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Uesung LEE (이의성) Artist Biography

Artist Statement


Uesung Lee has worked on projects that observe and reinterpret how individuals adjust to social structures. In particular, Lee questions whether labor in the realm of art (artwork) can be categorized as labor productivity in the context of work as defined by society. Such questioning leads the artist to explore artwork as well as labor of dualist nature that renders it sustainable. The findings of a research exploring materials and energy invested in works or labor are presented in the form of artworks that visualize the value and meaning of art labor.


Fine Art Particle 2018 Graphite, Paper, Steel, Wood, Aluminum Dimension Variable


Fine Art Particle 2018 Graphite, Paper, Steel, Wood, Aluminum Dimension Variable


Fine Art Particle 2018 Graphite, Paper, Steel, Wood, Aluminum Dimension Variable


Productive Drawing 2016 Graphite Powder, Clay, Steel, Wood, Aluminum, Plaster Dimension Variable


Productive Drawing 2016 Graphite Powder, Clay, Steel, Wood, Aluminum, Plaster Dimension Variable


Productive Drawing 2016 Graphite Powder, Clay, Steel, Wood, Aluminum, Plaster Dimension Variable


Paper Stones 2016 Graphite Powder, Clay, Jesmonite, Wood, Styrofoam, Paper, Steel, Aluminum, Plaster Dimension Variable


Paper Stones 2016 Graphite Powder, Clay, Jesmonite, Wood, Styrofoam, Paper, Steel, Aluminum, Plaster Dimension Variable


The Weight of Labour 2015 Wood Scraps, The Records of Time & Weight of Waste during Production Dimension Variable


The Weight of Labour 2015 Wood Scraps, The Records of Time & Weight of Waste during Production Dimension Variable


30g Line Drawing 2016 30g Graphite Sticks, 30g Wooden Ruler, Plinth 70x22x50cm


Depth of Hole 2017 6 Graphite Sticks(HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B, 9B), 6 Test Tubes, Aluminum, Pencil Case, Eraser, 6 Graphite Waste Created during Production(HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B, 9B) 85x22x50cm


Depth of Hole 2017 6 Graphite Sticks(HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B, 9B), 6 Test Tubes, Aluminum, Pencil Case, Eraser, 6 Graphite Waste Created during Production(HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B, 9B) 85x22x50cm


Price of Drawing 2016 5 Graphite Sticks, Graphite on Paper 24x60(each), 70x24x24cm


Price of Drawing 2017 5 Hammers, Graphite on Paper 40x57(each), 83x40x40cm


Reproductive Drawing 2018 Graphite on Paper 22x60cm(each)


Physical Drawing 2017 Linen, Aluminum, Steel, Anvil, Beaker, Scale, Chalkboard Sticker, Linen Thread Created during Drawing | Dimension Variable Dimension Variable


Labour Scene Investigation 2017 Jesmonite, Steel, Hammer, Plaster, Pigment, Wood Dimension Variable


Labour Scene Investigation 2017 Jesmonite, Steel, Hammer, Plaster, Pigment, Wood Dimension Variable


Chalk Forge 2017 Plasteline, Wood, Steel, Plastic, Plaster, Pigment Dimension Variable


Centrifugal Wrapping Paper 2019 Silkscreen and Pencil on Wrapping Paper, Wood, Thread, Aluminum Dimension Variable


Centrifugal Wrapping Paper 2019 Silkscreen and Pencil on Wrapping Paper, Wood, Thread, Aluminum Dimension Variable


Centrifugal Wrapping Paper 2019 Silkscreen and Pencil on Wrapping Paper, Wood, Thread, Aluminum Dimension Variable


Centrifugal Wrapping Paper 2019 Silkscreen and Pencil on Wrapping Paper, Wood, Thread, Aluminum Dimension Variable


Tissue Dispenser 2019 Aluminum, Silk screen on tissues, Artworks for winner Dimension Variable


Tissue Dispenser 2019 Aluminum, Silk screen on tissues, Artworks for winner Dimension Variable


Tissue Dispenser 2019 Aluminum, Silk screen on tissues, Artworks for winner Dimension Variable



Artist Biography


Born 1982 in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Currently lives in Seoul, Republic of Korea


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 The Thermo° Scape, Project Space SARUBIA, Seoul, Korea

2017 Drawing Laboratory, Insa Art Space / ARKO Creative Academy, Seoul, Korea


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Minus Hours, Woomin Art Center, Cheongju, Korea

2019 Corners, Keep in Touch Seoul, Seoul, Korea

2018 The 18th SongEun Art Award, SongEun Art Space, Seoul, Korea

2018 drawing and pacing around, nook gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016 Griffin Art Prize 2016, Griffin Gallery, London, UK

2016 A Camel is a Horse, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2015 Look Aboot Ye, Stirling Castle, Stirling, UK

2015 Supernormal_The Artist Plinth Project, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, UK

2015 Glasgow Open House Art Festival, 34 Montague Street, Glasgow, UK

2015 War, BAaD, Glasgow, UK

2014 A Perfect Day, Kinlochard Village Hall, Stirling, UK

2014 The Statement, Incheon Art Platform, Incheon, Korea

2013 No Mercy, No Fear, Art Center White Block, Gyeonggi, Korea

2013 Triangle art festival, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Korea

2013 You give me Fever, Kwanhoon Gallery / Art in Culture, Seoul, Korea

2013 Connotative meanings of object, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi, Korea

2013 Art wind, the City Hall of Seoul / the Seoul Museum of History, Seoul, Korea

2013 [ ] Fill in the BLANK, Gallery JoHoYun·Esther, Seoul, Korea

2013 2012 Platform Artists, Incheon Art Platform, Incheon, Korea

2012 Why is the Cider floating off Incheon?, Incheon Art Platform, Incheon, Korea

2012 Boundary of the scene, Space Beam, Incheon, Korea

2012 Haean-dong 10-1, Incheon Art Platform, Incheon, Korea

2011 Moving, Doosan Art Square / Paradise Culture Foundation, Seoul, Korea


Awards and Residencies

2018 The 18th SongEun Art Award / Excellence Prize, SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea

2016 Griffin Art Prize 2016 / Finalist, Griffin Gallery, London, UK

2012 Incheon Art Platform Artist Residency, Incheon, Korea


Public Collections

SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Korea


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