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    Sale 2605

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 491


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    (Born in 1969)
    Dream No. 3
    signed, titled, edition and dated 'Lee Lee Nam; Dream III; 1/3; 2008' in English & Korean (on reverse)
    video installation art
    53 x 275 x 15 cm. (20 3/4 x 108 1/4 x 6 in.) each monitor; with original stand
    Video length: 4 minutes
    edition 1/3
    Executed in 2007 (3)

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    Unlike painters who completely imitate Renaissance, Baroque or Impressionist artists, Lee merely borrows works of the great artists' and makes small yet dramatic alterations to their compositions. He plays with the idea of changes and possibilities in today's society by incorporating contemporary cultural values into his works. Impressionist painters were able to paint en plein air by the novel invention of portable paint tubes, creating previously unseen perspectives of landscapes. Likewise, Lee proceeds to use the video screen as his canvas, inadvertently demonstrating that paintings of the future can not only be three dimensional and painted at a whim, but moving, digital images. The painter of the future can overcome the bounds of having to depict one scene at a specific moment to paint several time frames. In Dream No.3 (Lot 491), Lee shows the passage of boats over several screens and separate paintings; across a whole generation of painters from Monet to a traditional Korean ink painter.
    The current advances of technology, from the number of pixels on a screen to the flatness of the screen has enabled Lee to create works such as Dream No.3 that stir preconceived notions of Monet's painting or a Korean ink painting. While in normal circumstances touching such a painting is unfathomable, touching a LCD screen causes no damage. The original of these three 'imitated' works sought to capture an essence of movement and lifelikeness which now has been realized in Lee's video installation. This work demonstrates how crucial and powerful technology is in our world today in providing information and entertainment.


    CAIS Gallery, Korea


    Hong Kong, China, CAIS Gallery, Lee Lee Nam Solo Exhibition, 2007.