Haejin Lee’s unraveling ceramic sculptures 

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Beautiful Decay (by Tamara Akcay):

Intertwined strips of ceramics escaping from their original form. Haejin Lee’s abstract sculptures blend perfection and fantasy. A flawless object, face or body part suddenly disintegrates into a uncontrolled harmonized chaos. Fascinated by the indefinite loop of the Mobius strip (a surface with a non orientable property), she brings into her art pieces the transformation of a flat surface into a 3 dimensional rendering. The final piece mirrors two essential aspects for the artist: continuity and infinity.

The dichotomy between perfection and confusion reflects the technical difficulties the artist had to face while conceptualizing the pieces. In order to get a steady work of art, she had to anticipate the weight of the strips once dried and heated. Often created in monochromatic tones, the plain colors add intensity to the sculptures.
Haejin Lee is inviting us to interpret the passage from reality to surrealism. As if the strips, bandages of our exterior enveloppe had to fly away in order to reveal the essence of our souls, imagination and creativity. By acknowledging that the pieces were ‘almost impossible to balance’, the artist insists on the difficulty yet essential need for individuals to unconsciously or not; define their equilibrium.

Discover the work of Haejin Lee, her abstract sculptures and her tableware collection on herwebsite and Instagram

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Korean artist’s hyper-realistic oil paintings look like photographs…

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Korean artist Kang Kang Hoon is a hyper-realism genius who paints oil paintings that look so much like photographs, it’s  hard to tell the difference even when you’re looking at a close-up. Hoon takes every hair, pore, wrinkle, reflection and shadow and works on it for hours until it looks totally real.

On top of that, every subject of these painstakingly detailed creations is donning some sort of strange accessory – from hair curlers or a diving mask to ice-cream on their heads or paper grenades. As the artist states himself, “through the imagination, I want to express the harshness of the real word, step into reality, and awaken the senses. Moreover, through my paintings, I want to depict the modern person who dreams of an escape from his inner turmoil.”

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Korean artist’s hyper-realistic oil paintings look like photographs

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The art of Lee Jinju


Korean artist Lee Jinju‘s paintings are visual contemplations on the questions oft-repeated in life. Lee focuses on the residue of negative events and emotions which constantly resurface in everyday life. All rendered with Korean color on fabric, Lee’s paintings of memories encapsulated and floating islands scattered with relics of passing lives are poignant and unsettling. Memory is a powerful enigma many artists seek to debunk in their artwork, but the deep intensity with which Lee explores the painful questions of memory resounds throughout these images.

Life wanders, but memories remain,” quotes the artist.

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The art of Lee Jinju