Korean Artist Project: Lee, Gap Chul is one of 21 outstanding artists selected by the Korean Artist Project. The Korean Artist Project is a global online website which aims to promote Korean contemporary artists hosted by the Ministy of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea and organized by the Korean Art Museum Association. KAP has launched with a three-year plan spanning from 2011 to 2013. At the first step in 2011, art professionals and critics selected 21 artists, and curators from 13 private art museums organized their virtual solo exhibitions. KAP would love to introduce a diverse spectrum of Korean contemporary art to the global audience. Through these efforts, KAP will play a significant role in the promotion and development of Korean contemporary art. Also, the KAP will become a useful platform, which will serve as a stepping-stone to create cultural exchange and global networks with diverse art people. Please visit www.koreanartistproject.com
Critic's Note: Capturing Korean Culture and the Spirit of Koreans
Gap Chul Lee's images bear the traces of this experience, the rigorous training with his camera. Lee strives to attain enlightenment through his camera and photographs, which in turn is related to the disciplining of his own self.
Lee’s photography is soaked with the scents and vitality emanating from the numerous objects he has captured after strenuously seeking them out. Reacting with sensitivity to changes in seasons and conditions, time and place, the artist works with firm animal instincts. His nose and “feelers” guide him to locations. He hits the road when struck by a visceral sense that he will discover the images he desires at a particular place and time. He has claimed he can smell it, even in the city, and that he rushes to a location as the aroma spreads. The photographer attributes this feat to three years of wandering around the nation. From 1992, he and others—poets, singers, painters and sociologists—traveled all over the country seeking out a variety of cultural practices. His images bear the traces of this experience, the rigorous training with his camera. Lee strives to attain enlightenment through his camera and photographs, which in turn is related to the disciplining of his own self. He has mentioned in passing that he desired to be a Buddhist monk. He does not view Buddhism as a religion; he considers it an intimate part of his life. Getting to know one’s true self would be a method for self-discipline, as well as a life unto itself.
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Artist's Education: Shingu University. Seongnam, Korea. Photography.