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Changwon LEE (이창원) Artist Biography

Artist Statement


All light has its source and all shadows follow their casters. Ever since the appearance of the first life on earth, all evolving living things may have lived in response to light and shadows for the purpose of survival. And perhaps because these very experiences have been accumulated in human cells or genes, whoever sees light can guess the source and instinctively knows what the caster is.


I read Plato’s parable of the cave in a criticism about my installation work titled Parallel World. And the result of google image searching shows an interesting illustration for the parable. There are prisoners who are chained in the cave and restricted to only be able to look ahead. Behind them a fire is blazing at a distance and between the fire and the prisoners there are ‘shadow casters’ that throw shadows before the prisoners using various objects. Since the prisoners live all their lives seeing only shadows of reality, they cannot find or understand the origin of the phenomenon of the shadows and take the illusion as reality. This allegory made me think that to prohibit people from seeing the truth is closely related to making them unable to see the source of the phenomenon. Although an idea of a philosopher of long ago, it seems to me an image of the world (Weltbild) that still holds good today and reflects even modern society—in which all things become images and superficial, and the devices that create phenomena were hidden and became invisible. Either implicitly or deliberately, innumerable devices in this world define the world where we are living. And the image or symbol of the world that was formed in each of us never fails to influence and reflect on reality.


Then, what kind of device is created by those who are called artists?


Ganghwado_Shadow across Time 2019 MDF, Plywood, ground coffee, varnish 180x500x7.4cm


Ganghwado_Shadow across Time detail image 2019 MDF, Plywood, ground coffee, varnish 180x500x7.4cm


Family 2009 Wall installation with tea leaves 252x400cm


Tea Shadow 2017 Reflection image of tea leaves, tea leaves fixed on wooden panels 400x500cm


Dream of Korean Empire 2019 Wall installation with ground coffee 400x800cm


Dream of Korean Empire 2019 Wall installation with ground coffee 400x800cm


Luxaflex 2004 Reflection of various advertising flyers and magazines 500x340x7cm


History of Liberty #01~#05 2019 Rising museum board, pigment print, wooden frame 67x86x5.4cm each


History of Liberty #01 2019 Rising museum board, pigment print, wooden frame 67x86x5.4cm


History of Liberty #04 2019 Rising museum board, pigment print, wooden frame 67x86x5.4cm


Underwood 2019 Rising museum board, paint, wooden frame 83x96x4.4cm


Hug Stencil Series 2019 Steel, powder coating Hug shillouette from various reportage images 188x88x45cm(size of the biggest one)


Hug Stencil(small version) 2019 Steel, powder coating 40x18.8x17.7cm (size of the biggest one)


Parallel World MAM project 017, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2012 Mirrors, reportage images, LED lightings, pedestals Size variable


4 Cities: Baghdad, Pyongyang, Seoul, Fukushima 2014 Silk screen on glass show cases, LED lighting, pedestals 113x45x45cm each



Artist Biography


Born 1972  in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Currently lives in Yongin-si, Republic of Korea


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Tracing Times, Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea

2016 Vapour Like Fire Light, Gallery Purple, Namyangju, Korea

2014 Shadow Casters, Gellery Simon, Seoul, Korea

2012 MAM Project 017, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2012 Other Selves, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea

2011 Parallel World, Kim Chong Yung Museum, Seoul, Korea

2009 Disappear, Aando Fine Art, Berlin, Germany

2008 Schatten der Helden, Fiebach, Minninger, Cologne, Germany

2007 Reflexion, Galerie Januar, Bochum, Germany

2007 Reflection, DoArt Gallery, Seoul, Window Gallery of Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

2006 Changwon Lee, Gallery Martin van Blerk, Antwerp, Belgium

2004 Petersilienschatten, Weltbekannt e.V. Central Subway Station, Hamburg, Germany

2003 Changwon Lee - Recent Works, Kusseneers Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


Selected Group Exhibitions (start from the most recent)

2019 Nature,Life,Human, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Busan, Korea

2019 Phantom City, Sehwa Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2019 The Collection & D Palace, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2018 The Veiled Landscape, SeMA, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2018 The Show Must Go On, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Warsaw, Poland

2017 Your Hand, My Heart, Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea

2016 Seoul Museum of Art Selected Works from New Acquisitions, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2016 Ghost, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

2016 Missing, Seongnam Arts Center Cube Art Museum, Seongnam, Korea

2016 The Illusion of Time, Ilwoo Space, Seoul, Korea

2016 PARADIGM of MEDIA+ART 2016 ICA, Art Center White Block, Paju, Korea

2016 OLD & NEW, Kansong Art Museum, DDP Seoul, Korea

2016 la Durée, Wumin Art Center, Cheongju-si, Korea

2016 Historicode: Scarcity and Supply-The 3rd Nanjing international Art Festival, Baijia Lake Museum, Nanjing, China

2015 International Contemporary Art Project Ulsan 2015, Jung-gu Culture Street, Ulsan, Korea

2015 Accidental Encounter, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2015 31 Experiments on Light: Intimate Rapture, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, Korea

2014 Liquid Times, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2014 simon’s friends: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea

2014 Busan Biennale 2014 Main Exhibition Inhabiting the World, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea

2014 Gate Opener, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China

2013 Arrival, Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea

2013 The Roads of Forking Paths, SeMA NANJ Exhibition Hall, Seoul, Korea

2013 Corea Campanella, Mozart Hall, Hotel Amadeus, Venice, Italy

2013 A Panorama of Figures, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonbuk Wanju, Korea

2013 The Show Must Go On, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

2013 Roots of Relations, Song Zhuang Art Center, Beijing, China

2012 Festival O! Gwangju Media Art 2012, 5.18 Democracy Square, Gwangju, Korea

2012 Art Flash, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2012 Whose History? Which Strories?, Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi, India

2012 Your Invisible Shadow, Kumho Museum, Seoul, Korea

2011 Great Art Exhibition NRW, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany

2011 Bad Romanticism, Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2010 Pleasure Ground, Lokaal 01, Breda, the Netherlands

2010 Landpartie, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen, Germany  

2010 Present from the Past, Korean Cultural Center UK, London, U.K.

2009 City_net Asia 2009, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2009 Shared. Divided. United, NGBK (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildene Kunst e.V), Berlin, Germany

2009 From Memory―About knowing and forgetting, Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent, Belgium

2009 Emerging Korean Artists in the World 2009_ U.S.B, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

2008 Your Mind’s Eye: Digital Spectrum, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2008 Art through Nature, space*c: Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2007 Asia-Europe Mediations, National Museum in Poznań, Poland

2007 Ida Gerhardi Förderpreis 2007, Städtische Galerie, Lüdenscheid, Germany

2007 Soft Power: Asian Attitude - Himalayas Art Museum (the former Zendai Museum of Modern Art) , Shanghai, China

2006 Förderpreis Ausstellung, AZKM (Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst Münster), Germany

2006 Wider, um, ohne, gegen, durch, für, bis, Kunsthaus Essen, Germany

2006 Made in Korea – Korean Pop Art, Galerie Martine et Thibault de la Châtre, Paris, France

2005 Between Reality and Fiction, Pictura, Dordrecht, the Netherlands

2005 Versteckt, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany

2005 Bauzaun Münster-Arkaden 2005, Project for public space, Münster, Germany

2005 Sein und Schein, Büro für Alleskönnerei, Gütersloh, Germany

2004 58. Bergische Kunstausstellung, Museum Baden, Solingen, Germany

2004 Junge Koreanische Kunst, Museum Hattingen, Germany

2004 LEERE X VISION Coming People, Project organized by MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany

2004 EMPRISE Art Award 2004, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, Museum Baden, Solingen, Germany

2003 Kunstakademie MS x 4, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Germany

2003 R2, Rothenbaumchaussee 173, Hamburg, Germany

2002 AUS BEI MIT NACH VON ZU SEIT, Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany

2002 Umhängen – Meisterschüler in Westfälischen Schlössern 2002, Kunsthaus, Bochold, Germany


Awards and Residencies

2016 Gallery Purple Studio Residency, Namyangju-si, Korea

2014 MMCA Residency Goyang, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

2013 SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea

2011 The Excellent Art Project, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, Korea

2008 Artist Fund for international exchange projects on culture and art, Arts Council Korea

2008 New Artists 2008, monthly art magazine Public Art, Seoul, Korea

2007 Emerging Artist Fund, Arts Council Korea

2006 DAAD Prize for outstanding achievements by international students at German universities

2004      Audience Award, 58. Bergische Kunstausstellung, Museum Baden, Solingen, Germany


Public Collections

Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

Songam Space Center, Yangju-si, Korea

The National Assembly of the Republic Korea, Seoul, Korea




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