Exhibition visit: Lee Jae-hyo — Grass Flower, at HADA Contemporary

“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”.

So says artist Lee Jae-hyo in the press release accompanying HADA Contemporary’s current exhibition of his work, entitled Grass Flower.

So after a couple of observations I’ll let the installation views speak for themselves.

  1. This is the first time we’ve seen one of his works involving stone in London, and this particular one must have been a monster to ship over from Korea and install. The stones are sourced from railway tracks.
  2. This is also the first time we’ve seen one of his nail works (0121-1110=113112) which plays with letters of the Roman alphabet.

Grass Flower is at HADA Contemporary until 1 June 2014.

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