Lee, Suk Ju2010

Korean Art Museum Association

Korean Art Museum Association
Seoul, South Korea


  • Title: Space-Contemplation
  • Creator: Lee, Suk Ju
  • Date Created: 2010
  • Physical Dimensions: w1303 x h1620 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Critic's Note: Lee, Suk Ju can be called an artist who successfully uses the "contrast effect" besides his outstanding talent. The range of contrasts is remarkably wide. Some of them we can expect, but some are beyond our supposition: contrasts of the artificial and the natural, of solid and materials, of clocks and horses, and so forth. When he wants to show a contrast on his canvas, he may divide it into two areas, one for each separate story. Considering even the contrast of the foreground and background, we might even say that he is an artist who wholly depends upon contrast. Then, what in the world does his use of contrast mean? We are probably able to find the answer in the way he "makes things strange." By strengthening dramatic effect through the spatial exchange of objects and thereby strengthening the effect of escape from reality. In other words, though the images introduced into his canvases are common and ordinary ones, by breaking them away from their original context he guides us to the illusion that they are floating around in an unknown space of wholly separate dimensions. It is beyond question that this is the special technique that attracts our attention.
  • Artist's Education: Hongik University. M.F.A., Painting.

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