The Managed Emotion- What Are You Looking At?(NO.1)

Jae Lee2010

Korean Art Museum Association

Korean Art Museum Association
Seoul, South Korea

A door-shaped installation is intended to show our standard of judgment is rather relative. For example, the absolute good, absolute evil, social norms, and legitimacy of behavior, they have relative values. This door is derived from the Buleemoon (Bulee Gate) from Buddhist temple. Like the meaning of Bulee, there is a coexistence of ideal and real and irrationality of the black and white concept. We live on the two opposite edges: cooperation and competition, reveal and hide, and three-dimensional and two-dimensional space.


  • Title: The Managed Emotion- What Are You Looking At?(NO.1)
  • Creator: Lee, Jae Hoon, 이재훈
  • Date Created: 2010
  • Physical Dimensions: w2900 x h3500 cm
  • Type: Painting, Installation
  • Medium: Korean traditional paper, quicklime, oriental color, acrylic color. Fresco
  • Artist's Note: A monument that cannot be a monument A monument is part of a social system that one’s subjective and internal value and ideal will be involved. It pursues a group’s beliefs and idealizes social roles. A monument figure stands solemnly and rigidly as part of our society. As a monument represents superficial characteristics and symbols, its physical existence contains social values. If the ideal value, meaning it represents and the reality has a gap, the monument is perceived only as a social belief or a sign. The real meaning is forgotten and it would be a monument that cannot be a monument: a un-monument that lost its original meaning and value. Nietzsche quoted, “The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.” In other words, the irrationality is a condition of the rationality, because the relative value of them satisfies mutual existence. Thus, the existence of irrationality is a criterion of a rationality valuation. Like this, Un-monument is a paradoxical symbol to judge a value of a monument’s irrationality. This work is not trying to show the monument’s irrational role or value through the symbolism. Its purpose is to raise a 3 part question: monumentalized socially accepted norms inside our consciousness is the representation of unconditional belief and absolutes, a gap between social rationality (ideal value) and irrationality (reality), and the righteousness of these socially accepted norms being as men’s valuation standards.
  • Artist's Education: Chungang University. Seoul, Korea. B.F.A. & M.F.A., Korean Painting.

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