Gallery Hyundai and Lévy Gorvy are pleased to announce an exhibition of Seung-taek Lee (b. 1932). This show affords an intimate and focused look at Lee’s rarely seen works derived from paper and stones created in the 1970s and early 1980s, offering new insights into an oeuvre defined by its elegant and unconventional approach to the lyricism and malleability of form.
Sited in the historic Palazzo Caboto, the exhibition opens with a work from Lee’s Godret Stone series. Begun in 1958, the series’ title alludes to the small stones used by Korean artisans to weight traditional mats while weaving. Grooved and hung from wooden bars with rope, the stones appear to float, thus belying their solid physicality. Such suspensions of expectation are typical of Lee’s practice, which lingers on the discrepancies between appearance and reality.