The LEE Dong Hoon Art Award was created to commemorate the achievements of the LEE Dong Hoon - a representative Korean artist who led the modern, contemporary art movement in Daejeon and Chungcheong Province, and to encourage the development of local art. The LEE Dong Hoon Art Award is bestowed upon seasoned artists who have greatly contributed to the development of Korean art, while the Special Prize are given to skilled artists in middle age who are based in Daejeon, Chungcheong Province. Since its inception 16 years ago, the LEE Dong Hoon Art Award has established itself as a representative art award in Korea and has honored over 15 practiced artists and 22 Special Prize recipients. This year's exhibition features the works of the 15th LEE Dong Hoon Art Award's Special Prize winners, SONG Byongzib and LEE Jaehwang, treating visitors to an intimate look inside the worlds of these celebrated artists.
SONG Byongzib presents his views of Meta-reality, using fine art photography to explore the uncertainty of reality and the essence of the world beyond. LEE Jaehwang introduces his earlier experimental works and most recent pieces, which are the results of his research on underglaze iron-brown painted buncheong ware from Mt. Gyeryong kilns. Using the two different media-painting and pottery, SONG and LEE celebrate the original aesthetic forms of the past while at the same time seeking new directions for Korean contemporary art.
SONG Byongzib shies away from his works on objet d'art and instead explores a deeper artistic philosophy that embraces meta-reality, an interpretation of reality that transcends beyond mere physical reality. Meta-realism is often confused with surrealism since both movements involve alternate interpretations of reality. However, while surrealism is concerned with the world of the unconscious mind beyond reality, meta-realism actively confronts reality and focuses heavily on exploring the true essence of s.
Deeply fascinated with underglaze iron-brown painted buncheong ware from Mt. Gyeryong kilns in the late fifteenth century, LEE Jaehwang has studied buncheong ware intensively and incorporated the results of his studies in his artwork for over the past thirty years. Buncheong ware refers to ceramics with dull gray surfaces covered in white slip, which differs from the blue celadon of other antique ceramic pieces. Since buncheong ware was historically created by individual potters across the country rather than in state-controlled kilns, this type of pottery reflects the humbleness of the common people and even a touch of humor. Unlike other buncheong ware, underglaze iron-brown painted buncheong ware was typically decorated with unrestrained brushstrokes. Since the clay was extremely water absorbent, potters needed to complete their brushstrokes quickly. This speedy movement of brushstrokes gave birth to vibrant patterns and a style characterized by drastic omissions. The artistry of buncheong ware, free from formalities, remains an aesthetic archetype for numerous ceramists.