

Osaka Contemporary Ar t Center of Japan, Japan

The Happy Sympathy Between Human and Wood, Daejeon Municipal Museum

MGM Hotel, USA

of Ar t, Daejeon, Korea

Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Ar t, Japan

Benchmarking Project, Namsan Park, Seoul, Korea

Intercontinental Hotel, Switzerland

40`s Ar tist, Gallery Moro, Seoul, Korea

Briton Place-UMU Restaurant, UK

Ar t Bench, Ar t Side, Seoul, Korea

Sculpture in Woodland, Ireland

2002 To Became One with Nature, YungEun Museum, Gyeonggi, Korea

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taiwan

International Environmental Ar t Exhibition a Red-bellied Frog’s Cry, Seoul Ar ts

Park Hyatt Hotel Washington DC, USA

Center, Seoul, Korea

Marriott Hotel, Korea

DeulMok Association, Gallery Agio, Gyeonggi, Korea

Cornell University Herber t F. Johnson Museum, USA

2001 Good Design Festival, COEX, Seoul, Korea

Grand Hyatt Hotel Berlin, Germany

The Association of Asian Contemporary Sculpture, YungEun Museum,

President Wilson Hotel, Swiss

Gyeonggi, Korea

Phoenix Island, Korea

Lee Jae-Hyo, Han Sueng-Gon Exhibition, Hotel Lotte, Korea

Pusan National University Hospital, Korea

Water, Wood, Metal, Ear th, Live, Insa Ar t Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Industrial Bank, Taiwan Crown Hotel, Australia

1991~2000 Par ticipated in more than 40 Group Exhibitions AWARDS 2008 Prize of Excellence of 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Contest 2005 Prize of Excellence of Hyogo International Competition of Painting 2002 Sculpture in Woodland Award 2000 Kim Sae-Jung Young Ar tist Prize 1998 Grand Prize Winner of Osaka Triennial Winner of Young Ar tist of the Day Presented by the Ministry of Culture 1997 Grand Prize Winner of Invited Young Ar tist sponsored by Hankook Ilbo 1995 Win Special Recognition at Kongsan Ar t Festival

Park Hyatt Hotel Zurich, Switzerland

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